History 2017-09-02T19:58:19+00:00


The Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering (CCHE) was established in 1982, as a research unit in the School of Engineering at The University of Mississippi, by the State of Mississippi’s Institutions of Higher Learning Board of Trustees. Due to international recognition and national prominence, The University of Mississippi decided in 1999 to rename CCHE to NCCHE (National Center for Computational Hydroscience and Engineering), to broaden its activities and accelerate its progress.

NCCHE’s mission is to foster the growth of research in computational hydroscience and engineering, which is the foundation for the development of new research and engineering tools, computational simulation models for conducting scientific research, engineering analysis and design, and environmental and ecological impact assessments in the area of natural resources (soil and water) conservation.

Since its establishment, NCCHE has made significant contributions, which have earned the Center international recognition, to the advancement of computational modeling and simulation of free surface flows, soil erosion, sediment transport and morphological processes in streams, reservoirs, and channel networks in watersheds. NCCHE has been invited by prestigious professional societies to host several major international conferences and has welcomed many renowned visiting scientists. Dr. Sam S. Y. Wang, the Director of NCCHE, has been invited to chair conferences and to deliver keynotes and special lectures at professional meetings and research institutes in more than 30 countries on six continents.

Supported by several federal agencies in the field of hydroscience and engineering, NCCHE was awarded a Congressional appropriation of approximately $1,000,000 annually with a mandate to develop, verify, refine, validate, and apply state-of-the-art computational simulation models, which are applied in cooperation with several federal agencies to the conservation of water and soil resources and to the protection of the quality of the environment and ecology. During a budget tightening period, these cost-effective research and engineering tools are in high demand. These tools could be used to achieve agencies’ responsibilities with reduced financial resources.

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