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.



Travis Thompson

Pfeiffer postdoctoral instructor
Dr. Thompson received a Ph.D. in mathematics, under the advisement of Dr. Jean-Luc Guermond, from Texas A&M University in 2013.  His dissertation work focused on both numerical and scientific computing elements in Computational Fluid Dynamics. Before joining the research team of Dr. Beatrice Riviere he worked with scientists at the University of Tennessee’s Joint Institute for Computational Sciences and Oak Ridge National Laboratory on problems in high performance scientific computing.  His research interests include numerical analysis and partial differential equations with an eye towards fluid applications and high performance computing implementations.



Emily Hendryx

Ph.D. graduate student
Hendryx’ research interests include data analytics.



Charles Puelz

Ph.D. graduate student
Puelz’ research interests include blood flow modeling.



Xiaodi Deng

Ph.D. graduate student
Research interests include optimization and two-phase flow.



Maurice Fabien

Ph.D. graduate student
Research interests include high performance computing, reservoir simulator, accelerators.



Chen Liu

Ph.D. graduate student
Research interests include discretization, pore scale modeling and scientific computing.

Bryan Doyle

Ph.D. graduate student
Reservoir simulation.

Christopher Thiele

Ph.D. graduate student
Reservoir simulation.

James Lee

Undergraduate student
Intestinal edema.

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