Donna Calhoun

Contact Information

Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
Boise State University
1910 University Dr.
Boise, ID 83725-1555

Office : MG241A
e-mail : calhoun[at]

Research Interests

My current research interests are in finite-volume methods for solving hyperbolic, parabolic and elliptic PDEs in complex geometry. In particular, I am interested in methods for structured quadrilateral and hexahedral meshes, uniform Cartesian cut-cell (embedded geometry) methods, adapative mesh refinement methods and numerical methods for solving PDEs on non-Euclidean surfaces.

Application areas in which I have been involved include shallow water wave equations for modeling flooding, volcanic ash dispersion, combustion processes, pattern formation in biology, crystal growth, and modeling of atmospheric flows on the sphere.

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Biographical Sketch

2016 - present Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Boise State University, Boise, ID.
2011 - 2015 Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Boise State University, Boise, ID.
Fall 2012 Visiting Fellow, The Isaac Newton Institute (Cambridge, UK) in the program "Multiscale Numerics for the Ocean and Atmosphere".
2005 - 2010 Research Scientist at the Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique, Centre de Saclay, France.
2004 - 2005 Acting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mathematics, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA.
2002 - 2005 Post-doc, Dept. of Applied Mathematics, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA.
1999 - 2002 Post-doc, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU, New York, NY.
1999 PhD, Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA. Supervisor : Randall J. LeVeque. Title : "A Cartesian grid method for solving the streamfunction-vorticity equations in irregular geometries"

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