Jeffrey Banks

Eliza Ricketts Foundation Career Development Chair, Mathematical Sciences

Dr. Banks received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2006. Subsequently he completed postdoctoral appointments at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California. In 2010 he was appointed as a staff scientist at LLNL where he remained until moving back to RPI. In January 2015 he was appointed associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences where he holds the Eliza Ricketts Foundation Career Development Chair.
Dr. Banks is interested in computer simulation of time evolving partial differential equations where linear or nonlinear wave phenomena play a central role. His research involves the development and analysis of highly accurate and efficient algorithms for the numerical simulation of physical systems such as high-speed fluid dynamics, solid mechanics, electromagnetics, plasma physics and fluid-structure interaction. In addition, he is the primary developer of the LOKI code for plasma physics, which is a high-order accurate solver for the kinetic Vlasov equation in 2-space and 2-velocity dimensions plus time. LOKI is highly scalable using MPI and is routinely run on some of the largest supercomputers in the world.



Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2006

M.S., Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2002

B.S., Mathematics of Computation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2002



Research Focus
  • Numerical methods for partial differential equations
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Computational fluid dynamics and solid mechanics
  • Scientific computing
  • Wave phenomenon
  • Laser plasma interaction
Select Works
  • On Galerkin difference methods, J. W. Banks and T. Hagstrom, J. Comput. Phys., Volume 313, Pages 310–327, 2016
  • Vlasov simulations of electron-ion collision effects on damping of electron plasma waves, J. W. Banks, S. Brunner, R. L. Berger, and T. M. Tran, Phys. Plasmas, Volume 23, Pages 032108, 2016
  • A stable partitioned FSI algorithm for incompressible flow and deforming beams, L. Li, W. D. Henshaw, J. W. Banks, D. W. Schwendeman, and G. A. Main, J. Comput. Phys., Volume 312, Pages 310–327, 2016
  • An Analysis of a New Stable Partitioned Algorithm for FSI Problems. Part I: Incompressible Flow and Elastic Solids, J. W. Banks, W. D. Henshaw, and D. W. Schwendeman, J Comput. Phys., Volume 269, Pages 108–137, 2014
  • Upwind Schemes for the Wave Equation in Second-Order Form, J. W. Banks and W. D. Henshaw, J. Comput. Phys., Volume 231, Issue 17, Pages 5854–5889., 2012
  • Two-Dimensional Vlasov Simulation of Electron Plasma Wave Trapping, Wavefront Bowing, Self- Focusing, and Sideless, J. W. Banks, R. L. Berger, S. Brunner, B. I. Cohen, and J. A. F. Hittinger, Phys. Plasmas, Volume 18, Number 5, Pages 052102 2010