Joseph Teran was a professor of applied mathematics at UCLA, now part of the UC Davis Mathematics faculty. His
research is focused on numerical methods for partial differential
equations arising in classical physics. This includes computational
solids, computational fluids, multi-material interactions, fracture
dynamics and computational biomechanics. Exciting applications of his
work arise in virtual surgery and movie special effects with Walt Disney
Animation. Professor Teran is a Fellow of the American Mathematical
Society. He was a recipient of a 2011 Presidential Early Career Award
for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and a 2010 Young Investigator
award from the Office of Naval Research. In 2008, Discover Magazine
named him one of the 50 “Best Brains in Science”.