We are constantly looking for diligient
and bright students to join us
and to form an active and diverse team on various research projects.
If you are interested in working with us,
Congratulations to our team's alumni Lei Zhang
for winning the youth 1000 talent award of the Chinese government.
After working at UC Irvine and City Univ Hong Kong,
he will soon be a faculty at the Peking University and BICMR.
Congratulations to our team's alumni Lili Ju
for his promotion to full professorship at Univ of S. Carolina.
Lili not only worked with us for many years
himself but was also responsible for
introducing X.Q. Wang and J. Zhang to our team.
He visited us during his sabbatical in 2010. (2012-12)
Congratulations to our team's alumni Maria Emenlianenko
for her promotion and tenure.
Congratulations to our team's alumni Xiaoqiang Wang
for his promotion and tenure at Florida State University.
Congratulations to our team's alumni Maria Emenlianenko
for receiving the highly competitive NSF career award in 2011.
Maria was one of the first Ph.D students graduated from our
group at Penn State and she has received a number of awards
in her career (2011-09).
Here are our current Math members :
• Tadele Mengesha
joined us in 2011 as a post-doc for the DOE project
on peridynamics and the analysis of nonlocal models.
He got his Ph.D from Temple and has worked at LSU before joining our group.
He has been invited to SAMSI, Berlin and other places to present our works.
joined us in 2013 as a post-doc, working on a joint project with
Hersey medical school on the imaging analysis of micro-CT and computer
geometry related problems. He got his degree in computer
science from the Hong Kong University.
is working with Lyle Long
and our group on spiking neural networks and speech recognition.
He has served as SIAM student chapter officiers for two terms
and worked as summer interns at CISCO.
is working with Andrew Belmonte
and our group and dynamic bucklings. She presented a poster
at the recent regional SIAM student chapter conference and
worked as a summer intern for a hedge fund.
is working with
nonlocal advection and diffusion models and related
numerical analysis/simulation issues.
She served as the 3rd SIAM student chapter president.
has passed his comprehensive, he is working on
the long time behavior of stochastic models.
He is currently the SIAM student chapter president.
Yuqi Sun is a student in Industrial and
working with me and
Prof.Tao Yao of IME on uncertainty quantification issues.
Shuwei Xu is at USTC, working with
Prof.Yi Cheng of USTC and me on his Ph.D degree.
Some other students, Xiaochuan Tian, Liming Yuan and Jun Ni
are also participating
our research activities.
Our post-docs and graduate assistants
are paritially supported by grants from
NSF, NIH, DOE as well as CCMD and the Willaman fund (see
list of some recently funded research projects).
We coined the term TEAMS
as the theme for the CAM@PS group's effort in graduate student training.
stands for the
our mathematics students. We hope that this can better prepare them to
excel in their interdisciplinary research careers in computational and
applied mathematics as well as other disciplines.
Our group has a weekly unannounced research
seminar where the members present their latest reading/research/questions,
(the discussions are often very lively and stimulating, and we get a lot
of laughs if nothing else).
are welcome to join us by emailing
We are working with some other math faculty members and students,
colleagues from other departments at Penn
State and many collaborators at other research institutions
A few team members have just departed. We wish them the best in their
has worked on several projects involving analysis, algorithms and
computation. She had a paper on a nonlocal optimal domain
partition published in DCDS-A, a paper on PCVT in IJNAM and some papers
on saddle point search in SINUM and JCP, and another on
uncertainty quantification of materials data set.
She presented her research in meetings at Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Vancouver and
Beijing. She defended in 2012 and now works as a quant in a hedge fund.
• Li Tian
was a Chowla postdoc in the dept, with partial support from
our research project. He worked mainly on adaptive finite element
methods, with applications to a wide range of problems including
nonlocal models. He got his Ph.D from USC under the
guidance of Lili Ju.
• Thinh Le was
pure mathematics then changed
direction to join our group. He used ideas of
geometry in several applications like an
extension of the 3d MacPherson-Srolovitz formula for microstucture
evolution/coarsening in CMS. He then worked on
nonlocal calculus and nonlocal geometry in his thesis.
He presented his work at
the SIAM materials conference
and participated in a summer program at Singapore.
He defended in 2012 and is now a faculty at Vietnam National Univ.
worked on the nonlocal peridynamic models and nonlocal calculus and
had several papers published in journals like
SINUM, M2AN, SIREV, M3AS, MathComp, supported in part by
Sandia National Lab and DOE. He has been invited to
given talks at conferences including SIAM meeting,
Oberwolfach and ICIAM. He was the 2nd president of Penn State
SIAM student chapter. He defended in Dec 2012 and now works
on Wall Street.
• Matthew Baran defended his thesis on March 21, 2012,
he is working full time at the ARL.
joined us in 2009 as a post-doc for the DOE project
on regional ocean modeling jointly funded between PSU/CSU/FSU.
He got his Ph.D from UMN under Carme Calderer. He moved to
work at Los Alamos as a research scientist.
• Yanxiang Zhao
worked on geometric
variations and flows such as those involving
anisotropic mean curvature energies and multicomponent membranes.
His latest work can be found in PRE. He presented his
works at a couple of SIAM meetings.
He was the winner of
the 2010 department graduate teaching award and the
ZZRQ service award and the founding president of SIAM student chapter.
He defended thesis in Aug 2012 and
moved to UCLA/UCSD as a post-doc researcher.
• Yanping Ma
worked with bioengineering colleagues on our joint NIH research
project, co-supervised by Dr.Cheng Dong. Her
recent paper can be found in a special
issue of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering.
work in a couple of meetings.
She was the winner of the 2010 graduate teaching award and the ZZRQ award.
She defended in Aug 2012 and is now a tenure track position
at Loyola Marymount.
You may check out the list of our
alumni and former team members
and links to some of our
collaborators on campus.