Susan Minkoff

Professor - Mathematical Sciences
Tags: scientific computing with primary emphasis to date on numerical modeling for geoscience problems seismic imaging and wave propagation scientific computing on numerical modeling geoscience problems reservoir simulation mechanical deformation modeling mathematics and numerical simulation to model the 'real-world'

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Computational and Applied Mathematics
Rice University - 1995
M.A. - Computational and Applied Mathematics
Rice University - 1993
B.S. - Mathematics and Computer Science
Duke University - 1986

Research Areas

Research Interests

I consider myself a very applied mathematician. My general research area is scientific computing with primary emphasis to date on numerical modeling for geoscience problems (seismic imaging and wave propagation, reservoir simulation, and mechanical deformation modeling). Mainly I enjoy using mathematics and numerical simulation to model the "real-world" as closely as possible given limitations in physics, mathematics, and computer science. These studies tend to be data driven. Scientific computing balances applied mathematics, engineering, and computer science, using tools from all three subject areas to address physical problems of interest to applications scientists. I have broad interests that include not only earth science, but (perhaps unfortunately) almost all physical,chemical, and biological problems that can benefit from the skills and insights of an applied mathematician.


T. Vdovina and S. Minkoff, 2008. "An a Priori Error Analysis of Operator Upscaling for the Acoustic Wave Equation", International Journal of Numerical Analysis and Modeling, vol. 5, no. 4, pp.543--569. 2008 - Publication
S. Minkoff and N. Kridler, 2006. "A Comparison of Adaptive Time Stepping Methods for Coupled Flow and Deformation Modeling", Applied Mathematical Modeling, vol. 30, no. 9, pp. 993-1009. [Also see: Science Direct ] 2006 - Publication
J. Zweck and S. Minkoff, 2006. "Modeling Compensation for Optical Fiber Communication Systems", SIAM Journal on Optimization, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 738-775. 2006 - Publication
R. Dean, X. Gai, C. Stone, and S. Minkoff, 2006. "A Comparison of Techniques for Coupling Porous Flow and Geomechanics", Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Journal, vol. 11, pp. 132-140. 2006 - Publication
O. Korostyshevskaya and S. Minkoff, 2006. "A Matrix Analysis of Operator-Based Upscaling for the Wave Equation", SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 586-612. 2006 - Publication
T. Vdovina, S. Minkoff, and O. Korostyshevskaya, 2005. "Operator Upscaling for the Acoustic Wave Equation", SIAM Journal on Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 1305-1338. 2005 - Publication
N. Kridler and S. Minkoff, 2004. "Numerical Simulation of Coupled Fluid Flow and Mechanical Deformation Models", UMBC Review, vol. 5, pp. 98-111. 2004 - Publication
S. Minkoff, C. Stone, S. Bryant, and M. Peszynska, 2004. "Coupled Geomechanics and Flow Simulation for Time-Lapse Seismic Modeling", Geophysics, vol. 69, pp. 200-211. 2004 - Publication
S. Minkoff, C. Stone, S. Bryant, M. Peszynska, and M. Wheeler, 2003. "Coupled Fluid Flow and Geomechanical Deformation Modeling", Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, vol. 38, pp. 37-56. 2003 - Publication
C. Stone, S. Minkoff, S. Webb, and S. Sobolik, 2003. "Two-Way Coupling of a Nonlinear Geomechanics Code with Several Porous Flow Simulators", Proceedings of the 2nd M.I.T. Conference on Computational Fluid and Solid Mechanics, (Cambridge, MA), Elsevier, pp. 1521-1523. 2003 - Publication

Additional Information

Honors and Awards
  • 2004 Honorable Mention for Best Paper: GeophysicsSUSAN E. MINKOFF CURRICULUM VITÆ 2
  • 1999 Outstanding Reviewer: Geophysics
  • 1996 The Robert Lowrey Patten Service Award, Rice University
  • 1993 The Graduate Student Association Service Award, Rice University
  • 1985 Phi Beta Kappa, Duke University

News Articles

Mathematician Helps Reveal Mysteries Beneath Earths Surface
The region below the surface of the Earth is a complicated place, with layers of rock, fluids and different types of soil that all behave in unique ways. So when energy companies need to drill through that subsurface to get to oil and gas deposits, they naturally rely on the expertise of geoscientists to help safely and efficiently navigate the underground terrain. But they also need mathematicians like Dr. Susan Minkoff. “My training is in mathematics, but I’m very interested in real-word problems in geosciences and other areas, such as optics,” said Minkoff, who recently joined the UT Dallas faculty as a professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Minkoff uses complex equations to create mathematical models that describe various types of physical phenomena, such as how seismic waves and fluids travel through the Earth. Her research has applications in the oil and gas industry, where an understanding of the layout and behavior of subsurface regions is critical.