Joan Remski's Page


Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

4901 Evergreen Rd. Dearborn MI 48128




My research is in the area of numerical solutions to partial differential equations (PDEs). Recently, I have focused on adaptive numerical techniques for solving PDEs called moving mesh methods and their application to problems in materials science. These methods can be coupled with most numerical discretizations, but my work focuses mainly on finite difference and spectral methods. The idea behind moving mesh is to let the grid evolve in a non-uniform way along with the solution to the physical problem in order to better capture the physical behavior. For a list of recent publications, see my c.v.





I enjoy teaching a wide variety of courses including Calculus, Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Numerical Analysis, Wavelets, Dynamical Systems, and even programming courses in python. Because computing skills are essential for students today, I frequently use open source software, like sage, in my classes. I am also interested in innovative ways to support the education of STEM majors.


Professional and University Service:


I am a member of SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) and secretary for the local SIAM Great Lakes Section.  At the university, I serve as Program Director for the M.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics and am a member of the Department Executive Committee.


Personal Interests:


Swimming, reading, gardening, and hanging out with my teenagers (when they let me).