About IACS

Our Mission

At the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, IACS is the home for students and faculty who are tackling major challenges in science and the world through the use of computational methods.

We train graduate students to solve real-world problems and conduct innovative research by using mathematical models, algorithms, systems innovations and statistical tools. Embedded within a large liberal arts research University, IACS serves as a focal point for interdisciplinary collaborations in computational science and data science at Harvard and the Boston area community. Click HERE to read the 2018 - 2019 IACS Annual Report. 

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Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

As an educational community within Harvard University, the Institute for Applied Computational Science has a responsibility to provide education and encourage scholarship that advances ethical data science, exposes bias in the way data and data science is used, and advances research into fair and responsible data science. We also have a responsibility to build a diverse, inclusive, and representative community offering opportunities to those who have been historically marginalized.

We can have the greatest impact on students with intentional work in our role as educators. Our measure of success will be the students we educate who, by interacting and learning with other community members, and in their coursework and research projects, will be able to take their knowledge and experience into the world and help address systemic racism at the companies and organizations they will join.

IACS Team & Staff

Cathy Chute

Cathy Chute

Executive Director
Assistant Dean for Professional Programs and Executive Director for IACS
Efthimios Kaxiras

Efthimios Kaxiras

Faculty Director, IACS
John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics
Weiwei Pan

Weiwei Pan

Research Associate
IACS Postdoctoral Researcher
Master of Science in CSE, 2017
Pavlos Protopapas

Pavlos Protopapas

Lecturer and Scientific Program Director
IACS Scientific Program Director and Lecturer
Sauro Succi

Sauro Succi

Visiting Professor in Computational Science
Pavlos Protopapas

Pavlos Protopapas

Lecturer and Scientific Program Director
IACS Scientific Program Director and Lecturer
Sauro Succi

Sauro Succi

Visiting Professor in Computational Science
Weiwei Pan

Weiwei Pan

Research Associate
IACS Postdoctoral Researcher
Master of Science in CSE, 2017

Affiliates

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Michael P. Brenner

Applied Mathematics
Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics and Professor of Physics
Harvard College Professor
Efthimios Kaxiras

Efthimios Kaxiras

Faculty Director, IACS
John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics
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Efthimios Kaxiras

Efthimios Kaxiras

Faculty Director, IACS
John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics
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Michael P. Brenner

Applied Mathematics
Glover Professor of Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics and Professor of Physics
Harvard College Professor
Efthimios Kaxiras

Efthimios Kaxiras

Faculty Director, IACS
John Hasbrouck Van Vleck Professor of Pure and Applied Physics
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Zhiming Kuang

Environmental Science and Engineering; FAS/Earth and Planetary Science
Gordon McKay Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science
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Brian Hayes

Brian Hayes

IACS Associate
Senior Writer, American Scientist Magazine
Karim Pichara

Karim Pichara

Associate in Computer Science
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Rosalind Reid

Rosalind Reid

IACS Associate
Executive Director, Council for the Advancement of Science Writing
Mauricio Santillana

Mauricio Santillana

IACS Associate
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Faculty member, Computational Health Informatics Program, Boston Children's Hospital
Isaac Slavitt

Isaac Slavitt

IACS Fellow
Co-Founder, Driven Data
Master of Science in CSE, 2014
Alexander Wissner-Gross

Alexander Wissner-Gross

Associate in Computer Science
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab