[SC2]: “Scientific Computing Student Club”

We are seeking new officers. Contact us at sc2-officers@umich.edu for more information.

The Scientific Computing Student Club (SC2) is a student organization at the University of Michigan that includes students and postdocs from many disciplines and interests, but that are united in our common problems and sometimes solutions in the broader science that is scientific computing.

SC2 Goals

  • Develop a community across disciplines that fosters collaboration and peer support for scientific computing
  • Promote the best practices and standards relating to scientific computing
  • Teach and learn about computing resources, languages and environments available at the University of Michigan and at major computing resources
  • Aid in the creation and sharing of open-source projects
  • Provide a forum for the sharing of the computational triumphs of members research as well as potentially helpful developments and information learned along the way

Want to Join?

All of the UM community involved in scientific computing is welcome. MICDE affiliation is not required.

MEMBERSHIP: If you are a student or postdoc, you can join by filling out this form. You need to be logged in your umich account. You will automatically be added to the SC2 forum.


Past Officers

  • Suyash Tandon
    Mechanical Engineering
    President 2019-2020
  • Bobbie Wu
    LSA Liaison 2019-2020
  • Benjamin Swerdlow
    Materials Science and Engineering
    President 2018-2019
  • Jason Luce
    Materials Science and Engineering
    Vice-President 2015-2019
  • Jacob Garves
    Materials Science and Engineering
    Secretary/Treasurer 2018
  • James Proctor
    Materials Science and Engineering
    President 2017-2018
  • Eric Harper
    Materials Science and Engineering
    President 2015-2017
  • Chrisy Xiyu Du
    Secretary/Treasurer (2015-2017)

Random Job Postings

(or other opportunities)

On occasion we are asked to advertise jobs or internship opportunities among club members. Here is where we post them.

If you would like to post a job here send an email to sc2-officers@umich.edu. They will be posted for up to 3 months

SiTime Internship Opportunity

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SiTime,the market leader in silicon MEMS timing, will host an internship open house on Thursday, March 16 at 4-6 pm in 1100 Victors Way suite 1150, Ann Arbor for students…

Principles of Intelligent Behavior in Biological and Social Systems (PIBBSS) Fellowship

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Summer fellowship for researchers, primarily for PhD students and postdocs with experience studying complex and intelligent behavior in biological and social systems. Fellows will work on selected projects at the…

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s X Computational Physics Workshop and Internship Programs 2023

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Applications for LANL’s X-Computational Physics (XCP) division’s summer 2023 workshop / internship programs are open now. Participants will receive a fellowship stipend, the amount to be determined based on your…


All our events, and other related activities are in our EVENT CALENDAR

Visualization Workshop Series and 2020 Challenge

The visualization challenge has been postponed. Stay tuned for further news.

Past Events - 2020


When: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Pierpont Commons B505 (2101 Bonisteel Blvd) North Campus

Learn to interactively visualize and analyze data ranging in scale from small (<101 cores) desktop-sized projects to large (>105 core) leadership-class computing facility simulation campaigns. Dr. Allen Sanderson, an expert from the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (Utah), will teach this workshop.

Past Events - 2019


When: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Room 2001A Modern Language Building (812 E Washington St)

This workshop will provide some tools, tips, and packages that make data processing and visualization in R easier. Some coding experience is required – not necessarily R.


When: Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Room 2001A MLB (812 E Washington St)

QGIS is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS). You can visualize, manage, edit, analyse data, and compose printable maps. The workshop will use R.


When: Thursday, October, 24, 2019 | 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Where: Visualization Studio, Duderstadt Center (2281 Bonisteel)

Learn how to format, load and visualize your data in 3D. Jugular works in U-M M.I.D.E.N., the Occulus Rift and any desktop window. The U-M 3D Lab will teach this workshop and show us the available tools in-house.

Past Events - 2018

[SC2] KLA Tech Talk and Recruiting Event

When: Thursday, January 24 @ noon
Where: 2000A Phoenix Lab (2301 Bonisteel)
RSVP at klaevents@umich.edy by January 22

Please see the flyer for more information


When: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
Where: U-M MDC (2903 Baxter Rd)

[SC2] High Performance Computing and Data Science Workshop

This workshop seeks to arm you with knowledge of existing HPC and Data Science tools used for ML that you can easily integrate in your research workflow. For more information, including a tentative syllabus, visit https://micde.umich.edu/sc2/machine-learning-2018/

Every Thursday from 6:00 – 7:00 pm
October 4 – November 29, except November 22
3150 Dow (2300 Hayward St)

[SC2 Alumni Series] Eric Harper, NRC Research Associate, AFRL

Seminar: Machine Accelerated Nano-targeted Inhomogenous Structures
Friday, Nov 9, 2018 | 1:00 p.m.| 2540 GG Brown (2300 Hayward St)

Career lunch with the speaker @ noon.

