Professional experience:
Professor (2010 to present)
Associate Professor (2003 to 2010)
Assistant Professor (1999 to 2003)
Department of Mathematics, University of Tennessee
Research: modeling, computation & analysis of interactions between fluid flow & phase change processes
  
Associate Research Scientist (1997 to 1999)
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU
Advisors: Professor Robert V. Kohn and Professor Weinan E
  
NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Research Fellow (1996 to 1997)
Postdoctoral Research Associate (1995 to 1996)
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge, UK
Advisor: Professor M. Grae Worster
   
  Education:
Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics (1991 to 1995)
Northwestern University
Thesis topic: Shear stabilization of morphological instability during directional solidification
Thesis advisor: Professor Stephen H. Davis
  
B.S.E. in Interdisciplinary Engineering (1987 to 1991)
University of Washington, Seattle
Area of focus: Applied Mathematics
     
  Extended visits:
January - March 2020
      - Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge, UK

Fall semester 2012
      - Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA

Spring semester 2006
      - Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU
      - Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton
      - Industrial Research Limited/Victoria University, Wellington, NZ
      - Department of Mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    
Fall semester 2005
      - Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA
     
May 2005
      - Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, University of Minnesota
  
Spring semester 2002
      - Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton
     
  Current and former collaborators:
Dan Anderson, Mathematics, George Mason University
Weinan E, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, Princeton
Ken Elder, Physics, Oakland University
Shaun Hendy, Industrial Research Limited/Victoria University, Wellington, NZ
Christian Ratsch, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA
Peter Smereka, Mathematics, University of Michigan
Grae Worster, DAMTP, Cambridge, UK
Zhenyu Zhang, USTC, China