This year ICES selected six outstanding computational scientists for the endowed position of Peter O’Donnell, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Engineering and Sciences. These fellows will serve as strong leaders in the research performed within the centers and groups contributing to the Institute's success.
Dr. Patrick Bardsley completed his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the University of Utah in August 2016. His research interests include imaging and inverse problems, multiscale analysis of materials, and statistics. His work in imaging focuses on developing methods to image with waves and intensity-only (phaseless) data, while in materials analysis he works to understand the dynamics of polycrystalline materials during coarsening. He is currently working on imaging methods for situations with unknown source locations and intensity-correlation data, and validating a Fokker-Planck PDE model of material coarsening via energy dissipation identities. His research at ICES is performed under the supervision of Prof. Kui Ren.
Dr. Carlos Borges received his Ph.D. at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in January 2013. He was a Courant Instructor from August 2013 to September 2016 in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. His research interests are inverse and direct scattering problems. Specifically, his work focuses on developing fast and efficient algorithms for the solution of direct and inverse scattering problems with multiple frequencies. He is currently working on the development of methods for the solution of inverse scattering problems in three dimensions. His research at ICES is performed under the supervision of Prof. George Biros.
Dr. Angela Jarrett completed her Ph.D. at Florida State University in the Department of Mathematics in April 2016. Her research interests focus on the application of mathematics to biological processes, specifically with medical impact. Here at ICES, she will be focused on developing mathematical formulations of the effects of various therapies on cell proliferation in tumors. Using different mathematical analyses, specifically uncertainty quantification, sensitivity analysis, and data assimilation, she aims to not only assess model structures, perform model reduction and parameter exploration but also search for biological meaning in the results to rigorously study cell proliferation in cancer models to help further develop our ability to predict the response of tumors to treatment. She is currently working under the supervision of Prof. Tom Yankeelov.
Dr. Jeremy Melvin completed his Ph.D. at Stony Brook University in Computational Applied Mathematics in August 2016. His research interests are on turbulence modeling and computational fluid dynamics. His past research has focused on the development of simulation models designed to improve agreement in simulations relative to experiments of Inertial Confinement Fusion. His work has also focused on the use of front tracking for numerical simulations of hydrodynamic instabilities such as Rayleigh-Taylor and Richtmyer-Meshkov. His focus at ICES is on the use of Uncertainty Quantification in numerical simulations in a turbulent regime. His work is performed under the supervision of Prof. Robert Moser.
Dr. Ali Vaziri has completed his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University in computational mechanics (with a minor in applied mathematics) in July 2016. He has gained expertise in various dimensions of computational wave propagation problems including finite element methodology, domain decomposition methods, inverse problems, fluid-structure interaction and absorbing boundary conditions for solving near-surface characterization, non-destructive testing and biomedical imaging problems. He was a finalist for Melosh medal competition in 2016. His focus at ICES is on developing the Discontinuous Petrov-Galerkin methodology under supervision of Prof. Leszek F. Demkowicz.
Dr. Rana Zakerzadeh is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Cardiovascular Simulation at the University of Texas at Austin, working under the supervision of Prof. Michael Sacks. Rana obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Tehran Polytechnic, in 2009 and 2011 respectively. She then received her Ph.D. in Computational Modeling & Simulation from University of Pittsburgh in August 2016. She subsequently joined the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) for her postdoctoral research. Her main areas of research are Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI), numerical analysis and cardiovascular biomechanics.
Our second year Peter O’Donnell, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellows:
Dr. Yaniv Brick completed his Ph.D. at the Tel Aviv University School of Electrical Engineering in September 2014. His research fields are computational electromagnetics and acoustics. Specifically, his work focuses on fast and efficient algorithms for the solution of intermediate and high frequency problems, with an emphasis on exact iterative and direct integral equation solvers. He is currently working on the development of fast direct solvers for full-wave modelling of Intel electronic packages, and fast techniques for detection and imaging of hydraulic fractures. Yaniv is also a Fulbright scholar for the academic year 2014-2015. His research at ICES is performed under the supervision of Prof. Ali Yilmaz.
Dr. Ernesto Lima completed his Ph.D. in Computational Modeling at the National Laboratory for Scientific Computing in Petropolis, Brazil in April 2014. His research interests include the development of predictive computational models of tumor initiation, growth, and decline. Specifically, his work focuses on the development of algorithms and computational tools for verification, calibration, validation, and uncertainty quantification of tumor growth models. Part of his doctoral research was conducted at ICES, under the direction of Dr. J.T. Oden. His research at ICES is also performed under the supervision of Dr. J.T. Oden.
Dr. Vishwas Rao received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech in August 2015. His research focuses on developing efficient solution and uncertainty quantification techniques for Bayesian inverse problems. His current research aims at developing novel methods to reduce parameter, state and data dimensions without compromising the accuracy of the solution. These methods can be used in weather forecasting, seismic inversion, subsurface flow among other applications. He is currently working under the supervision of Prof. Tan Bui-Thanh.
Dr. Amir Shahmoradi completed his Ph.D. at the University of Texas in the field of Computational Physics and Bioinformics. His research interests and expertise include computational physics, high energy physics, astronomy and astrophysics, bioinformics, evolutionary biology, viral evolution, protein dynamics and interactions, scientific programming, high performance computing, statistics, molecular dynamics simulations, stochastic processes and Monte Carlo methods for numerical optimization and integration problems. He is currently a member of the Center for Computational Oncology at ICES, with research focus on mathematical and computational modeling of tumor growth.
Dr. Baole Wen completed his Ph.D. in Integrated Applied Mathematics at University of New Hampshire in July 2015. His research interests are turbulence, mathematical modelling and dynamical systems theory. His Ph.D. research was focused on understanding the underlying flow and transport mechanisms governing the spatiotemporally-chaotic system of porous media convection at large values of the Rayleigh number. This investigation employed a complement of direct numerical simulations, secondary stability and dynamical systems theory, and variational analysis. He is currently investigating the reservoir dynamics of Bravo Dome natural CO2 reservoir using numerical simulations and developing mathematical models to identify the dissolution of CO2 in the closed porous media system. His research at ICES is performed under the supervision of Prof. Omar Ghattas and Prof. Marc Hesse.