Mary F. Wheeler received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin, and, in 1971, she received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Rice University.
She has served on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin since 1995 and is presently director of the Center for Subsurface Modeling in the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences. Her research interests include the numerical solution of partial differential systems with applications to the modeling of subsurface and surface flows and parallel computation. Her numerical work includes the formulation, analysis and implementation of finite-difference/finite-element discretization schemes for nonlinear, coupled PDE’s as well as domain decomposition iterative solution methods. Her applications include multiphase flow and geomechanics in reservoir engineering, contaminant transport in groundwater and bays and estuaries, and angiogenesis in biomedical engineering. Her current work has emphasized multiscale mixed finite element and discontinuous Galerkin methods for modeling reactive multi-phase flow and transport in a heterogeneous porous media, with the goal of simulating these systems on parallel computing platforms.
Dr. Wheeler has published more than 200 technical reports and refereed journal publications, made over 400 oral presentations and edited eight books. She has served on ten editorial boards, is a founding member of the SIAM Activity Group in Geosciences and is currently managing editor of Computational Geosciences. In 1998 she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. In 2006 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Technische Universiteit, Eindhoven, was named to the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory by the University of Chicago, and received an IBM Faculty Award. In 2007 she received a Joe J. King Professional Engineering Achievement Award, became a member of the DOE Review and SIAM Prize committees, and joined the Ohio State Bioinformatics Advisory Council. In 2008 Dr. Wheeler received an honorary doctorate in engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.
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