National CSG fellow

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May 6, 2015

Zane Crawford awarded national Computational Science Graduate Fellowship 

Zane Crawford has earned a Computational Science Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Energy. Crawford is an Honors College senior with a dual major in electrical engineering and computer engineering in the College of Engineering.Zane Crawford will use his national Computational Science Graduate Fellowship to research essential breakthroughs in science via computing. He will pursue a dual PhD degree in ECE and CMSE. He is advised by ECE/CMSE's Shanker Balasubramaniam.

The fellowship is administered by the Krell Institute and supports approximately 70 students who are pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. It was established in 1991 to address the shortage of computational scientists in the United States.

The program includes an annual stipend of $36,000, full tuition and fees, an academic allowance and a 12-week practicum at a DOE site with access to DOE supercomputers.

“I am overjoyed at the opportunity to focus on research topics that truly interest me, thanks to the support of a fellowship,” Crawford said. “Furthermore, I see these awards as not just recognition of my accomplishments and my potential for future success, but recognition and a reflection of the people and communities that have inspired me and molded me into the person I am today.”

Crawford will graduate in May with his bachelor’s degree and then continue at Michigan State University in pursuit of his doctorate with a research focus on computational electromagnetics.

He plans on pursuing a dual PhD degree in MSU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the new MSU Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE). He is advised by ECE/CMSE’s Shanker Balasubramaniam. 

Andrew Christlieb, department chair of the new CMSE department, said Crawford is very deserving of this national honor. “The DoE CSGF is a very prestigious high visibility fellowship, with only a small number awarded nationally each year,” Christlieb said. “Fellowship recipients must be working on the cutting edge of computational science, focusing on challenging problems where novel methods in large scale computing represent a key fulcrum for making progress. Many of the former recipients are now leaders at DoE and DoD national labs. 

“This places Zane in a possible future leadership role and shows that MSU is well positioned to become a leader in the area of large scale computing,” Christlieb continued. “MSU is committed to being a world leader in large scale computing and data science. The new department's educational mission is to focus on creating a fertile environment where students, such as Zane, will be able to focus on developing the cross disciplinary skills that lead to essential breakthroughs in science via computing,” Christlieb added. 

Crawford is originally from West Bloomfield, Mich., graduating from Walled Lake Central High School. He is a member of the Honors College Dean’s Advisory Council, Honors College Programming Board, Honors Students Actively Recruiting (H-STAR), the electrical honors society Tau Beta Pi, and the electrical engineering society IEEE - Eta Kappa Nu.

He has presented at the Acoustics Society of America and IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, as well as participated in the Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experience and Graduate Research Symposium. Crawford’s research has focused on surface representations and integration methods for accelerated electromagnetic integral-equation solvers.