Linda Petzold - ICES Board of Visitors
Linda Petzold is Professor in the Department of Computer Science (Chair 2003-2007) and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Director of the Computational Science and Engineering Program at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science in 1978 from the University of Illinois. Linda’s research group at UCSB concentrates on computational science and engineering, and in particular simulation, sensitivity analysis, design optimization, optimal control and problem solving environments for systems described by differential-algebraic equations and partial differential equations. Current projects focus on several important engineering applications including the development of a computational infrastructure for microfluidic systems with applications to biotechnology and the development and analysis of multiscale simulation methods for biochemical networks. The computational issues addressed range from development and analysis of numerical methods for problems at scales from stochastic to deterministic, to analysis of errors due to the use of reduced order models, to the design of software environments to make scientific computation more easily accessible.