Faculty Members and Staff

Alberto Bressan
Eberly Family Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1982
Research Interests: Theory of hyperbolic conservation laws, nonlinear hyperbolic systems, partial differential equations
Alexei Novikov
Education: M. A., Moscow State University, 1993 Ph.D., Stanford University, 1999
Research Interests: Analysis
Andrew Belmonte
Education: Ph.D., Princeton University, 1994
Research Interests: Fluid dynamics, complex fluids, evolutionary game theory, fragmentation and solid deformation, electrofluidics.
Anna Mazzucato
Education: BS/MS, State University, Milan, Italy, 1994 Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2000
Research Interests: Partial differential equations, fluid mechanics, elasticity, harmonic and microlocal analysis, inverse problems
Chun Liu
Education: Ph.D., New York University, 1995
Research Interests: Partial differential equations, calculus of variations, applied mathematics
Deanna Confer
Staff Assistant
Email: dml21@psu.edu
Address: 107A McAllister Building
Tel: +1 814 863 9017
Diane Henderson
Education: M. S., Engineering Sciences, University of Florida Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, Scripps Institution of Oceanography / UCSD
Research Interests: Applied Math, Fluid Mechanics, Nonlinear Waves, William G. Pritchard Fluid Mechanics Laboratory
James Brannick
Associate Director, Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D., CU Boulder, 2005
Research Interests: Lattice field theory, numerical solutions to PDEs, multigrid methods
Jinchao Xu
Director, Francis R. and Helen M. Pentz Professor of Science
Education: Ph.D., Cornell University, 1989
Research Interests: Numerical methods for partial differential equations and applications
Kris Jenssen
Education: Ph.D., Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 1998
Research Interests: Partial differential equations, conservation laws, compressible flow, combustion
Leonid V. Berlyand
Education: Ph.D., Kharkov State University, 1984
Research Interests: PDEs, variational problems and applications to materials and biology
Ludmil Zikatanov
Professor, Associate Head for Computing
Education: B. Sc., Sofia University, St. Kliment Ohridski, 1988 Ph.D., Sofia University, St. Kliment Ohridski, 1995
Research Interests: Numerical Analysis, Finite Element methods, Multigrid and Domain Decomposition methods
Lyle Long
Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics
Education: B. M. E., Mechanical Engineering, Univ. of Minnesota, 1976 M. S., Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford Univ., 1977 D. Sc., Aerospace Engineering, George Washington Univ., 1983
Research Interests: Intelligent systems software, neural networks, computational fluid dynamics, software engineering, and high performance computing
Mark Levi
Education: Ph.D., New York University, 1978
Research Interests: Dynamical systems and their applications in physics and engineering
Victor Nistor
Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1991
Research Interests: Analysis on singular spaces, Operator Algebras, Numerical Methods, Partial differential equations, Applications to Physics and Finance, Geometric Analysis
Wen Shen
Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Oslo, 1998
Research Interests: Hyperbolic conservation laws, relaxation, partial differential equations, numerical simulation, numerical analysis, control theory
Wenwu Cao
Education: Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University, 1987
Research Interests: Applied mathematics, computer simulations, materials sciences
Xiantao Li
Associate Professor
Education: B. S., Peking University, 1998 Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2002
Research Interests: Numerical analysis, computational mechanics, multiscale modeling in crystalline solids.
Xiaoe (Jenny) Li
Associate Professor
Education: Ph.D., Cornell University, 1993
Research Interests: Mathematical economics, mathematical finance, computational economics

Postdoctoral Fellows

Arthur Bousquet
Chowla Postdoc
Education: PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Research Interests:
Lina Ma
Education: Ph. D in Mathematics, Purdue University
Research Interests: Numerical analysis and application of Spectral methods, Electromagnetic and Acoustic Scattering, Vector Spherical Harmonics.
Qingguo Hong
Education: Ph. D in Computational Mathematics, Peking University, 2012
Research Interests: Finite Element Method and Discontinuous Galerkin Method, Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, Multigrid Method, Numerical Simulation for Non-Newton Fluid
Shuhao Cao
Education: Ph.D., Purdue University, 2014
Research Interests: Adaptive Finite Element Method for Partial Differential Equations
Shuonan Wu
Research Associate  
Education:  Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics, Peking University, 2014 and B.S in Mathematics, Peking University, 2009
Research Interests:  Mixed methods for elasticity; Phase field methods; Nonconforming methods for high-order equations; Adaptive methods, Shallow water equations with sediment transport
Homepage: http://www.personal.psu.edu/sxw58/
Yong Yang
Education:  Ph. D in Mathematics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Research interests:  Conservation laws, Finite element methods, Numerical analysis

PhD Students

Fei Cao
Graduate Assistant
Thesis Adviser: James Brannick
Education: B.S. Nankai University, 2010
Hongxuan Zhang
Graduate Student  
Thesis Adviser: Jinchao Xu
Education:  B.S. in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
Research Interests:  Algebraic Multi-Grid method and its applications
Jianhong Chen
Graduate Student  
Thesis Adviser: Jinchao Xu
Education:  B.S, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Research Interests:  Big data, machine learning
Simo Wu
Graduate Assistant
Institution: B.S, Fudan University
Research Interests:
Yangqingxiang Wu
Graduate Assistant
Thesis Adviser: Ludmil Zikatanov
Education: B.S., University of Science and Technology of China
Research Interests: Computational mathematics, multigrid method.


Shihua Gong
Affiliation: Peking University
Research Interests: Finite element methods and its applications
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