Wolfgang Bangerth's Homepage

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 Institute for 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.



This link has a list of my publications. You can download most of them as PDF files, and you can also get a BiBTeX entry for each.


Curriculum Vitae

This page has a curriculum vitae of mine in both HTML and (for printing) as PDF.



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:

Wolfgang Bangerth
Department of Mathematics
Mailstop 3368
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3368

This site:

Main page


Video lectures


Research philosophy

Picture gallery


The deal.II library

Curriculum Vitae


Research group:
Dr. Markus Bürg Dr. Bruno Turcksin
Hung-Chieh Chu Fang Wang
Kainan Wang Arezou Ghesmati

Former members:
Dr. Timo Heister Dr. Jörg Frohne
Moritz Allmaras Jennifer Webster
Hannah Ludwig

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