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Osman Yasar


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Osman Yasar (pronounced Yashar) holds 3 master's (physics, nuclear engineering, computer sciences), and a Ph.D. degree (engineering physics) from University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is professor and chair of the computational science (CPS) department at State University of New York (SUNY) College at Brockport. He established the first undergradute program in computational science in the United States. He is founding director of Computational Math, Science, and Technology (CMST) Institute which promotes an integrated approach to math and science education in SUNY colleges and local school districts. Dr. Yasar chairs SUNY Senate 'Graduate Education and Research Policy Committee' which serves the largest university system (more than 410,000 students) in the world. He is a Senate Liasion to Research Foundation of SUNY (with more than $800 Million annual research awards). Dr. Yasar is an international expert in supercomputing applications in science and engineering. He is well known in his homecountry (Turkey), where he was ranked among Top 30 National Icons in 2005. He is a founding member of world's first stand-alone doctoral program in computational science and engineering (at Istanbul Technical University). He worked closely with industry, including General Motors, Cummins Engine, Chrysler, Intel, and Lockheed Martin. He developed computer ignition models for GM to aid design of new spark plugs. He served as President of Intel Supercomputer Users Group. Prior to his SUNY experience, he was a staff scientist at the Center for Computational Sciences (1994-1998) and served briefly as director of Computational Center for Industrial Innovation (1998) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Prior to his ORNL experience, he helped establish a parallel computing laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990 and served as a research scientist and lab director until 1994. Dr. Yasar worked closely with the Wisconsin Engine Research Center. He taught Applied Math and Physics at both Inonu University and Hacettepe University in Turkey prior coming to the USA. His area of interest is computational fluid and particle dynamics, engine combustion modeling, parallel computing, plasma and radiation hydrodynamics, and adaptive mesh refinement.

Dr. Yasar served as Publication Manager, Conference Chair, Vice-Chair, and General Chairman of the Intel Supercomputer Users' Group (ISUG) in the past, and currently is the Advisory Chair of ISUG. He served as the Chairman of the High Performance Computing Users (HPCU) Group/Society, a Guest Editor to J. Computers and Mathematics, and an organizer of the High Performance Computing Simulation conference. He is a member of Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), Society of Computer Simulation (SCS), and American Physics Society. 


Supercomputing, Computational Fluid and Particle Dynamics, Engine combustion modeling, Parallel Computing, Plasma and Radiation Hydrodynamics 


Dr. Yasar has more than 70 publications, edited 4 special issues, and developed more than 12 industrial codes, including modules for the internationally used KIVA-3 engine combustion code.

His recent publications include:
1. H. Dag, G. Soykan, S. Piskin, and O. Yasar, "Computational Science and Engineering Education at stanbul Technical University," IEEE Comp. Science and Eng., Vol. 6 (2004), No. 6.

2. O. Yasar, "CMST Pedagogical Approach to Math and Science Education," Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3045 (2004), pp. 807-816.

3. H. Dag, G. Soykan, S. Piskin, and O. Yasar, "Computational Science and Engineering Education: Faculty and Student Perspectives," Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 3045 (2004), pp. 795-806.

4. O. Yasar and Rubin Landau, "Elements of Computational Science and Engineering Education," SIAM Review, Vol. 45 (4), pp 787-805 (2003).

5. O. Yasar, "Plasma Modeling of Ignition for Combustion Simulations," in Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 2073 (2001), pp. 1147-1155.

6. O. Yasar, "Computational Science Education: Standards, Learning Outcomes and Assessment," Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 2073 (2001), pp. 1159-1169.

7. O. Yasar, "Computational Modeling of Laser Induced Spark Ignition in Combustible Gases," in High Performance Computing, Editor: A. Tentner, (2001), pp. 9-14.

8. O. Yasar, "A New Ignition Model for Spark-Ignited Engine Simulations," Parallel Computing, 27 (1), 179 (2001)