research areas

numerical differential equations numerical analysis computational geometric control theory computational geometric mechanicscontact info

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education

ph.d., control and dynamical systems, california institute of technology, 2004

biography

melvin leok received his ph.d. in control and dynamical systems from caltech in 2004. prior to joining ucsd in 2009, he was an assistant professor of mathematics at purdue university, a visiting assistant professor of control and dynamical systems at the california institute of technology, and a t.h. hildebrandt research assistant professor of mathematics at the university of michigan, ann arbor. leok's research is on computational geometric mechanics, which is an area of computational and applied mathematics with increasingly important applications to modern science and engineering. leok's work uses a synthesis of differential geometric and numerical analysis techniques to provide long-time solutions to differential equations that are stable and robust, and thus provide methods for modeling and controlling modern engineering systems.

honors

simons fellowship in mathematicsdod newton award for transformative ideas

national academy of sciences kavli frontiers of science fellow

nsf career award

scicade new talent award

siam student paper prize

leslie fox prize in numerical analysis