Robert Harrison

DOE taps SBU guru, for a billion-billion reasons

By GREGORY ZELLER // An ambitious nationwide computational-chemistry effort – which could enhance critical biomass-based energy production, among other next-level sciences – will be led by one of Stony Brook University’s biggest brains. The U.S. Department of Energy has named Robert Harrison, director of SBU’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science, chief architect of a DOE effort to improve the functionality of high-performance computational chemistry, which combines theoretical chemistry methods and super-efficient software to calculate structures,…


SBU hitting its STRIDE, with NSF’s help

With Big Data piling up at an almost incalculable rate, a seven-figure National Science Foundation grant will help prepare Stony Brook University’s next generation of scientists for complex decision-making scenarios. A $3 million NSF Research Traineeship grant, awarded to SBU’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science, will benefit students across a wide range of departments and disciplines, SBU said this week, including those studying mathematics, biomedical informatics, computer science and ecology, among other subjects, as well…


National stage for SBU’s computer-science center

By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University’s cutting-edge Institute for Advanced Computational Science will play a key role in a national effort to give Big Data power to thousands of new researchers. The IACS will lend the number-crunching might of its high-speed SeaWulf computer cluster to the Molecular Sciences Software Institute, a new national initiative supported by a five-year, $19.4 million National Science Foundation grant. All told, the NSF is pouring some $35 million over the…


The Debrief: Robert Harrison’s 2,000X laptop

As a chemist and a mathematician, Robert Harrison appreciates the vital role computers play in all modern sciences. As director of Stony Brook University’s Institute for Advanced Computational Science and chief scientist of Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Computational Science Initiative, he’s determined to make sure regional scientific and commercial interests appreciate it also. With SBU announcing the arrival of its new high-speed, $2 million SeaWulf computer cluster, the Cambridge University PhD and professor of applied mathematics…