Bill Spotz recently joined the US Department of Energy Office of Science as an Applied Mathematics program manager for the Research Division of the office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research. He was formerly a researcher in the Center for Computing Research at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. Dr. Spotz received his PhD in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin in 1995 with a focus on high order methods for computational fluid dynamics. He then became a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Advanced Studies Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO, and later a Project Scientist in the Scientific Computing Division at NCAR. He joined Sandia in 2001. His career has spanned research in fluid mechanics, high order discetization methods, atmospheric dynamics, spectral and spectral element methods, nonlinear coupling methods, global atmosphere models, advanced nuclear power plants, inverse problems, and hypersonic flows, to name a few. He has led or contributed to scientific software packages for global atmosphere models, linear and nonlinear solvers, coloring algorithms, structured distributed algebra, and the Python interface to Trilinos, Sandia’s suite of fundamental high-performance computing packages for scientific application codes. His dissertation topic, high-order compact finite difference methods for fluid flow, was adapted by the economics community for solving the Black-Scholes equations, which may — or may not — have contributed to the global economic collapse of 2008.
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