EAPS new role as a host-department in the Computational Science and Engineering program marries data and Earth sciences. The Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS) at MIT has expanded its academic program to include a new doctoral field: Computational Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. EAPS is the latest department to participate in the Computational Science and Engineering (CSE) PhD program, which has been offering PhD degrees in computation since 2013. This move resonates with the Institute's building awareness of the advantages provided by education based in computation, which recently culminated with the creation of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing.
While enrolled in the CSE program, students are able to specialize at the doctoral level in a computation-related field of their choice through focused coursework and a doctoral thesis through a number of participating host departments, including Aeronautics and Astronautics, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics, and Nuclear Science and Engineering, and now EAPS.
EAPS-affiIiated CSE graduate students will be able to analyze complex Earth and planetary systems, and mysteries of the natural world, leveraging cutting-edge computing and data science.
"Computation is playing an ever-growing role in addressing earth science questions, like those central to the study of climate and earthquakes. Adding the PhD track will ensure that the department remains an educational leader, fostering the next generation of earth researchers," says Raffaele Ferrari, Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Oceanography and Chair of the EAPS Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate (PAOC), who helped to-shepherd the creation of the new degree.
MIT has progressively invested in computation's use around the Institute and in the classroom, with several initiatives and the formation of the College of Computing. The new Computational Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences degree offers several advantages for the department and its students. EAPS members are already performing state-of-the-art computational research, and earth science disciplines are increasingly incorporating elements of artificial intelligence and machine learning. By integrating modern computational techniques and machine intelligence into the curriculum, the department will improve the visibility of its research, enhance its ability to attract and produce top talent in computational science, as well as remain at the forefront of geoscience study and education. And, having received specific credit for their work, EAPS graduates of the program will come away with enhanced opportunities for future careers.
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