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MS/PhD positions U of Tennessee elastodynamic metamaterials & RTE (computational)

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I have a few positions (funded by NSF, AFRL, and/or ARO) for MS or PhD (preferred) students at the University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) and University of Tennessee Knoxville (UTK) in the following two topics:


1. Elastodynamic metamaterials: Characterization of dispersive constitutive equations and simulation of the material with overall properties in the time domain (TD), analysis of the effect of disorder and material nonlinearities (e.g. fracture) in their performance, etc.

2. Radiative Transfer Equation (RTE) of radiative heat and electromagnetic wave propagation: Adaptive and parallel space-angle Discontinuous Galerkin formulations for the RTE.


The interested applicants should have a strong background in some or ideally all the following areas:

 A) Mathematics, specifically partial differential equations (PDEs).

 B) Numerical methods (e.g. finite element and discontinuous Galerkin methods)

 C) Programming (Matlab, etc., and ideally C++)

 D) Elastodynamics or experience with any other transient PDE (mainly for topic 1)

 E) Fracture Mechanics (topic 1)

 F) Parallel computing (topic 2)

 G) h-, p-, or hp-adaptive methods (topic 2)


Please send me an email at with the following information:


- Topic you are interested in (1 or 2 above)

- The earliest you can start your studies with the program you are interested in (MS vs. PhD)

- Your CV or resume

- Ideally a short explanation why you are a good fit for this position, particularly addressing your experience on items A to G above (no more than 2 lines for each one, A-E for topic 1 and A-C, F, G for topic 2).



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