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AM Seminar: Adventures of A Computational Mathematician

Speaker Name: 
Margot Gerritsen
Speaker Title: 
Professor, Senior Associate Dean
Speaker Organization: 
Stanford University
Start Time: 
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 4:00pm
End Time: 
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 5:00pm
BE 372
Abhishek Halder


One reason I love computational mathematics so very much is that it can be applied to a very wide range of natural and engineering processes. I've much enjoyed working in a variety of application areas, from sail design to pterosaur flight dynamics, from ocean dynamics to subsurface flow  modeling, and on to search engine design and metadata remediation. In this talk, I will take you through a few of these areas, and point out  similarities in approaches, and opportunities for synthesis and  cross-fertilization. This can naturally lead into a discussion on  graduate studies and training for the future, both in academia and in industry. I look forward to your questions and participation.


Margot Gerritsen is Professor in Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University, and the Senior Associate Dean for the School of Earth, Energy & Enviromental Sciences. She was the Director of the Institute for Computational & Mathematical Engineering at Stanford during 2010-2018.  
Margot left her home country of the Netherlands after obtaining her MSc from Delft University in 1990. Searching for sunnier and hillier places, she ended up first in Colorado and then at Stanford for her PhD in computational mathematics, and a PhD minor in mechanical engineering. From 1997 to 2001, she was a lecturer at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in the Department of Engineering Science.  In 2001, she returned to Stanford as Assistant Professor in Petroleum Engineering, which is now known as Energy Resources Engineering. In her spare time, Margot likes to spend time in the outdoors. She recently saw the light and moved closer to Santa Cruz and can be found in the hills around Scotts Valley often.