Our vision is to be an internationally recognized center in data and computational science, having vibrant multidisciplinary research and education programs, with broad leadership and benefit across Stony Brook and SUNY, and with demonstrated economic benefit to New York State.
To realize our vision, IACS will make sustained advances in the fundamental techniques of computation and data, with high-impact applications in engineering and the physical, environmental, life and social sciences. Emphasizing excellence and diversity in our actions, we will grow to ~150 people by 2018. In coordination with the Center for Data Driven Discovery at Brookhaven National Laboratory, our dynamic and diverse institute will serve as an ideal training and proving ground for new generations of students and researchers, and will provide computational leadership and resources across the SBU campus and the State of New York.
We presently have 11 faculty spanning chemistry, materials by design, condensed matter, astrophysics, atmospheric science, nano-science, sociology, applied mathematics, and computer science. Another approximate 30 faculty are affiliated with the institute from diverse departments, and we are actively recruiting two senior endowed positions and two junior positions in computer science and applied mathematics.
We began with a transformational $10 million anonymous donation plus matching funds of equal value from the Simons Foundation that enabled Stony Brook University to establish our institute. Our integrated, multidisciplinary team of faculty, students, and staff overcome the limitations at the very core of how we compute, collectively take on challenges of otherwise overwhelming complexity and scale, and individually and jointly define new frontiers and opportunities for discovery through computation.