Tobin Isaac

  • Program Years: 2009-2013
  • Academic Institution: University of Texas
  • Field of Study: Computational and Applied Mathematics
  • Academic Advisor: Omar Ghattas
  • Practicum(s):
    Los Alamos National Laboratory (2010)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Computational Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin, 2015
    B.A. Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University, 2007

Current Status

  • Status: Assistant Professor
  • Research Area: Computational and Applied Mathematics


Burstedde, C., Ghattas, O., Gurnis, M., Isaac, T., Stadler, G., Warburton, T., and Wilcox, L. C. Extreme-scale AMR. In SC '10: Proceedings of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (2010), ACM/IEEE. Gordon Bell Prize finalist

Isaac, T., Burstedde, C., Ghattas, O. Low-Cost Parallel Algorithms for 2:1 Octree Balance. Proceedings of the International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium (2012), IEEE.

Keyes, David E., et al. Multiphysics simulations Challenges and opportunities. International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications 27.1 (2013): 4-83.

Isaac, T., Stadler, G., Ghattas, O. Advanced numerical methods for the solution of the nonlinear Stokes equations of ice sheet dynamics. In preparation.


National Merit Scholar, 2003

President's Honor Roll, Rice University: Fall 2003-Spring 2007

Louis J. Walsh Engineering Scholarship, Rice University: Spring 2003-Spring 2007

Outstanding Winner (top 2%) and Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Award Recipient (one of two), for entry in 2006 Mathematical Contest in Modeling, run by the Consortium for Math and its Applications (COMAP) [As one member of a three student team] (see )

Graduated summa cum laude, Rice University, May, 2007

Awarded CAM Fellowship upon enrollment at ICES, UT, August 2007

Bavarian Graduate School of Computational Engineering Student Paper Prize; SIAM CS&E Conference, February, 2013