Beatrice Rivière

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Beatrice Marie Rivière (born 1974)[1] is a French applied mathematician. She is the chair of computational and applied mathematics at Rice University, where she is a professor and holds the Noah Harding Chair. Her research involves developing efficient numerical methods for modeling fluids flowing through porous media.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Rivière earned a diploma in engineering from École Centrale Paris in 1995, and a master's degree in 1996 from the Pennsylvania State University.[2] She moved to the University of Texas at Austin for her doctoral studies, completing her Ph.D. there in 2000. Her dissertation, Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Solving the Miscible Displacement Problem in Porous Media, was supervised by Mary Wheeler.[2][3]

Before joining the Rice University faculty in 2008, she worked as an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh. She became department chair in 2015.[4]

In 2018 she was elected chair of the Activity Group on Geosciences (SIAG/GS) of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.[5]


Rivière is the author of the book Discontinuous Galerkin methods for solving elliptic and parabolic equations: theory and implementation (SIAM, 2008).[6]


  1. ^ Birth year from idRef authority control file, retrieved 2018-12-01.
  2. ^ a b c "Beatrice M. Rivière", Computational and Applied Mathematics Faculty, Rice University, retrieved 2018-10-22
  3. ^ Beatrice Rivière at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Civil and Environmental Engineering gets new department chair, Rice Engineering, retrieved 2018-10-22
  5. ^ SIAM Activity Groups Election Results, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, December 6, 2018, retrieved 2018-12-13
  6. ^ Cotter, Colin J. (2009), "Review of Discontinuous Galerkin methods for solving elliptic and parabolic equations", Mathematical Reviews, MR 2431403

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