Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley, and the head of the Mathematics Group at the United States Department of Energy\'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Applied mathematics, Computational physics, Partial differential equations
Sethian was elected member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2008 for the development of efficient methods of tracking moving interfaces. He received the Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics in 2004, jointly awarded by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematicians (SIAM) and the American Mathematical Society (AMS). This prize was awarded \"for an outstanding contribution to applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense.\" Sethian was honoured \"for his seminal work on the computer representation of the motion of curves, surfaces, interfaces, and wave fronts, and for his brilliant applications of mathematical and computational ideas to problems in science and engineering.\"
Sethian, J. A. and Shan, Ying (2008). Solving partial differential equations on irregular domains with moving interfaces, with applications to superconformal electrodeposition in semiconductor manufacturing. J. Comput. Phys. 227 No.13, 6411-6447.
Cameron, M. K. and Fomel, S. B. and Sethian, J. A. (2007). Seismic velocity estimation from time migration. Inverse Problems 23 No.4, 1329-1369.
Garzon, M. and Sethian, J. A. (2007). Wave breaking over sloping beaches using a coupled boundary integral-level set method. In Free boundary problems Internat. Ser. Numer. Math. 154 189-198 Birkhäuser Basel.
Yu, Jiun-Der and Sakai, Shinri and Sethian, J. A. (2007). Two-phase viscoelastic jetting. J. Comput. Phys. 220 No.2, 568-585.
Hogea, Cosmina S. and Murray, Bruce T. and Sethian, James A. (2006). Simulating complex tumor dynamics from avascular to vascular growth using a general level-set method. J. Math. Biol. 53 No.1, 86-134.