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Thi Thao Phuong Hoang Receives NSF Award for $149,660

Published: 07/30/2019

By: Maria Gebhardt

Thi Thao Phuong Hoang, an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, is the recipient of an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for $149,660.

Her project, Global-in-Time Domain Decomposition Methods for Evolution Partial Differential Equations with Applications to Flow and Transport in Fractured Porous Media, begins on August 1, 2019, and runs through July 2022. It includes domestic and international collaborations with a focus on novel numerical methods for fractured porous medium applications.

“In this project, I will develop efficient numerical methods for multiphysics problems which are strongly heterogeneous in both space and time,” Dr. Phuong Hoang explained. “In particular, several new directions of research on global-in-time domain decomposition methods are proposed to facilitate the coupling of different models/equations and enable the use of both local spatial and local temporal discretizations.”

Dr. Phuong Hoang specializes in mathematical modeling and numerical methods for large-scale, complex problems in environmental sciences and geosciences. She has experience with numerical simulations of groundwater flow and contaminant transport around a nuclear waste repository and high resolution modeling of the ocean, and has conducted research both in the United States and Europe.

“The proposed methods will be rigorously analyzed and applied to numerical simulations of the compressible two-phase flow and contaminant transport in fractured porous media arising from the framework of geological nuclear waste disposal,” she added.

Dr. Phuong Hoang will also have the opportunity to bring in both undergraduate and graduate students for this research project. She will also use the grant to support a Graduate Research Assistant and invite researchers who focus their work on numerical analysis, computational mathematics and scientific computing to speak at departmental seminars at Auburn University.

“I am excited to receive this grant from the NSF, and to create a support network for everyone working on this project to participate in conferences and workshops, and disseminate our research results,” she added.  

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