[SC2]  Welcome Meet-up: Arbor Brewing Company
(114 E Washington)

When: Friday, November 2, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.
Where: ABC Brewery

[SC2] XSEDE HPC Workshop Series

ARC-TS and the Scientific Computing Student Club hosted a satellite site for XSEDE hands-on workshops during the summer. These workshops provide a convenient way for researchers to learn about the latest techniques and technologies of current interest in HPC.

[MICDE] 2018 Annual Symposium

March 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Rackham Building, 4th Floor (915 E Washington)

Don’t forget to register to MICDE’s Annual Symposium. This year’s keynote speaker is Cleve Moler, author of MatLab and co-founder of MathWorks. To register and more information visit http://micde.umich.edu/symposium18/

[SC2] Lunch with MICDE Alumni: Lois Smith

March 16, 2018 @ noon
Room 1180 Duderstadt Center (2281 Bonisteel Blvd)

Lois graduated from Michigan in the Fall 2016 with a PhD from the AOSS (now Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering) department and was a MICDE fellow and Certificate in Computational Discovery & Engineering alumni. Since graduating, she has been in industry working as a data scientist (iSpot, Microsoft). She is back on campus and will join the SC2 to talk about her transition to industry and how MICDE and her training in computational sciences helped on the way.


Past Events - 2017


Meeting times: Fridays @ 6:00 p.m.
Location: 1311 EECS (1301 Beal Ave)
Every Friday from October 6 – December 1, 2017, except November 24, 2017

[SC2] 2017 NVIDIA Visualization Challenge Winners Announced 

Congratulations to our winners!
1st Place: Course Critique by Galina Grom, Ph.D. Student, Physics
2nd Place: C Sound by Aritra Sasmal, Ph.D. Student, Mechanical Engineering
And thank you to all those who participated by submitting and judging all our projects. See our submissions with links to hosted project here.

[MICDE] Annual Symposium – the New Era of Data-Enabled Science

April 18, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 5: 00 p.m.
Rackham Building (915 E. Washington St.)

[SC2] 2017 NVIDIA Visualization Challenge

Projects due on April 1
Need help with a 3D visualization? Email Ted Hall, from the 3D Lab at tdhall@umich.edu
Have questions? Email sc2-officers@umich.edu

[SC2/MICDE] Joint Seminar: Eric Jankowski, Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering, Boise State University

Wed., March 8, 2017 @ 2:00 p.m.
2540 GG Brown (2350 Hayward St.)

More information here: http://micde.umich.edu/event/sc2micde-seminar-eric-jankowski-material-science-and-engineering-boise-state-university/

[SC2] 3D Lab Tour

Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017 @ 5:00 p.m.
Digital Media Commons, Duderstadt Center (2281 Bonisteel Blvd)

The 3D Lab will give a brief tour and presentation of the 3D visualization resources available to students and all researchers at U-M. Space is limited to 20 people, so register here

We’ll meet in the Central Collaboration Area at the center of the ground floor.

[SC2] Launching of 2017 NVIDIA Visualization Challenge + Presentation: Simple Data Management with signac

Thur., Feb. 2, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
1311 EECS (1301 Beal Ave.)

The SC2, partnered with MICDE, the U-M 3D Lab and NVIDIA, will officially launch the 2017 NVIDIA Visualization Challenge aimed for students to use the latest visualization tools and technology to show their research data in creative ways. For more information, including deadlines and prizes, click here.


Simon Adorf (PhD Candidate, Chem. Eng.) will give a presentation about “Simple Data Management with signac”

ABSTRACT: We will give a brief introduction to the signac data management framework for agile computational workflows, followed by presenting interactive examples using jupyter notebooks hosted online. The signac framework aids in the management of large and heterogeneous data spaces. It provides a simple and robust data model to create a well-defined indexable storage layout for data and metadata. This makes it easier to operate on large data spaces, streamlines post-processing and analysis and makes data collectively accessible.

Everyone is encouraged to bring a laptop in order to be able to follow along.

