Dr. Mary Fannett Wheeler is slated to receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering Degree from the Colorado School of Mines in May 2008.

Dr. Wheeler has served on the Cockrell School of Engineering’s faculty since 1995 and is presently director of the Center for Subsurface Modeling in the Institute of Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES).

Her research interests include numerical solution of partial differential systems with application to the modeling of subsurface and surface flows and parallel computation. Her numerical work includes formulation, analysis and implementation of finite-difference/finite-element discretization schemes for nonlinear, coupled PDE’s as well as domain decomposition iterative solution methods. Her applications include reservoir engineering and contaminant transport in groundwater and bays and estuaries.

Her current work has emphasized mixed finite-element and discontinuous Galerkin methods for modeling reactive multi-phase flow and transport in a heterogeneous porous media, with the goal of simulating these systems on parallel computing platforms.

Dr. Wheeler has published more than 100 technical papers and edited seven books. She is currently an editor of six technical journals and managing editor of Computational Geosciences.

In 1998 she was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Wheeler received the prestigious Joe J. King Professional Achievement Award from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006.