Professor Jan S Hesthaven

Professor and Director of MCSS

EPFL-SB-MATH-MCSS
MA-C2-652

jan.hesthaven-AT-epfl.ch

+41 (0)21 693 03 51 (ph)
+41 (0)78 703 48 36 (cell)
+41 (0)21 693 58 42 (assistant)

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Biography

Prof. Hesthaven received an M.Sc. in computational physics from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in August 1991. During the studies, the last 6 months of 1989 was spend at JET, the european fusion laboratory in Culham, UK. Following graduation, he was awarded a 3 year fellowship to begin work towards a Ph.D. at Risø National Laboratory in the Department of Optics and Fluid Dynamics.

During the 3 years of study, the academic year of 1993-1994 was spend in the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University and three 3 months during the summer of 1994 in Department of Mathematics and Statistics at University of New Mexico. In August 1995, he recieved a Ph.D. in Numerical Analysis from the Institute of Mathematical Modelling (DTU).

Following graduation in August 1995, he was awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Advanced Scientific Computing and was approinted Visiting Assistant Professor in the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. In December of 1996, he was appointed consultant to the Institute of Computer Applications in Science and Engineering(ICASE) at NASA Langley Research Center (NASA LaRC).

As of July 1999, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics, in September 2000 he was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, as of July 2001 he was awarded a Manning Assistant Professorship, and in March 2002, he was awarded an NSF Career Award.

In January 2003, he was promoted to Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics with tenure and in May 2004 he was awarded Philip J. Bray Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Sciences (the highest award given for teaching excellence in the sciences at Brown University).

He was promoted to Professor of Applied Mathematics as of July 2005.

From October 2006 to June 2013, he was the Founding Director of the Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV) at Brown University.

As of October 2007, he holds the (honorary) title of Professor (Adjunct) at the Technical University of Denmark.

In November 2009, he successfully defended his dr.techn thesis at the Technical University of Denmark and was rewarded the degree of Doctor Technices — the highest academic distinction awarded based on… substantial and lasting contributions that has helped to move the research area forward and penetrated into applications.

As grant Co-PI he served from Aug 2010 to June 2013 as Deputy Director of the Institute of Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), the newest NSF Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.

After having spend his entire academic career at Brown University, Prof. Hesthaven decided to pursue new challenges and joined the Mathematics Institute of Computational Science and Engineering (MATHICSE) at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland in July 2013, being appointed as the Chair of Computational Mathematics and Simulation Science. He maintains a position as Professor of Applied Mathematics (Adjunct) at Brown University.

On February 2014, the new EPFL unit of Scientific IT and Application Support (SCITAS) was created under the leadership of Professor Hesthaven. The mission of SCITAS is to support and enable research in high-performance computing across EPFL with responsibility for support, development and education related ot high-performance computing.

On March 2014, Prof Hesthaven was elected as fellow of SIAM for contributions to high-order methods for partial differential equations. Fellows amount to less than 5% of the total membership and are selected by peers in recognition of distinguised contributions to their discipline. 

February 1, 2017, Prof Hesthaven was appointed Dean of Basic Sciences with the responsibility for the institutes of Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry at EPFL.

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Education

M.Sc. in Computational Physics, Dynamics of Coherent Structures in the Hasegawa-Mima Equation, Institute of Mathematical Modeling, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark. August 1991.

Ph.D. in Applied MathematicsNumerical Studies of Unsteady Coherent Structures and Transport in Two-Dimensional Flows, Institute of Mathematical Modeling, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark. August 1995.

Dr.Techn in Computational MathematicsNodal Discontinuous Element Methods: Formulations, Analysis, and Applications. Institute of Mathematical Modeling, Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark. November 2009.  

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Employment

August 1995 – June 1999:
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, USA
Visiting Assistant Professor, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, USA

July 1999-December 2002:
Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, USA.

July 2001 – December 2002:
Manning Assistant Professor, Brown University, USA.

January 2003 – June 2005:
Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, USA.

September 2006 – June 2010:
Associate Chair, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, USA.

July 2005 – June 2013:
Professor of Applied Mathematics, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, USA.

October 2006 – June 2013:
Founding Director, Center for Computation and Visualization (CCV), Brown University, USA.

July 2010 – June 2013:
Deputy Director, Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), Brown University, USA.

July 2013 – 2016:
Professor of Applied Mathematics (Adjunct), Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University, USA.

October 2007 – present:
Professor (adjunct), DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark.

July 2013 – present:
Professor of Mathematics, Chair of Computational Mathematics and Simulation Science, EPFL-SB-MATH-MCSS, EPFL, Switzerland.  

Feb 2014 – present:
Founding Academic Director of Scientific IT and Application Support (SCITAS), EPFL-SI-SCITAS, EPFL, Switzerland.

Feb 2017 – present:
Dean of Basic Sciences, EPFL, Switzerland

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Awards

August 1995:
NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, Advanced Scientific Computing, National Science Foundation.

September 2000:
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

July 2001:
Manning Assistant Professorship, Brown University.

March 2002:
NSF CAREER Award, Division of Mathematical Sciences, National Science Foundation.

March 2004:
Philip J. Bray Award for Teaching Excellence in the Physical Sciences for 2004-2005, Brown University. 

December 2012:
Gutenberg Chair 2012, Gutenburg Foundation, Strasbourg, France

March 2014:
Elected SIAM Fellow, class of 2014

January 2016:
Editor in Chief, SIAM Journal of Scientific Computing, SIAM Publishing, Philadelphia, USA

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