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Thomas F. Russell

Thomas F. Russell
Email:  trussell@nsf.gov
Phone: (703) 292-4863
Fax: (703) 292-9151
Room: 1025 N
Organization:   (DMS)
Title:  Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Arctic SEES (ArcSEES)
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (CDS&E)
Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (CDS&E-MSS)
Computational Mathematics
Decadal and Regional Climate Prediction using Earth System Models (EaSM)
Materials Use: Science, Engineering, and Society (MUSES)


Thomas F. Russell returned to MPS in December 2012 in the Office of the Assistant Director, after a four-year detail as a senior staff associate in the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA).  His primary responsibilities in the MPS OAD include leadership roles in DataWay and in the Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) OneNSF investment, as well as continued major contributions to the Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) OneNSF investment.  Dr. Russell joined OIA in November 2008 to coordinate the planning and execution of NSF's Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (CDI) program and, drawing upon his insight gained from his CDI experience, to formulate best practices regarding the design and implementation of NSF-wide, interdisciplinary programs.  Following the conclusion of CDI in 2011, he became a co-chair of the INSPIRE Working Group and led the effort to formulate and manage the INSPIRE funding opportunities in FY 2012 (CREATIV) and FY 2013 (Track 1, Track 2, and Director's Awards).  Prior to his detail to OIA, Dr. Russell was on the MPS staff in the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS), where he is a program director for computational mathematics and applied mathematics from 2003 to 2008. His integrative activities during his years in DMS included leading or participating in the following initiatives: the DMS Vertical Integration of Research and Education (VIGRE, 2005-2007); the DMS-GEO Collaborations in Mathematical Geosciences (CMG, 2003-2008); the Interagency Modeling and Analysis Group (IMAG), which supports modeling and analysis of biomedical systems (2004-present); and the NSF-wide, CDI initiative (2007-2011).  Previously, Dr. Russell was a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Denver from 1987 to 2003, and served as department chair from 1996 to 2001. From 1980 to 1987, he was a research mathematician at the Petroleum Technology Center of Marathon Oil Company in Littleton, CO. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1980 under the supervision of Jim Douglas, Jr. His interdisciplinary professional service includes a term as the chair of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Activity Group on Geosciences from 1998 to 2000, chair of the organizing committee for the 2001 SIAM Conference on Geosciences, associate editor of Water Resources Research from 2001 to 2004, and membership on the scientific council of the French Research Group for Numerical Simulation and Mathematical Modeling of Underground Nuclear Waste Disposal since 2002.  His research interests are in the numerical solution of partial differential equations, particularly with applications to subsurface flows in porous media, including groundwater flow and transport and petroleum reservoir simulation. His current major thrusts include control-volume mixed finite element methods, which compute accurate velocities/fluxes for flow equations in heterogeneous media on distorted meshes; Eulerian-Lagrangian localized adjoint methods, which compute accurate solutions for transport equations, even when advection-dominated; efficient algebraic equation solvers for these methods; and upscaling techniques based on stochastic models and the solution of moment equations.

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