Contact information:
Name: Kenneth Duru (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Phone:    +1 650-498-5606
Email:    kduru@stanford.edu
 Address:  Stanford University
                   Department of Geophysics
                   397 Panama Mall Stanford,
                    California 94305 USA

Short bio: (see CV)
I am a computational and  applied mathematician. My undergraduate education was in Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Calabar, Nigeria. In 2005, I moved to Sweden for graduate studies, obtaining a M.Sc. degree in  Scientific Computing (major Mathematics) from The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. In June 2012, I earned a PhD degree in Scientific Computing (major Numerical Analysis)  from Uppsala University, Sweden, under the supervision of Prof. Gunilla Kreiss. The title of my PhD thesis is: Perfectly matched layers and high order difference methods for wave equations. I am currently  a postdoctoral fellow, working with Prof. Eric Dunham, at the Geophysics Department Stanford  University, California, USA. At Stanford University, my  research focuses on high order accurate and provably stable numerical methods for waves and earthquake rupture dynamics.

Research interests:
My research focuses on the analysis and  development of mathematical theories and numerical methods for time-domain  wave propagation problems. This research is a lynchpin of many engineering and scientific applications. Examples include the use of elastic waves to image natural resources in the subsurface, to detect cracks and faults in structures, to monitor underground explosions and fluid injection, and to investigate strong ground motions from earthquakes. Other application areas involve electromagnetic waves  and acoustic waves vis-a-vis wireless communication and ground penetrating radar technologies, as well as sonar and aero-acoustics to name but a few.

Research Areas:
  • Partial differential equations      
  • Initial boundary value problems (IBVPs)
  • Boundary and interface phenomena
  • Perfectly matched layers and absorbing layers
  • Provably accurate software for computational mechanics
  • High order accurate finite difference and finite volume methods
  • Inverse problems