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Prof. dr. ir. Jason Frank (Hutchinson, Kansas, USA 1970) earned B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas in 1992 and 1994. In 1995 he worked as researcher in the mathematics departments at U. Kansas and at CWI, Amsterdam. From 1996 through 2000 he completed PhD studies in numerical analysis at Delft University of Technology and CWI (PhD, T.U. Delft, April 2000) with a dissertation on parallel computing methods for ordinary and partial differential equations. From 2000-2013 he was employed by CWI, Amsterdam as researcher in the department Modelling, Analysis and Computation, and leader of the research group MAC1 - Computational and Stochastic Dynamics. From 2010-2013 he was appointed Full Professor at the University of Amsterdam in the Chair for Numerical Analysis and Dynamical Systems. In 2013 he was appointed professor of numerical Analysis at Utrecht University. His research addresses geometric numerical methods for partial differential equations, with applications in geophysical fluid dynamics and nonlinear waves.  


Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica University of Amsterdam
Modelling Analysis & Computation Faculty of Science - KdV Institute
P.O. Box 94079 P.O. Box 94248
1090 GB Amsterdam 1090 GE Amsterdam
the Netherlands the Netherlands
phone: +31 20 5924096 phone: +31 20 5256540
fax: +31 20 5924199
e-mail: (available on web site, see below)


Birthdate: 21 Feb 1970
Birthplace: Hutchinson, Kansas, USA
Citizenship: American
Family status: married, 2 children
Languages: English (native), Dutch (fluent)


Ph.D. 17 Apr 2000. Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands. Faculty of Information Technology and Systems, Department of Applied Mathematics. Dissertation title: Efficient Algorithms for the Numerical Solution of Differential Equations ( Advisors: Prof. Dr. Ir. P. Wesseling, Prof. Dr. P.J. van der Houwen, Dr. Ir. C. Vuik.

Master of Science. 31 Dec 1994. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA. Department of Aerospace Engineering. Thesis title: An Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Swirl on Mixing Enhancement of Supersonic Rectangular Jets.

Bachelor of Science. 31 Dec 1992. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA. Department of Aerospace Engineering.  


UvA (University of Amsterdam), Since Mar 2010, Full Professor (20% appointment) in the Chair for Numerical Analysis and Dynamical Systems, under the Foundation for Higher Education in Applied Mathematics.

CWI (Center for Mathematics and Computer Science), Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Since Jan 2007, Theme leader of group MAC1 "Computational and Stochastic Dynamics". Leadership of a staff of about 7–15 full and part time researchers.

UvA (University of Amsterdam), Sep 2006–Dec 2008, 20% detachment. Teaching bachelor and master courses in numerical analysis

CWI (Center for Mathematics and Computer Science), Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Since Jan 2002, senior scientist. Geometric methods and applications in atmospheric/climate research. (

CWI, Amsterdam, the Netherlands and GMD, Sankt Augustin, Germany, joint position. Jan 2000–Dec 2001, postdoctoral researcher. Numerical integration and dynamics of geophysical fluid flows.

CWI, Amsterdam. Jul 1998–Dec 1999, visiting researcher. Development of parallel methods for initial value problems.

Delft University of Technology. Feb 1996 - Dec 1999, doctoral candidate. Research in parallel domain decomposition for the Navier-Stokes equations. Teaching of computer lab sessions with Matlab, 5 terms. (

CWI, Amsterdam. Jun - Dec 1995, visiting researcher. Research on the stability of time integration methods.

University of Kansas, Department of Mathematics, Lawrence, Kansas. Sep - May 1995, graduate student. Research on time integration of Hamiltonian PDEs. Teaching of computer lab sessions with Matlab, 1 term. (

University of Kansas, Department of Aerospace Engineering. Jan 1993 - May 1994, graduate student. Research on experimental aerodynamics. Teaching of aerodynamics lab sessions, 3 terms.  








University of Amsterdam, Science Faculty, Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics







