One for the Professor

Graham F. Carey, Ph.D. (November 14, 1944- September 16, 2011)

My first meeting with Dr. Graham Carey was an accident. I had passed by the Computational Fluid Dynamics lab he directed at my university on many occasions, and I used to wonder what happened in there. But I had never summoned up the courage to just knock and ask. Reflecting back today on Dr. Carey’s warm and welcoming nature, I might as well have just met him through a knock on that door, rather than a fortuitous mix-up during academic advising.

After looking at my selection of courses (loaded with all kinds of Mathematics subjects), Dr. Carey invited me to his lab. From there on, Dr. Carey was both my guide in academics and a mentor in life. His scholarship in the subjects of Finite Element Methods and Fluid Dynamics is evident for anyone who works in these fields. His enthusiasm for these subjects, and for mathematics in general inspired everyone who came into professional contact with him. Dr. Carey loved Fluid Mechanics. I will never forget the times when we would go through his treasured books on flow visualization, and promise ourselves that we would simulate those flows on a computer one day.

Another thing I will never forget is Dr. Carey’s understanding of life, this world and his willingness to share and discuss his perspectives with everyone. He was an academic and thinker in the truest sense of the word, always asking questions about the world. Perhaps, it was this understanding that made him such a humble person and such a great professional to work with. His disarming smile and sense of humor never failed to put anyone at ease. For me, Dr. Carey was an outstanding professor and human being, knowledgeable, hard working, compassionate and humble. My life and this world is a much poorer place without his presence.

The University of Texas at Austin has setup a scholarship to honor Dr. Carey. The scholarship will support bright, young undergraduates who are entering Computational Science, a science which promises the human race better understanding of everything from climate change to cancer growth. Recipients of the scholarship will complete the rigorous Computational Science and Engineering Certificate Program, in which they will take courses from leading researchers in Computational Science and complete a Scientific Computing project under their guidance.

I am fortunate that Dr. Carey introduced me to this field as an undergraduate. There is no doubt that he would have liked for many more young minds to explore this area. Therefore, I am dedicating my Austin marathon run to raising funds for this scholarship. I am seeking your support for the “Graham F. Carey Computational Science Scholarship Fund.” Please contribute using the web link below, by following these steps:

  • Please go to this web page: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/nlogon/vip/ogp.WBX?menu=VRIC
  • Please click the second pull down menu (ICES – Institute for Computational Engineering +)
  • Please select Graham F. Carey Scholarship in Computational Science from the menu that appears
  • Please leave the UT EID and Response Code boxes blank
  • Finally, please fill form 2 and email me at vikram@ices.utexas.edu once you have made your contribution

I really appreciate your generous contributions. Please do write to me at the email address above or by commenting below if you have any questions/concerns. My marathon training with Team AID has been fantastic so far and I completed my longest run (22 miles) yesterday. I look forward to the race and your support.

Thanks.

Vikram Garg.

(January 30, 2011)

(The picture of Dr. Carey is from: http://www.ices.utexas.edu/memorial/GrahamCarey/)

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