Recent Advances in Applied and Computational Mathematics: A Workshop in Memory of Professor Peter Smereka
July 18 - July 20
Peter Smereka was a leading applied mathematician who had tremendous impact on an unusually wide variety of topics in applied and computational mathematics. His work in multiphase flow and interfacial motion (e.g. the level set method) has been particularly influential and is considered among the classics of the field. Just as well known are his papers in material science, where he made many original contributions to the modeling and simulation of faceted crystal growth, epitaxial growth, and to the kinetic Monte Carlo method. In fluid dynamics, he worked on models for and analysis of bubbly flow. More recently, he had turned his attention to the semiclassical limit of the Schroedinger equation and on high frequency waves.
Underlying this diversity of Peter’s contributions is the common theme of novel computational algorithms based on ingenious mathematical observations, always with a very clear scientific application in mind, and often answering a poignant question thereof. This workshop will bring together some of the most prominent researchers working in areas where he played a pivotal role, and where his untimely passing away continues to be sorely felt.