Donna Calhoun

Department of Mathematics, Boise State University

Donna Calhoun is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Boise State University, where she is pursuing projects in software development for solving PDEs using finite volume methods on logically Cartesian, mapped grids, including a novel grid for the sphere.

Her areas of application include:

  • developing algorithms for patch-based AMR
  • solving coupled systems of reaction-diffusion equations using explicit time-stepping schemes and finite-volume methods
  • applying finite-volume schemes to develop novel applications in discrete differential geometry.

Donna Calhoun received her PhD in 1999 from University of Washington. After receiving her PhD, Dr. Calhoun worked as a post-doctoral scholar at the Courant Institute with Dr. Marsha Berger, and as a post-doc with R. J. LeVeque. Before coming to Boise State, she spent five years working for the French Atomic Energy Commission developing safety applications for the nuclear industry.

Sample publications

  • D. Calhoun, C. Helzel, R. J. LeVeque. Logically rectangular grids and finite volume methods for PDEs in circular and spherical domains. SIAM Review Vol. 50, Issue 4, pp. 723-752. (2008) full text – more info
  • P. H. Lauritzen, N. Andronova, P. A. Bosler, D. Calhoun, et. al. A standard test case suite for 2d linear transport on the sphere: results from 17 state-of-the-art schemes, 2012, in preparation – more info
  • M. Berger, D. Calhoun, C. Helzel, R. J. LeVeque, Logically rectangular finite volume methods with adaptive refinement on the sphere, Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, Vol. 367, No. 1907, pp. 4483-4496 (2009) full text
  • D. Calhoun, C. Helzel, R. J. LeVeque. A Finite Volume Grid for Solving Hyperbolic Problems on the Sphere, Hyperbolic Problems : Theory, Numerics, Applications, Springer. Proceedings of the Eleventh Int. Conf. on Hyperbolic Problems, Lyon, France. July 17-21 (2006) full text