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David L. Brown

David L. Brown
Division Director
Applied Mathematics and Computational Research Division
Phone: +1 510 495 8130
Fax: +1 510 486 4300

Biographical Sketch

David Brown recently retired as the Director of the Applied Mathematics and Computational Research Division at Berkeley Lab. His thirty-eight year career with the U. S. Department of Energy National Laboratories included fourteen years at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and thirteen years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he was technical lead of several major research projects and held a number of line and program management positions. He was a Division Director at Berkeley Lab from 2011 until 2022. Dr. Brown's research expertise and interests lie in the development and analysis of algorithms for the solution of partial differential equations. He is particularly enthusiastic about promoting opportunities in computational science for young scientists from diverse backgrounds and is a founding member of the steering committee for the DOE Computational Graduate Fellowship Program and is currently one of the technical co-PI's for this program.  More recently, in collaboration with colleagues at Berkeley Lab and the Sustainable Horizons Institute, he helped create and promote the Sustainable Research Pathways program that brings faculty and students from diverse backgrounds for summer research experiences at Berkeley Lab.

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

D.L. Brown, S. Crivelli, M. A. Leung, "Sustainable Research Pathways: Building Connections across Communities to Diversify the National Laboratory Workforce", CoNECD 2019 - Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity., April 14, 2019,

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,