Nathaniel Whitaker

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B.S. Hampton Instititute

Ph.D. (1987) University of California at Berkeley; thesis: Numerical Solution To the Hele-Shaw Equations; Advisor: Alexandre Chorin

Area of Research Interests: Numerical Analysis

Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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Nathaniel Whitaker is a Co-Principal Investigator of the Center for Geometry Analysis Numerics and Graphics (GANG). Dr. Nathaniel Whitaker's recently (2001) directed the thesis of an African American Ph.D. student, Idris Stoval.


Dr. Nathaniel Whitaker is a Numerical Analyst who primarily works in computational fluid dynamics. His interests also include mathematical models of DNA and computing surfaces of prescribed Gauss curvature. Currently, he is simulating two-dimensional turbulence fluid flow using methods of equilibrium statistical mechanics. Currently Dr. Whitaker's work has involved computing most probable solutions to the Euler equations. His publications page lists his 6 publications and his most recent work.


Numerical solution of the Hele-Shaw equations, J. Comput. Phys. 90 (1990), 176--199. 65P05

(with BruceTurkington) Maximum entropy states for rotating vortex patches, Phys. Fluids 6 (1994), 3963--3973. 76F99 (76C05 76M35)

Some numerical methods for the Hele-Shaw equations, J. Comput. Phys. 111 (1994), 81--88. 76M25 (65N99 76D99)

(with BruceTurkington), Statistical equilibrium computations of coherent structures in turbulent shear layers, SIAM J. Sci. Comput. 17 (1996), 1414--1433. 76Fxx

(with Frank E. Baginski) Numerical solutions of boundary value problems for ${\scr K}$-surfaces in ${\bf R}\sp 3$ , Numer. Methods Partial Differential Equations 12 (1996), 525--546. 65Nxx (65Dxx)

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