Past Events - 2016

[SC2] Scientific Computing Student Club – Elections and Protocat presentation

Tue., Dec. 6, 2016, 6:00 p.m. EECS 1003

We are having elections next Tuesday! Please consider running for a position (all are available) and attending. We will have food and drinks.

We will also be having a talk from the Biological Software Team. They compete at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Jamboree with over 300 teams from 54 countries. Last year they won a gold medal, and the prize for Best Software Project, and they would like to involve more people and get support in the development of their software for next year’s competition.

  • Please feel free to contact any of the officers if you have questions about the officer positions, etc.

[SC2] Visualizing the Zombie Apocalypse: sharing/publishing your data interactively

Tue., Nov. 22, 2016

While static journal articles may still be the most effective academic currency today, pdfs or even slide decks are far from the most effective way to share your data and results. Allowing your audience to interact with you data provides a more meaningful way to communicate and provide your audience with understanding. At this meeting we will cover some examples of interactivity using github.io.

SC2 DEMO: Visualization on remote resources

Tuesday, Oct. 25 @ West Hall 340

One of the advantages of scientific computing research is the ability to use powerful supercomputers from the convenience of your home computer, laptop, tablet, or even phone! In the next SC2 meeting club members will be demonstrating how you can use these remote resources to run and visualize simulations. Additionally, we will be demonstrating the “scientific python” stack (Python, NumPy, Scipy) to duplicate MATLAB functionality with free, open source software.

Here are some of the resources we talked about:

Example Notebooks

The Jupyter Notebooks used in the presentation are available on our club’s bitbucket repository. If you haven’t been added, please create an account and send Eric Harper an email asking to be added.

Data Visualization

Python plotting libraries:

  1. matplotlib: widely used and widely applicable, great for creating publication-quality images, a little slow for interactive visualization
  2. bokeh: newer visualization library, very useful for interactive data exploration and visualization. Not quite ready for publication quality images, but under active development (consider contributing if you’d like)
  3. Seaborn: Wraps matplotlib for more useful out-of-the-box visualization
  4. plot.ly: Multi-language plotting library (python is open-source and free).

SC2 High Performance Computing resources available to U-M students

Tuesday, Oct. 11 @ EECS 1003

Did you know that U-M has a high capacity, secure research storage and a free data science cluster? Did you know that XSEDE is a free scientific discovery infrastructure funded by NSF and available to anyone that needs it? Brock Palen, Associate Director of Advanced Research Computing-Technology Services, joined us to talk about these and all the high performance computing (HPC) resources available to U-M graduate and undergraduate students. A summary of his presentation is here.

SC2 Fall 2016 First Meeting

September 9, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m.
Met the SC2 officers and talked about our current goals. Slides here

 XSEDE Summer Boot Camp, hosted by SC2

June 14-17,  Duderstadt Center
XSEDE, along with the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will be presented a Hybrid Computing workshop.

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2016 MICDE Annual Symposium

The Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering 2016 Symposium, its biggest event of the year, took place on April 7, 2016 in the Rackham Building. For more information, visit the Symposium page.

[SC2] Seminar: Next Generation HPC? What Spark, TensorFlow, and Chapel are teaching us about large-scale numerical computing

Tue., March 22, 2016

For years, the academic science and engineering community was almost alone in pursuing very large-scale numerical computing, and MPI – the 1990s-era message passing library – was the lingua franca for such work. But starting in the mid-2000s, others became interesting in large-scale computing on data.

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Flux Facility Tour

Thur., March 10, 2016

Are you curious about all those nodes and cores you use on a daily basis? Where are they located, how are they connected or how much energy they require? Advance Research Computing – Technology Services is hosting the SC2 for a guided tour of the facility that houses Flux and other U-M computer infrastructure.

MSC Software’s Engineering Simulation Software

Thur., February 24, 2016

MSC Software, started in 1963, is one of the oldest simulation software companies. It has an office in Ann Arbor where they develop their Adams software for the simulation of nonlinear multibody dynamics systems.

As part of the Scientific Computing Student Club activities, MSC Software representatives will be coming to campus to showcase some of their simulation tools, and talk about opportunities for summer and semester internships.

Learn more about MSC Software and its products by visiting www.mscsoftware.com

SC2 Elections and, why not? watch an episode of Silicon Valley over popcorn
Tue., February 9, 2016

SC2 Kick-off Event at Arbor Brewing Company
Fri., February 5, 2016

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