Biography:Randall J. LeVeque

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Short description: American mathematician
Randall J. LeVeque
Randall J. LeVeque in 2008
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics, Applied Mathematics
InstitutionsUniversity of Washington
University of California, Los Angeles
Courant Institute
Doctoral advisorJoseph Oliger

Randall J. LeVeque is a Professor of Applied Mathematics at University of Washington who works in many fields including numerical analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and mathematical theory of conservation laws.[1] Among other contributions, he is lead developer of the open source software project Clawpack for solving hyperbolic partial differential equations using the finite volume method. With Zhilin Li, he has also devised a numerical technique called the immersed interface method for solving problems with elastic boundaries or surface tension.[2][3]

He was an invited speaker at the 2006 International Congress of Mathematicians held in Madrid.[4] He became a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2010,[5] fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2013,[6] and a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2021.[7]

LeVeque is a son of the well-known mathematician William J. LeVeque.

Education and Career

LeVeque received his B.A. in mathematics from University of California, San Diego in 1977. He then continued to Stanford University to get his Ph.D. in computer science in 1982. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Courant Institute and the Hedrick Assistant Professorship at University of California, Los Angeles, he has been a faculty member at the University of Washington since 1985. He has advised twenty three PhD students.[8]


LeVeque has authored several textbooks and monographs:


  1. "Randy LeVeque at University of Washington". Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
  2. LeVeque, Randall J.; Li, Zhilin (1994), "The immersed interface method for elliptic equations with discontinuous coefficients and singular sources", SIAM J. Numer. Anal. 31 (4): 1019–1044, doi:10.1137/0731054 
  3. LeVeque, Randall J.; Li, Zhilin (1997), "Immersed interface method for Stokes flow with elastic boundaries or surface tension", SIAM J. Sci. Comput. 18 (3): 709–735, doi:10.1137/s1064827595282532, Bibcode1997SJSC...18..709L 
  4. ICM Plenary and Invited Speakers, retrieved 2021-04-26.
  5. List of Fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  6. List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-27.
  7. National Academy of Sciences Elects New Members — Including a Record Number of Women — and International Members, retrieved 2021-04-26.
  8. Personal Website of Randall J. LeVeque, CV and bibliography, retrieved 2021-04-28.
  9. Finite Volume Methods for Hyperbolic Problems - Review by John Weatherwax
  10. Strikwerda, John C. (1993). "Numerical methods for conservation laws". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.) 28 (2): 370–373. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1993-00366-5. 

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