Brief Bio on Shuyu Sun


Being both a mathematician and an engineer, Shuyu Sun works on computational methods for various engineering and scientific applications, and he enjoys solving engineering and scientific problems through computation and simulations. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the Computational Transport Phenomena Laboratory (CTPL) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and a Co-Director of the Center for Subsurface Imaging and Fluid Modeling consortium (CSIM) at KAUST. He is a founding faculty member (Assistant Professor) jointly appointed by the program of Earth Sciences and Engineering (ErSE) and the program of Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (AMCS) at KAUST. Before joining KAUST, Dr. Sun served as an Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University in the United States. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in computational and applied mathematics from The University of Texas at Austin, and his Doctor of Engineering degree in chemical engineering from Tianjin University.


Dr. Sun's research includes the modeling and simulation of flow and reactive transport in porous media, as well as the numerical analysis of relevant algorithms. His recent work concerns discontinuous Galerkin methods, error estimates and dynamic adaptivity. His research has been funded by the US DoE, US NSF, US DoD, NSF of China, National 863 Program of China, and recently by KACST (the Saudi Arabian national science agency, equivalent to NSF in US), Saudi Aramco Oil Company and KAUST.


He enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate courses involving ordinary and partial differential equations, and their numerical solution procedures. His recent teaching involves single- and multi-phase flow in porous media. He was the former thesis advisor of 3 Masterís degree graduates, and he is the current thesis advisor of 2 PhD students and 5 Masterís students. He has supervised or is currently supervising 8 postdoctoral research fellows in his lab at KAUST.


In addition to numerous conference papers and technical reports, Dr. Sun has published 47 refereed journal articles. He currently serves as an editor, guest editor, associate editor or editorial board member for 6 international refereed journals in his field. He has reviewed for 50+ technical journals and conference proceedings. He has chaired or co-chaired 7 international workshops or mini-symposia, in addition to a number of departmental seminars. He has given more than 100 invited or contributed presentations to conferences, forums or seminars. He is a member of a few honor societies including Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Gamma Beta Phi, and Phi Kappa Phi. He achieved the certification under the SPE Petroleum Engineering Certification Program, and he is also a licensed professional engineer in Texas, USA.