The research interests of Prof Hesthaven can broadly be defined as the development, analysis, and application of high-order accurate methods for the solution of partial differential equations. Particular emphasis is on high-order finite difference and spectral methods, and spectral element and discontinuous Galerkin methods, in particular for problems in complex geometries. Applications include gas dynamics, electromagnetic scattering, micro optics and photonics, plasma physics, and cosmology.
Professor Hesthaven recieved an M.Sc. in computational physics from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in August 1991 and a Ph.D. in Numerical Analysis from the Institute of Mathematical Modelling (DTU). Following graduation in August 1995, he was awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Advanced Scientific Computing and was approinted Visiting Assistant Professor in the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. In December of 1996, he was appointed consultant to the Institute of Computer Applications in Science and Engineering(ICASE) at NASA Langley Research Center (NASA LaRC). As of July 1999, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics, in January 2003, he was promoted to Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics with tenure and as of July 2005, he was promoted to full Professor. From July 2006 he serves as the associate chair of the Division of Applied Mathematics and as of October 2006 he was appointed Director of the Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV).
JAN HESTHAVEN, PhD
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