Team

The COMP-M team is made of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics:

Beatrice Riviere

Noah G. Harding chair and professor
Dr. Riviere received her Ph.D. in 2000 from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of more than sixty scientific publications in numerical analysis and scientific computing.  Her book on the theory and implementation of discontinuous Galerkin methods is highly cited. Dr. Riviere has worked extensively of the derivation of numerical methods applied to problems in porous media and in fluid mechanics. Her current research deals with the development of high-order methods in time and in space for multiphase multicomponent flows in heterogeneous media, as well as the modeling of intestinal edema. Dr. Riviere is a member of the editorial board of SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, Advances in Water Resources.

Matthias Heinkenschloss

Noah G. Harding chair and professor
Dr. Heinkenschloss received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Trier. His primary research interests are the development and analysis of optimization methods for the solution of optimal control, optimal design, and parameter identification problems governed by partial differential equations (PDEs). In these problems, one tries to compute inputs of a given system modeled by PDEs so that the corresponding outputs, the solution of the PDE, have certain desirable features.



Nabil Chaabane

Postdoctoral research associate
Dr. Chaabane received an engineering degree from the higher school of communication, Tunisia in 2009, where he worked on image processing and remote sensing applications . In a joint project, he was employed by INRS, Quebec to study the desertification of southern Tunisia. In 2015, Dr. Chaabane received his Ph.D from Virginia Tech. His doctoral research dealt with the study of droplets deformation under different matrix flows. His primary research interests are the development and analysis of numerical methods applied to fluid dynamics problems modeled by the means of partial differential equations. In 2015, Dr. Chaabane joined the team led by Dr. Riviere. His current research deals with the study of the coupling of flow and geo-mechanics and high performance computing implementation.



Florian Frank

Postdoctoral research associate
Dr. Frank received a Mathematics diploma (M.A., 2008) from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, where he subsequently worked as teaching assistant mainly in the fields of Numerical Analysis and Computer Science at the Chair of Applied Mathematics.  During that time, as part of a joint project, he was also employed as research assistant at the Chair of Hydrogeology, University of Jena, Germany.  His work deals with the modelling and derivation of effective models for reactive flow and transport through porous media and with the efficient implementation of such in the framework of mixed finite elements.  In 2013, he received the degree of a Dr. rer. nat. and works since 2014 as a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Rice University.

Loic Cappanera

Postdoctoral research associate



Emily Hendryx

Ph.D. graduate student
Emily’s research interests include data analytics.



Maurice Fabien

Ph.D. graduate student
Maurice’s research interests include high performance computing, geometric multi grids, accelerators.



Chen Liu

Ph.D. graduate student
Chen’s research interests
include numerical methods for PDEs, pore scale flow modeling and scientific computing.



Bryan Doyle

Ph.D. graduate student
Reservoir simulation.

Christopher Thiele

Ph.D. graduate student
Reservoir simulation.

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