Randall J. LeVeque

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Randall J. LeVeque is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at University of Washington who works in many fields including numerical analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and mathematical theory of conservation laws.[1] Among other contributions, he is lead developer of the open source software project Clawpack for solving hyperbolic partial differential equations using the finite volume method. With Zhilin Li, he has also devised a numerical technique called the immersed interface method for solving problems with elastic boundaries or surface tension.[2][3] Randall is the son of well-known mathematician William J. LeVeque.

In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[4]


LeVeque received his B.A. in mathematics from University of California, San Diego in 1977. He then continued to Stanford University to get his Ph.D. in computer science in 1982.


LeVeque has authored several textbooks and monographs:

  • Finite Volume Methods for Hyperbolic Problems, Cambridge University Press (2002). ISBN 0-521-00924-3[5]
  • Numerical Methods for Conservation Laws, 1st ed. (1992),[6] 2nd ed., Birkhäuser Basel (2005). ISBN 3-7643-2723-5
  • Computational Methods for Astrophysical Fluid Flow, Springer (1998). ISBN 3-540-64448-2
  • Finite Difference Methods for Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations, Steady State and Time Dependent Problems, SIAM (2007). ISBN 978-0-89871-629-0


  1. ^ "Randy LeVeque at University of Washington". Retrieved 2009-04-14.
  2. ^ LeVeque, Randall J.; Li, Zhilin (1994), "The immersed interface method for elliptic equations with discontinuous coefficients and singular sources", SIAM J. Numer. Anal., 31 (4): 1019–1044, CiteSeerX, doi:10.1137/0731054, JSTOR 2158113
  3. ^ LeVeque, Randall J.; Li, Zhilin (1997), "Immersed interface method for Stokes flow with elastic boundaries or surface tension", SIAM J. Sci. Comput., 18 (3): 709–735, CiteSeerX, doi:10.1137/s1064827595282532
  4. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-27.
  5. ^ Finite Volume Methods for Hyperbolic Problems - Review by John Weatherwax
  6. ^ Strikwerda, John C. (1993). "Numerical methods for conservation laws". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 28 (2): 370–373. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1993-00366-5.

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