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David L. Brown

David L. Brown
Division Director
Computational Research Division
Phone: +1 510 495 8130
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Biographical Sketch

David Brown became Director of the LBNL Computational Research Division in August 2011. His career with the U. S. Department of Energy National Laboratories includes fourteen years at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and thirteen years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where most recently he served as the Deputy Associate Director for Science and Technology in the Computation Directorate.  Dr. Brown's research expertise and interests lie in the development and analysis of algorithms for the solution of partial differential equations (PDEs). In particular, his research has focused on adaptive composite overlapping grid techniques for solving PDEs in complex moving geometries and in the analysis of difference approximations for PDEs. At LANL and LLNL, he led the highly successful Overture project, which in 2001 was named one of the 100 "most important discoveries in the past 25 years" by the DOE Office of Science.

Brown earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 1982. He also holds a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. in Geophysics from Stanford University.

Journal Articles

DL Brown, R Cortez, ML Minion, "Accurate Projection Methods for the Incompressible Navier-Stokes Equations", Journal of Computational Physics, 2001, 168:464--499, doi: 10.1006/jcph.2001.6715

ML Minion, DL Brown, "Performance of under-resolved two-dimensional incompressible flow simulations, II", Journal of Computational Physics, 1997, 138:734--765, doi: 10.1006/jcph.1997.5843

K. D. Brislawn, D. L. Brown, G. S. Chesshire, J. S. Saltzman, "Adaptively-refined Overlapping Grids for the Numerical of Hyperbolic Systems of Conservation Laws", Mathl. Comput. Modelling, 1995, 20:29--48,

DL Brown, ML Minion, "Performance of under-resolved two-dimensional incompressible flow simulations", Journal of Computational Physics, 1995, 122:165--183, doi: 10.1006/jcph.1995.1205

D. L. Brown, G. Forest, B. J. Miller, N. A. Petersson, "Numerical existence and stability of fluxons in a singularly perturbed sine-Gordon model of the J}osephson junction", SIAM J. Appl. Math., 1994, 54:1048-1066,

D. L. Brown, Jens Lorenz, "A high-order method for stiff boundary value problems", SIAM J. on Sci. Stat. Comput., 1987, 8:790-805,

H.-O. Kreiss, N. K. Nichols, D. L. Brown, "Numerical methods for stiff boundary value problems", SIAM J. Numer. Anal., 1986, 23:325-368,

J. D. Murray, E. A. Stanley, D. L .Brown, "On the spatial spread of rabies among foxes", Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B, 1986, 229:111-150,

D. L. Brown, "A note on the numerical solution of the wave equation with piecewise constant coefficients", Math. of Comput., 1984, 42:369-391,

D. L. Brown, "Applications of operator separation in reflection seismology", Geophysics, 1983, 48:288-294,

Conference Papers

David L. Brown, Lori A. Freitag, James Glimm, "Creating interoperable meshing and discretization software: the Terascale Simulation Tools and Technology Center", Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Numerical Grid Generation in Computational Field Simulations, 2002,

D. L. Brown, W. Henshaw, D. Quinlan, "Overture: Object-oriented tools for overset grid applications", Proceedings of the 17th AIAA Applied Aerodynamics Conference, AIAA-99-3130, 1999,

D. L. Brown, "A finite volume method for solving the equations on composite overlapping grids", Proceedings of the Third international conference on hyperbolic problems, Uppsala Sweden, StudentLitteratur/Chartwell-Bratt, 1991, 1:141-158,

D. L. Brown, R. C. Y. Chin, G. W. Hedstrom, T. A. Manteuffel, "Layer Tracking, Asymptotics and Domain Decomposition", Proceedings for the ICASE Workshop on Heterogeneous Boundary Conditions, Set 28-30, 1990, Hampton, VA, 1991,

D. L. Brown, T. Holst, "Transonic airfoil calculations using solution adaptive grids", Proceedings os AIAA 5th Computational Fluid Dynamics Conference, AIAA, 1981,

Book Chapters

D. L. Brown, "Accuracy of Projection Methods for the Incompressible Navier-Stokes Equations", Numerical Simulation of Incompressible Flows, (World Scientific Publishing Co.: 2003) Pages: 101-107

D. L. Brown, G. S. Chesshire, William D. Henshaw, H.-O. Kreiss, "On Composite Overlapping Grids", Finite Element Analysis in Fluids, edited by T.J. Chung and G. R. Karr, (UAH Press: 1989) Pages: 544-559

D. L. Brown, "A numerical method for singular perturbation problems with turning points", Numerical Boundary Value ODEs, (Birkhaeuser: 1985)


D. L. Brown, P. Messina, D. Keyes, J. Morrison, R. Lucas, J. Shalf, P. Beckman, R. Brightwell, A. Geist, J. Vetter, "Scientific Grand Challenges: Crosscutting Technologies for Computing at the Exascale", 2010,

J. M. Brase, D. L. Brown, "Modeling, Simulation and Analysis of Complex Networked Systems", Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, LLNL-TR-4112733, 2009,

David L. Brown, John B. Bell, Donald Estep, William Gropp, Bruce Hendrickson, Sallie Keller--McNulty, David Keyes, J. Tinsley Oden, Linda Petzold, Margaret Wright, "Applied Mathematics at the U.S. Department of Energy: Past, Present and a View to the Future", 2008,


Solution adaptive mesh procedures for the numerical solution of singular perturbation problems, D. L. Brown, California Institute of Technology, Department of Applied Mathematics, 1982,