Jan S Hesthaven

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Jan S Hesthaven
  • M.Sc. in computational physics
  • Ph.D. in Numerical Analysis
Alma materTechnical University of Denmark
  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, Advanced Scientific Computing (1995)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2000)
  • Manning Assistant Professorship, Brown University (2001)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2002)
  • Philip J. Bray Award for Teaching Excellence (2004)
  • SIAM Fellow (2014)
Scientific career
FieldsComputational methods for time-dependent partial differential equations
InstitutionsEPFL - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Jan S. Hesthaven is a Danish mathematician [1], currently Dean of the School of Basic Sciences[2] with the responsibility for the Institutes of Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry [3] at EPFL - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. He is Professor of Mathematics and holds the Chair of Computational Mathematics and Simulation Science (MCSS)[2]. He is particularly known for contributions to the development, analysis and application of high-order accurate computational methods for time-dependent partial differential equations. He has also contributed substantially to the development of reduced order models and the application of neural networks and machine learning techniques to problems in science and engineering.


Prof. Hesthaven[1] obtained a Master of Science degree in computational physics from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 1991. In 1995 he received a Ph.D. in Numerical Analysis from the Institute of Mathematical Modelling (DTU) and in 2009 he was awarded the degree of Dr.Techn. from DTU for substantial and lasting contributions that has helped to move his research area forward and penetrated into applications.

After graduation, he was appointed in 1995 as Visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University, then in 1999 as Assistant Professor and in 2003 he was promoted Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics with Tenure at Brown University where in July 2005 he was promoted to Professor of Applied Mathematics.

In 2013 he joined EPFL - École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne where he was appointed Full Professor of Computational Mathematics and Simulation Science[4], and shortly later, in February 2014, he founded the new unit of Scientific IT and Application Support (SCITAS)[5].


Hesthaven, Jan. (2007). Spectral methods for time-dependent problems. Gottlieb, Sigal., Gottlieb, David. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-511-26107-7. OCLC 162144521. Hesthaven, Jan S. (2008). Nodal discontinuous Galerkin methods : algorithms, analysis, and applications. Warburton, Tim. New York: Springer. ISBN 978-0-387-72067-8. OCLC 233971312. Hesthaven, Jan S. (2016). Certified reduced basis methods for parametrized partial differential equations. Rozza, Gianluigi, Stamm, Benjamin. Cham: Springer. ISBN 978-3-319-22470-1. OCLC 919086945. Hesthaven, Jan S. (2018). Numerical methods for conservation laws : from analysis to algorithms. Philadelphia: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. ISBN 978-1-61197-509-3. OCLC 1012713065.

In the media


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Jan S. Hesthaven - Biography". Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Jan S. Hesthaven - EPFL personal page". Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  3. "School of Basic Sciences - Research Institutes". Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  4. Evangelista, Sandy (2012-07-12). "Eight professors appointed at EPFL".
  5. Rezzonico, Vittoria; Robyr, Julien (2014-03-16). "Développer l'utilisation des superordinateurs de l'EPFL" (in français).

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