Kevin Luna

Institution/Organization: University of Arizona

Department: Program in Applied Mathematics

Academic Status: Graduate Student

What conference theme areas are you interested in:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for science and engineering;
Applications in science, engineering, and industry;
Data assimilation, challenges in data science, math of AI and ML;
Education and interdisciplinary programs in CSE;
High-order methods, novel discretization’s, and scalable solvers;
High-performance computing, emerging architectures and programming paradigms;
Inverse problems, optimization, and uncertainty quantification;
Multiscale, Multiphysics, and multilevel methods


Broadly, my research interests include the intersection and application of computational methods and asymptotic methods to study problems in the physical sciences. More precisely, as a PhD student, I work on applying computational and asymptotic methods for stochastic modeling of fluid flows that are in chemical and thermal non-equilibrium. Recently, my research interests have also branched out to include the application of deep learning and GPUs to speed up algorithms relevant to fluid dynamics.

Non-Work Related Activities/Interests:

Outside of work, I have devoted a good deal of effort to STEM outreach and support of underrepresented groups within my local community at varying education levels. Coming from this background myself(underrepresented and under-privileged), I am all too aware of the need to improve the accessibility and visibility of STEM careers to these communities. To this end I have worked with local high-school and middle-school classrooms as a mathematics classroom-aid, tutor, and as an encouraging voice for the these young students. These efforts led to me receiving an “Outreach Scholar” award at my University where I was able to forego usual teaching obligations and could focus on these outreach efforts. Beyond that, I have helped out closer to home by serving as a mentor to first year PhD students who (like myself) often struggle with the transition to graduate studies. When not working on research, teaching, or outreach I can usually be found spending time with my wife and our 2 cats.