Graduate student Narain receives Intel PhD Fellowship

Graduate student Rahul Narain, in the department of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the recipient of one of this year’s Intel PhD Fellowships, as announced by Intel on September 17.

The Intel PhD Fellowship program selects students who do research in one of Intel’s technical areas: Hardware Systems Technology and Design, Software Technology and Design, or Semiconductor Technology and Manufacturing. Recipients receive a generous fellowship award that covers stipend, tuition, travel and related expenses for nine months.

Narain’s dissertation topic is Multi-Level Simulation of Complex Phenomena, which he is working on under his advisor, Ming Lin. His research focuses on enabling the efficient animation of complex phenomena such as human crowds, fluids and granular materials, while retaining visually important small-scale detail.

The Intel PhD Fellowships are considered very prestigious, and winning students are recognized as being tops in their areas of research. This year, 26 fellowships were awarded and Narain was the only recipient from the state of North Carolina.

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