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”.