Simon Tavener Executive Associate Dean for Academics; Professor of Mathematics

Office: Statistics Building 117

Phone: (970) 491-6645


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  • BE (Engineering Science) 1st class Honors, University of Auckland
  • ME (Engineering Science) Distinction, University of Auckland
  • D. Phil (Physics), University of Oxford


Simon Tavener received B.E. and M.E. degrees in Engineering Science at the University of Auckland before completing a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford. He spent a year as a postdoc at the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications at the University of Minnesota and then 13 years in the Mathematics Department at Penn State. Simon joined CSU in 2000 and served for eight years as the Chair of Mathematics. Tavener’s current research interests are largely focused on numerical techniques for the accurate computation of multiscale, multiphysics problems, most recently including issues arising due to the presence of uncertainty.  Simon has recently enjoyed two visiting fellowships at the Oxford Center for Collaborative Applied Mathematics.


deal.II implementation of a weak Galerkin finite element solver for Darcy flowZhuoran Wang, Graham Bennett Harper, Patrick O'Leary , Jiangguo Liu, Simon J. Tavener Lecture Notes in Computer Science.
Solving linear elasticity by renovated Bernardi-Raugel elements on simplicial meshesRuishu Wang, Graham Bennett Harper, Jiangguo Liu, Simon J. Tavener, Ran Zhang SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis.
Lowest-order weak Galerkin finite element methods for linear elasticity on rectangular and brick meshesGraham Bennett Harper, Jiangguo Liu, Simon J. Tavener, Bin Zheng Journal of Scientific Computing, 2018.
Lowest-order weak Galerkin finite element method for Darcy flow on convex polygonal meshesJiangguo Liu, Simon J. Tavener, Zhuoran Wang SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, 2018.
Inference-based assessment of parameter identifiability in nonlinear biological modelsAidan C. Daly, David Gavaghan, Jonathan Cooper, Simon J. Tavener Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 144, 2018.
A two-field finite element solver for poroelasticity on quadrilateral meshesGraham Bennett Harper, Jiangguo Liu, Simon J. Tavener, Zhuoran Wang Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2018.
The lowest-order weak Galerkin finite element method for the Darcy equation on quadrilateral and hybrid meshesJiangguo Liu, Simon J. Tavener, Zhuoran Wang Journal of Computational Physics, 2018.
Multiscale Modeling and Uncertainty Quantification for Nuclear Fuel PerformanceDon J. Estep, Anter El-Azab, Michael Pernice, John W. Peterson, Peter Polyakov, Simon J. Tavener, Dongbin Xiu Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC, Columbus, OH (United States), 2017.
The Formulation of Stochastic Inverse Problems and Solution by Random SamplingDon J. Estep, Lei Yang, Simon J. Tavener, Troy Butler, Tim Wildey, Clint Dawson, Lindsey Graham To be determined.
The power of evolutionary rescue is constrained by genetic loadGavin S. Stewart, Madeline R. Morris, Allison B. Genis, Marianna Szucs, Brett A. Melbourne, Simon J. Tavener, Ruth A. Hufbauer Evolutionary Applications, 2017.