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On April 24, 1994, 32 students and two faculty members from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands visited the Rice University campus through the coordination of the CRPC. The trip was organized by Vespucci, a study society of computer science and mathematics students at Delft that has come to the United States on two other occasions since 1983.

While at Rice, the group listened to talks on parallel Fortran by Ken Kennedy and on parallel simulation of groundwater cleanup and flow in porous media by Clint Dawson. They also had the chance to converse with Rice faculty and students after the talks. In Houston, the group also visited NASA Johnson Space Center and Shell Bellaire Research.

The stop in Houston was one of several that the students made on their trip to the United States. Their itinerary also included universities and companies in New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco. The goal of the trip was to get a good view of the latest developments in American research in the fields of applied mathematics and computer science. Technical themes for this year's excursion to the United States were parallel computation, simulation, graphics, and concurrent engineering. Trips, which are partially subsidized by several Dutch companies, have also been made to Japan and Eastern Europe in previous years.

Overall, the group was excited about visiting research institutions in the United States. Erik de Kroon, chair of Vespucci and a student who helped to organize the trip, noted that academic researchers in this country were "very effective in making commercial contacts and in working with industry. They were also very enthusiastic when it came to interacting with students." Charles van der Mast, an associate professor in Delft's Department of Information Systems, also added, "The trip has been a very good way for students and faculty to make new contacts and really go beyond the borders of the university environment. Through these trips, we may even be able to arrange for student exchanges with American universities."

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