About my work
After having studied in Stuttgart and Heidelberg (Germany),
having obtained a Ph.D. in Heidelberg, briefly working at
ETH Zürich (Switzerland), and three years as a
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Texas at
Austin (with joint positions at both the
Computational Sciences and Engineering
and at the Institute for
Geophysics), I am now a Professor in the Department of Mathematics
at Texas A&M University.
I consider myself a mathematician and computational
scientist. My present field of work is the numerical
solution of inverse problems for partial differential
equations, as well as of various other partial differential
equations by adaptive finite
element methods. If you are interested in some more
details about this, take a look at
this page. My work comprises
more than only that, but it may give you an impression.
There is also a page with a
picture gallery, for those who
admire the arts...
The deal.II Library
deal.II is the
program library which the finite
element programs I write are based on. I am the
principal author and maintainer of this publicly available
Open Source library written in C++ for the numerical solution
of partial differential equations.
deal.II is used by several hundred researchers around the
world and is also part of the computing
industry standard SPEC
CPU2006 benchmark. My co-authors and I have received
the J. H.
Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software for its
creation. It has been used for
numerical results in more
than 400 scientific papers covering practically all areas of science.
I wrote the basic blocks of this library in
1998 for my thesis, but it has been greatly
extended since, by me and
dozens of others around the world. Presently,
it has about 600,000
lines of code, and extensive documentation (if printed, more
than 10,000 pages). It serves as the basis for most of my
other work, for example for the ASPECT mantle convection
solver that is also available as open source.
If you would like to contact me directly, this is
my email address:
Of course, even better would be to come see my directly in
room 507D of the Blocker building on campus. If you have
questions you can call
my cell phone at ++1 512 689 7194.
Finally, in case someone would like to send
me something using old-fashioned snail-mail, here
is my university address:
Department of Mathematics
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3368