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  • SciCADE 2011, International Conference on Scientific Computation and Differential Equations, Toronto, 11–15 Jul. 2011.
  • Foundations of Computational Mathematics, Workshop on Geometric Integration and Computational Mechanics, Budapest, 4–6 Jul. 2011.
  • Inaugural lecture "The Nature of Prediction (and the Prediction of Nature)" University of Amsterdam, 21 Apr. 2011.
  • Nederlands Mathematisch Congres Minisymposium "European Study Group Mathematics with Industry", Twente University, 14-15 Apr. 2011.
  • Geometric Numerical Integration Oberwolfach, Germany. 20–26 Mar. 2011.
  • Mathematical and Statistical Approaches to Climate Modelling and Prediction Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, UK. 10–31 Oct. 2010.
  • Vakantiecursus Wiskunde 2010 Amsterdam (27–28 Aug.) and Eindhoven (3–4 Sep.) 2010.
  • Mathematical Theory and Modelling in Atmosphere-Ocean-Science Oberwolfach, Germany. 8–14 Aug. 2010.
  • General Mathematics Colloquium, University of Amsterdam, 28 Apr 2010.
  • Numerical Hierarchies for Climate Modeling Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA. 12–16 Apr 2010.
  • Computational Multiscale Methods, U. Twente. 26–27 nov 2009.
  • Frontiers of Science, Beijing. 9–11 Nov 2009.
  • Woudschoten Conference of the Werkgemeenschap Scientific Computing, Zeist. 7–9 Oct 2009.
  • NUMDIFF-12. Halle, 14–18 Sep 2009. Minisymposium organizer "Computational Climatology". Talk (impromptu): A thermostat closure for point vortices.
  • Capstone Conference of the 2008/09 Warwick EPSRC Symposium on Challenges in Scientific Computing. Warwick, 30 June–3 July, 2009. Minisymposium organizer "Computational Methods for Atmospheric Dynamics".
  • 2009 SIAM Conference om Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences. Leipzig, 15–18 June 2009. Minisymposium organizer "Numerical Methods for Atmosphere/Ocean Fluid Dynamics: Algorithmic Design and Qualitative Behavior". Talk: Statistical Model for an Incompressible Particle-mesh Method
  • Wave-flow interactions. Edinburgh, 25–29 May 2009.
  • Lunch lecture. Deltares, Delft. Mar 5, 2009. "Statistical accuracy in numerical discretization of geophysical fluids".
  • Dynamical Analysis Seminar. Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Apr. 9, 2008. Lecture "Statistical mechanics of Arakawa's Jacobian".
  • PGEF - Netherlands Platform for Geophysical and Environmental Fluid Mechanics. U. Twente, Sep. 28, 2007. Lecture "Statistical mechanics of Arakawa's Jacobian"
  • Applying Geometric Integrators. ICMS Workshop. Edinburgh, April 2007. Invited talk "Statistical mechanics of Arakawa's Jacobian: numerical experiments".
  • Working visit to Edinburgh University (Ben Leimkuhler and Jacques Vanneste). 25–28 February 2007. Applied Mathematics Seminar, 27 Feb. "Numerical Conservation of Hamiltonian Structure in Atmospheric Dynamics"
  • Mathematics of Earth Sciences. NDNS+ Cluster Workshop. Groningen, 27 Nov.–1 Dec. 2006. Invited overview lecture "Conservation of Hamiltonian structure in numerical models of geophysical flows".
  • Geometric and Multiscale Methods for Geophysical Fluid Dynamics. Lorentz Center, Leiden. 2–6 October 2006. Co-organizer. Talk: "Wave action conservation by multisymplectic integrators."
  • Castellón Conference on Geometric Integration. Castellon, Spain. 18–22 September 2006. Invited lecture "Local conservation and multisymplectic discretizations for PDEs."
  • NUMDIFF 11 Numerical Solution of Differential and Differential Algebraic Equations. Halle, Germany. 4–8 September 2006. Plenary lecture "Local conservation and multisymplectic discretizations for Hamiltonian PDEs."
  • Nederlands Mathematisch Congres. Delft, Netherlands. 27–28 March 2006. Invited lecture, Minisymposium Numerieke Wiskunde "Conservation and coarse-grained dynamics in climate simulations."
  • Geometric Numerical Integration. Oberwolfach, Germany. 19–25 March 2006.
  • Working visit to Surrey University. 1–3 March 2006. Geometry, Fluids and Numerical Seminar, 2 Mar 2006 "Some recent developments in multi-symplectic discretization."
  • Computational Laboratory for Analysis, Modeling and Visualization. Bremen, Germany. 6 Dec. 2005. Seminar lecture "Symplectic discretization of atmospheric flows."
  • Potsdam Workshop on Numerical Methods in Climate and Weather Prediction, Potsdam, Germany, 28 September–1 October 2005. Talk: "Some really exotic conservation laws, a method that preserves them all, and considerations for nonuniform grids."
  • Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM), Santander, Spain, 30 June–9 July 2005. Minisymposium on Geometric Integration. Invited lecture: "Dispersion properties of conservative discretizations for wave equations."
  • SciCADE 05 International Conference on Scientific Computation and Differential Equations, Nagoya, Japan, 23–27 May, 2005. Minisymposium organizer: Geometric Methods for PDEs. Talk: "Conservative discretizations of wave equations: group velocity signature and nonphysical reflections."
