Who I am

After having studied in Stuttgart and Heidelberg (Germany), having obtained a Ph.D. in Heidelberg, briefly working at ETH Zürich (Switzerland), and three years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin (with joint positions at both the Institute for Computational Sciences and Engineering and at the Institute for Geophysics), I was previously a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Texas A&M University. I am now a professor in the Department of Mathematics and a professor (by courtesy) in the Department of Geosciences at Colorado State University. I am also a co-Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (TOMS).

I consider myself a computational scientist. My field of work is developing methods and widely usable software for the numerical solution of partial differential equations by the finite element method. If you are interested in more about this, check out the links at the top of this page.

Finite element software

The concrete realization of my work is software. This includes deal.II, a finite element software library written in C++. I am the principal author and maintainer of this open source library

deal.II is used by several hundred researchers around the world and is part of the computing industry standard SPEC CPU2006 benchmark. My co-authors and I have received the J. H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software for its creation. It has been used for numerical results in about 800 scientific papers covering practically all areas of the sciences and engineering.

I wrote the basic blocks of this library in 1998 for my thesis, but it has been greatly extended since, by me and more than 200 others around the world. It now has about 1,100,000 lines of code, and extensive documentation.

I am also a principal author of ASPECT, an open source code for thermal convection with primary application to the simulation of convection in the Earth mantle.


Email bangerth @ colostate.edu
Office Weber 214
Cell phone ++1 (512) 689 7194
Mail address Wolfgang Bangerth
Department of Mathematics
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Fort Collins, CO 80523-1874