Rivière named Association for Women in Mathematics fellow

Professor recognized for research, mentorship of women, and service

Rice Unversity mathematician Béatrice Rivière

By Patrick Kurp
Special to the Rice News

Rice’s Béatrice Rivière has been named a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Rivière, a professor of Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM), was recognized for her “contributions to numerical analysis, scientific computing and modeling of porous media; for her exemplary mentorship and supervision of women in applied and computational mathematics; and for her distinguished record of service and outreach.”

Rice Unversity mathematician Béatrice Rivière
Béatrice Rivière

Rivière and 12 other members of the association’s 2022 class of fellows will be formally recognized at the association’s annual reception and awards presentation Jan. 7.

Rivière earned her Ph.D. in computational and applied mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. Before joining the Rice faculty in 2008, she served as an associate professor of mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh. She was promoted to full professor at Rice in 2013 and served as CAAM chair from 2015 to 2018.

She has published more than 120 scholarly articles on numerical analysis and scientific computation. Her book on the theory and implementation of discontinuous Galerkin methods is highly cited and her research group is funded by the National Science Foundation, the oil and gas industry and the Gulf Coast Consortia for the Quantitative Biomedical Sciences.

Rivière has worked in the development and analysis of numerical methods applied to problems in porous media and in fluid mechanics. Her research focuses on development of high-order methods in time and in space for multiphase multicomponent flows in rigid and deformable media, the modeling of pore scale flows for immiscible and partially miscible components, the numerical modeling of oxygen transport in a network of blood vessels, the analysis of neural networks for image segmentation and the design of iterative solvers.

Earlier this year, Rivière was named a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the world's largest professional association devoted to applied mathematics. Riviere is an associate editor of the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing and of Results in Applied Mathematics. She also is a member of the editorial board for Advances in Water Resources, president of the SIAM Texas-Louisiana Section and former chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Geosciences.

Rivière is the director of the Computational Modeling of Porous Media research group, which develops innovative numerical algorithms for applications including energy, biomedicine and the environment.

– Patrick Kurp is a science writer in Rice's George R. Brown School of Engineering.