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Tanya Vanessa Tafolla

Institution/Organization: University of California, Merced

Department: Applied Mathematics

Academic Status: Graduate Student

What conference theme areas are you interested in:

High-order methods, novel discretizations, and scalable solvers
High-performance computing, emerging architectures and programming paradigms
Multiscale, multiphysics, and multilevel methods
Quantum algorithms, quantum computation, and quantum information science


My research interests lie in scientific computing, parallel computing, and numerical analysis. As an undergrad, I worked on developing a continuous model for penguin huddles to understand how penguins stay warm enough to survive those harsh Antarctic winters! The project forged my interest in pursuing a graduate career coalescing mathematical modeling of physical systems and high performance computing. I am interested in developing and designing scalable, portable, high-fidelity numerical methods that mathematically resolve multi-physics problems with high accuracy in order to better understand the world around us. I am currently focusing on time integration methods for systems of stiff, ordinary differential equations. Specifically on the development of accurate exponential propagation iterative methods and the effective implementation for multicore and GPU architecture.

Non-Work Related Activities/Interests:

I am part of the University of California, Merced (UCM) SIAM Graduate Student Chapter; this is my second year as the treasurer. UCM is a minority serving institution, and the majority of the students are first generation. Through my involvement in SIAM , I aim to create and nurture a research environment for the undergraduate students through research talks and fun activities. Our chapter hosts weekly research seminars given by graduate students to give them an idea of the current research being done, career and graduate school panels, seminars on REU’s and undergraduate research current graduate students did. For fun, we host annual Derivative and Integration competitions.