David L. Brown
David Brown became Director of the LBNL Computational Research Division in August 2011. His 29 year-career with the U. S. Department of Energy National Laboratories includes fourteen years at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and thirteen years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where most recently he served as the Deputy Associate Director for Science and Technology in the Computation Directorate. Dr. Brown's research expertise and interests lie in the development and analysis of algorithms for the solution of partial differential equations (PDEs). In particular, his research has focused on adaptive composite overlapping grid techniques for solving PDEs in complex moving geometries and in the analysis of difference approximations for PDEs. At LANL and LLNL, he led the highly successful Overture project, which in 2001 was named one of the 100 "most important discoveries in the past 25 years" by the DOE Office of Science.
In 2007, Brown convened an independent panel from the applied math research community to investigate how past, present and future math research supported by DOE’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) could be applied to help tackle challenges being addressed by both the DOE Office of Science and the offices of Nuclear Energy, Fossil Energy, Environmental Management, Legacy Management, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, and Civilian Radioactive Waste Management, as well as the National Nuclear Security Administration. (Read the panel’s report.)
Brown earned his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 1982. He also holds a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. in Geophysics from Stanford University.