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Abani Patra

Stern Family Professor
Computer Science
Director, Data Intensive Studies Center (DISC)
Professor, Mathematics
Secondary Appointment, Mechanical Engineering

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Abani Patra

Stern Family Professor
Computer Science
Director, Data Intensive Studies Center (DISC)
Professor, Mathematics
Secondary Appointment, Mechanical Engineering

Phone 617-627-3718
Robinson Hall, Room 258
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
computational sciences, data driven modeling
Biography: 

Abani Patra researches computational issues in large scale and data driven modeling. He is trained in computational mathematics. He was the founding director of the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences at University at Buffalo and has directed programs at the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Education: 
Ph.D., Computational and Applied Mathematics, University of Texas-Austin, 1995
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1990
B.E., Mechanical Engineering, Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, 1987
Professional Experience: 
2019-present:

Tufts University

  • Director, Data Intensive Studies Center (DISC)
  • Professor, Department of Computer Science, Tufts School of Engineering
  • Professor, Department of Mathematics, Tufts School of Arts and Sciences
1996-2019:

University at Buffalo, State University of New York

  • 2013-2019: Founding Director, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
  • 2013-2019: Founding Director, Program in Computational and Data Enabled Sciences and Engineering
  • 2004-2019: Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • 1996-2004: Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
2016-2017:

Program Director, Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy

2007-2010:

Program Director, Office of Cyberinfrastructure, National Science Foundation

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2018: Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement, University at Buffalo
2015: Named Fellow, U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics
1997: CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
Selected Professional Activities: 
Chair, Computational Science Advisory Board, Brookhaven National Laboratories
Section Editor, Journal of Computational Science
Editorial Board, Computers and Mathematics with Applications
Editorial Board, International Journal for Uncertainty Quantification
Professional Memberships: 
U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics