## Robert Krasny

I received my Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics in 1983
from the University of California in Berkeley
under the supervision of Alexandre J. Chorin.
I spent 1984-1987 as a postdoc at the Courant Institute and
came to Michigan in 1987.
My honors include
a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
(1984-1987),
an invited lecture at the
International Congress of Mathematicians in Kyoto (1990),
and
an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship (2000).
One of my Ph.D. students, Keith Lindsay,
received the 1998 Sumner B. Myers Prize from the Mathematics Department
and
the 2000 Richard C. DiPrima Prize from the
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
I am an applied mathematician working in the field of
scientific computing.
My goal is to develop accurate and efficient algorithms
for computer simulation of physical processes.
I have several ongoing projects in fluid dynamics
and
molecular dynamics.
One application I'm studying in fluid dynamics is the
stability of aircraft trailing vortices.
The most recent work in this project led to an unexpected connection
with chaotic Hamiltonian systems.
I'm also developing fast treecode algorithms for electrostatics in
molecular dynamics simulations.
An important application is the
protein folding problem in structural biochemistry,
i.e. predicting the three-dimensional shape of a protein
from knowledge of its amino acid sequence.
These projects are supported by grants from
the National Science Foundation
and
the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor Fund.

Computer simulation is pervasive in modern scientific inquiry.
It is routinely used in many branches of engineering and science,
and
is increasingly applied in other fields such as
finance and medicine.
There is strong demand for scientific computing professionals in
academia, industry, and national laboratories,
and
the field offers excellent career opportunities for mathematicians.

I welcome inquiries from exceptionally well-qualified
and
highly motivated students who are interested in doing a
Ph.D. under my supervision.
More information is available on my homepage:
http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/~krasny/