Russel E. Caflisch

Russel E. Caflisch is an American mathematician.

Russel E. Caflisch
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Caflisch in 2012
Scientific career
FieldsApplied Mathematics
InstitutionsNew York University
University of California, Los Angeles
Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics
Doctoral advisorGeorge Papanicolaou


Caflisch is Director of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University (NYU), and a Professor in the Mathematics Department. He received his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in 1975. He earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.[citation needed] His dissertation was titled "The Fluid Dynamic Limit and Shocks for a Model Boltzmann Equation." He has also held faculty positions at Stanford and NYU. He has served as PhD advisor for 22 students, with 55 descendants.[1] Up until August 2017, Caflisch was the director of the Institute for Pure & Applied Mathematics (IPAM) and a professor in the Mathematics department, where he also held a joint appointment in the department of Materials Science and Engineering.[2]

Caflisch was a founding member of California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Caflisch's expertise includes topics in the field of applied mathematics, including partial differential equations, fluid dynamics, plasma physics, materials science, Monte Carlo methods, and computational finance.


Caflisch was awarded the Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship in 1975[3] and a Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship in 1984. He was named a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2009,[4] the American Mathematical Society in 2012,[5] and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2013.[6] He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in April 2019.[7]


  • Mathematical Aspects of Vortex Dynamics (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematic, 1989) ISBN 0898712351


  1. ^ "Russel Caflisch - The Mathematics Genealogy Project". Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  2. ^ "IPAM Directors". Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Hertz Foundation Fellows List". Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  4. ^ "SIAM Fellows List". Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "AMS Fellows List". Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  6. ^ "American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows List". Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  7. ^ "2019 NAS Election". National Academy of Sciences. April 30, 2019. Retrieved May 18, 2019.

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