Kirsten Fagnan is currently collaborating with John Bell and George Pau in the Center for Computational Science and Engineering group at LBNL. They are working on numerical simulation of carbon sequestration and porous media flow.
In 2010, Fagnan earned a doctorate in applied math with an emphasis in numerical analysis and partial differential equations at the University of Washington at Seattle, under the guidance of Professor Randall J. LeVeque. Her thesis project involved developing numerical methods to model shock wave propagation in idealized bone and soft tissue using a Lagrangian formulation of the Euler equations. This is similar to what is done in ALE methods, but the computational grid did not move with the flow. Fagnan also has experience working with AMR codes, most notably the Chombo and AMRCLAW software packages.
A native of Northern California, Fagnan enjoys spending her time away from work rock climbing, bicycling, playing tennis, backpacking and hiking. She also enjoys volunteering in schools by helping out with math teams and science fairs.