The Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences (IACS) was established in October 1996 to develop strong research and educational programs in the areas of astrophysics and computational sciences at The Catholic University of America, and promote closer cooperation between Catholic University and government agencies and with industry. This has been done to take advantage of Catholic University’s proximity to major laboratories and its existing collaborations with government and private enterprise. The ultimate goal is to enhance research, educational, and employment opportunities for Catholic University faculty, research staff, and students over what is typically offered in the academic environment. The IACS operates within the Department of Physics at Catholic University.