Rice CMOR hires two new tenure-track faculty members

Thomas Geoffrey Anderson and Lu Zhang are among 21 faculty hires in the School of Engineering.

Headshots of Thomas Geoffrey Anderson and Lu Zhang

Two new tenure-track faculty members have joined the Department of Computational Applied Mathematics and Operations Research, effective July 1.

They are among this year’s 21 new faculty hires in the George R. Brown School of Engineering. This latest group of researchers and teachers further establishes the school’s prominence in its key research areas: health and well-being, energy and sustainability, resilient and adaptive communities, advanced materials, and future computing. 

The new members of the CMOR faculty are:

Thomas Geoffrey Anderson, assistant professor: He received his Ph.D. in applied and computational mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 2020. Since then he has worked as a mathematics postdoctoral scholar at the University of Michigan. Anderson’s research interests include numerical analysis, spectral methods, scientific computing and numerical methods for partial differential equations. He is working on the evaluation of singular integral operators in potential theory and integral equations with applications in fluid mechanics and wave propagation.

Lu Zhang, assistant professor: Zhang earned her Ph.D. in computational and applied mathematics from Southern Methodist University in 2020, then worked as a term assistant professor of applied mathematics at Columbia University. Her research interests include numerical analysis (discontinuous Galerkin, finite difference), data-driven computational inversion (imaging, fast algorithms, deep learning), and mathematical biology (chemotaxis, population dynamics, pattern formation).