### Solving Real-World Problems with Mathematics and Computing

### Abstract

Computational science draws upon applied mathematics, computer science, engineering, and the physical sciences. It is a multidisciplinary field that crosses the boundaries separating traditional fields of research from each other. Along with theory and physical experiment, it has become a third pillar of scientific investigation. In this talk, I will motivate modern computational science by surveying the relationships between engineering, the physical sciences, computer science, and applied mathematics. I will highlight several examples where the fusion of careful mathematics and computation was essential in tackling important real-world problems.

### About the Speaker

Michael Parks is a senior member of the Technical Staff in the
Computing Research Center
at the Computer Science
Research Institute at
Sandia National Laboratories
in
Albuquerque, New Mexico. His research interests include
computational
fracture modeling, multi-scale modeling and simulation, domain
decomposition methods, and iterative solvers. He serves as an
editor
for
*Applied Mathematics and Computation*. He holds bachelor's
degrees in computer science and physics as well as a master's
degree
in
computer science from Virginia Tech. After completing his Ph.D.
in
computer science with the scientific computing group at the
University
of Illinois, he joined the staff at Sandia Labs in the fall of
2004.

The Pi Mu Epsilon series is made possible through the
support of the *UNL Mathematics Department*, the *Nebraska Alpha
Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon* and the *Nebraska Math Scholars
program*.