Russel E. Caflisch

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Russel E. Caflisch
Russ Caflisch IPAM.jpg
Caflisch in 2012
Nationality American
Fields Applied Mathematics
Institutions UCLA, IPAM
Doctoral advisor George Papanicolaou
Doctoral students

Farzin Barekat
Xiaofan Li
John Lowengrub
William Morokoff
Lee Ricketson

Michael Siegel

Russel Caflisch is an American mathematician.


Russel Caflisch is a Professor in the Mathematics Department at UCLA, where he also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He received his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1975. He earned a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. His dissertation was titled "The Fluid Dynamic Limit and Shocks for a Model Boltzmann Equation." He has also held faculty positions at Stanford and NYU. He has served as PhD advisor for 22 students, with 52descendants. He is currently the director of the Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics (IPAM). [1] He was a founding member of California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Caflisch’s expertise includes a wide range of topics in the field of applied mathematics, including partial differential equations, fluid dynamics, plasma physics, materials science, Monte Carlo methods, and computational finance. He was appointed Director of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU in January 2017. He will begin duties in September 2017.


Caflisch was awarded the Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship in 1975 [2] and a Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship in 1984. He was named a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2009, [3] the American Mathematical Society in 2012, [4] and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013. [5] He gave an Invited Lecture at the 2006 International Congress of Mathematicians .


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