Professor Clint Dawson, UT-Austin, To Give Joint Mathematics and Engineering Lecture on November 14

DateNovember 14, 2013
LocationSR 344

Professor Clint Dawson, the Edward S. Hyman Endowed Chair in Engineering at the University of Texas (Austin) and the Director of their Computational Hydraulics Group in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES), will be speaking to the Department of Mathematics on Thursday, November 14. His lecture, entitled "Long and Short Waves in Shallow Water" will be given at 3:30 pm in SR 344. A reception for Dr. Dawson will take prior to his lecture in SR 318 at 3:00 pm. All faculty and students are welcome to attend.

Clint Dawson

Professor Clint Dawson

Professor Dawson earned his Ph.D. in Mathematical Science from Rice University. He is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics as well as the graduate advisor of the ICES Computational Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics graduate program. He held an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship while a Dickson Instructor at the University of Chicago. This year, he was honored with the Career Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Activity Group on Geosciences.

Dawson’s research interests include numerical methods for partial differential equations, specifically flow and transport problems in computational fluid dynamics; scientific computing and parallel computing; finite element analysis, discontinuous Galerkin methods; shallow water systems, hurricane storm surge modeling, rainfall-induced flooding; ground water systems, flow in porous media, geochemistry; data assimilation, parameter estimation, uncertainty and error estimation.

Dawson has authored or co-authored more than 125 technical articles in the areas of numerical analysis, numerical methods and parallel computing with applications to flow and transport in porous media, and shallow water systems. He has chaired the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Activity Group on Geosciences, and has served on several conference organizing committees and review panels. In addition, he has served on numerous editorial boards, and is currently co-managing editor of “Computational Geosciences.”

The title and abstract for Professor Dawson's lecture are:

Title: Long and Short Waves in Shallow Water

Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss both long and short wave models arising in shallow water applications. We will discuss the coupling between models and focus specifically on two short wave models, one which is appropriate for deeper water and models which are primarily used in the near-shore. Numerical approximation to these models using discontinuous Galerkin methods will be described, and applications to hurricane storm surge will be presented.

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