University of Texas at Austin faculty member joins American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 21, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — Dr. Mary Wheeler, a noted computational researcher at The University of Texas at Austin, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Dr. Mary Wheeler

Wheeler is director of the Center for Subsurface Modeling at the university's Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences. She also is the Ernest and Virginia Cockrell Chair in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. She has appointments in the departments of Mathematics and Petroleum Engineering.

Wheeler focuses on developing and refining algorithms that apply massive parallel computational power to equations that describe subsurface processes. Such processes include oil and gas recovery, the spread of groundwater contaminants and the viability of carbon sequestration.

Wheeler has been a professor at the university, from which she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees, since 1995. Her Ph.D. in mathematics is from Rice University.

She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and holds honorary doctorates from the Colorado School of Mines and Technische Universiteit Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1780, recognizes international achievement in science, the arts, business and public leadership. The organization has brought together the nation's leading figures from universities, government, business and the creative arts to exchange ideas and promote knowledge in the public interest.

For more information, contact: Tim Green, Office of the Vice President for Research.

2 Comments to "University of Texas at Austin faculty member joins American Academy of Arts and Sciences"

1.  David Fried said on April 29, 2010

Congratulations Professor Wheeler. Hopefully, your field of work will assist in preventing impending disasters like the giant oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico today

2.  April Adams Siegfried said on Sept. 2, 2010

Dr. Wheeler was my math professor at Rice in 1974, '75 and '76, and the reason I went into the energy business as a woman engineer. It is wonderful to hear of her honor, as she has always been a brilliant mathematician and an excellent teacher.