  • UvA Numerica, U. Amsterdam, 8 December 2004. Lecture: "Dispersion and grid-induced spurious reflections in finite difference methods for wave equations."
  • Nonlinearity in Amsterdam (Combined UvA, VU, CWI Nonlinear Dynamics Colloquium), 27 October 2004. Invited lecture: "Symplectic Integration of Atmospheric Fluids."
  • Dutch/Flemish Numerical Analysis Conference Woudschoten, Zeist, the Netherlands. 6–8 October 2004. Contributed talk: "Symplectic Integration of Atmospheric Fluids."
  • Dutch Geometric Methods in GFD working group meeting, U. Twente, the Netherlands. 28 July 2004. "The HPM method on logically uniform grids."
  • Geometric Methods in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Network Meeting, Pitlochry, Scotland, 20-23 April 2004. Talk: "The box scheme: Nonexistence of nonphysical reflections on nonuniform grids."
  • Nederlands-Belgisch Mathematisch Congres. Tilburg, the Netherlands. 16–17 April 2004. Minisymposium organizer "Partiële differentiaalvergelijkingen". Talk: "Symplectic Integration of Atmospheric Fluids."
  • Mathematics Institute, Utrecht University, 18 March 2004. Colloquium: "Symplectic Integration of Atmospheric Fluids."
  • CWI Scientific Meeting. CWI, Amsterdam. 31 October 2003. "Geometric Integration of Geophysical Fluids".
  • NUMDIFF 10 Numerical Solution of Differential and Differential Algebraic Equations. Halle, Germany. 8 - 11 September 2003. Minisymposium organizer "Geometric Methods for PDEs" with S. Reich. Talk "Discretization of wave equations and grid-induced reflections".
  • SciCADE '03 International Conference on Scientific Computation and Differential Equations. Trondheim, Norway. 30 June - 4 July 2003. Invited lecture, "A Hamiltonian Particle-Mesh Methods for Geophysical Fluid Dynamics".
  • SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems. Snowbird, UT, USA. 27 - 31 May 2003. Invited lecture, "A Hamiltonian Particle-Mesh Methods for Geophysical Fluid Dynamics" in minisymposium "Discrete Geometry and Geometric Integration".
  • Geometric and Structure-Preserving Algorithms for PDEs. Oslo, Norway. 12 - 15 May 2003. Invited lecture, "The Box-scheme Applied... to Micromagnetics".
  • UvA Numerica Seminar. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. 13 Jan 2003. Invited seminar: "Multisymplectic numerical treatment of ferromagnetic materials."
  • Innovative Time Integrators for PDEs. CWI, Amsterdam. 25 - 27 Nov 2002, Co-organizer. Talk "Multisymplectic treatment of the Landau-Lifshitz equation".
  • Conference on Scientific Computation Celebrating Gerhard Wanner's 60th Birthday. Geneva, Switzerland. 26 - 29 Jun 2002. Talk entitled "A finite mass approach for advection-diffusion-reaction equations".
  • Invariant and Symmetry-Preserving Algorithms for N-Body Simulation. Leicester, UK. 25 - 26 Apr 2002. Invited speaker, "The Hamiltonian Particle-Mesh Method and Numerical Results".
  • IMA Workshop Dynamical Systems in Celestial Mechanics and Climate Dynamics. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 29 Oct - 2 Nov 2001.
  • International Workshop Meshfree Methods for Partial Differential Equations. Bonn, Germany. 11 - 14 Sep 2001. Talk entitled "Particle-mesh methods for the rotating shallow water equations."
  • 19th Biennial Conference on Numerical Analysis. Dundee, Scotland. 26 - 29 June 2001.
  • Mathematical Modelling Centre. University of Leicester, U.K. 16 Mar 2001. Invited colloquium: "A Potential Vorticity Conserving Particle-Mesh Method for the Shallow Water Equations."
  • Mathematical Physics and Computational Mechanics Department. University of Twente, Netherlands. 9 Nov 2000. Invited colloquium: "A Potential Vorticity Conserving Geometric Integrator for Rotating Shallow Water Equations."
  • Numerical Solution of Differential and Differential-Algebraic Equations (NUMDIFF 9). Halle, Germany. 4 - 8 Sep 2000. Invited speaker, minisymposium on Parallel Methods for ODEs, "Parallel Extended Backward Difference Formulas."
  • SciCADE '99. Frazer Island, Australia. 9 - 13 Aug 1999. Talk entitled "Parallel extended BDF methods."
  • FOCM '99. Oxford, UK. 26 - 28 Jul 1999.
  • Fifth Copper Mountain Conference on Iterative Methods, Colorado, USA. 30 Mar - 3 Apr 1998.
  • Tenth International Conference on Domain Decomposition Methods. Boulder, Colorado, USA. 10 - 14 Aug 1997. Presented timing results of an approximate Schwarz method for the Poisson equation.
  • Multilevel Preconditioning Methods with Parallel Implementation Aspects and Applications in Scientific Computing. Nijmegen, the Netherlands. 19 - 26 May, 1997.
  • Innovative Integrators Workshop, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 20 Oct - 1 Nov 1996.
  • ODE2NODE Workshop, Geiranger, Norway. 18 - 22 Jun 1995. Gave a talk on geometric integrators for the Landau-Lifshitz equation.
  • SciCADE '95, Stanford, California, USA. 28 Mar - 1 Apr 1995.