The Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program (PASI) is a joint funding initiative of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE). The PASIs are instructional events of several days duration aimed at the advanced graduate, post-doctoral and junior faculty level.

This PASI, titled “The science of predicting and understanding tsunamis, storm surges, and tidal phenomena”, was submitted to NSF in early 2012, and selected for funding in August.  It will be held on January 2 – 13, 2013 at Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, in Valparaíso, Chile.

The principal investigator and main organizer of this PASI is Professor Lorena A Barba, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University.

The awarded funding of US$ 99,945 will permit 8 distinguished scientists to take part in the instruction of PASI participants and interact with the local scientific community in Valparaíso, Chile;  it will also award travel grants to 25 scholars to attend as general participants.

Applications for travel grants were received online via this website, and selected participants are announced on our News section.


Additional funding

The Scientific and Technological Center of Valparaíso, CCTVal, has awarded supplementary funding of almost US$10,000 to offer hosting (labs, AV equipment and staff, coffee breaks, speaker recognition dinner) and support for students coming from other Chilean cities to help with lodging in Valparaíso.

Organizing Committee

  • Prof Lorena A Barba, Boston University, US (committee chair and PI)
  • Prof André Nachbin, Instituto de Matematica Pura e Aplicada, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Prof Ridgway Scott, Depts. of Computer Science & Mathematics, University of Chicago, US
  • Dr Augustus Vogel, Office of Naval Research Global, Santiago, Chile

Local Organizing Committee

  • Prof Luis Salinas, Department of Informatics, UTFSM
  • Prof Patricio Catalán, Department of Civil Engineering, UTFSM