Susan E. Minkoff

Sue Minkoff
[Sue Minkoff's Photo]

Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences
Affiliated Professor, Geosciences Department
Affiliated Professor, Science/Mathematics Education Department



Contact Information:
University of Texas at Dallas
Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, FO 35
800 West Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080-3021
Office: FO 2.402B
Phone: (972) 883-6695
Fax: (972) 883-6622

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sminkoff@utdallas.edu

Ph.D. Rice University, Computational and Applied Mathematics, 1995
B.S. Duke University, Mathematics and Computer Science, 1986

Teaching, Spring 2014

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 1:30-2:30 pm or by appointment

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.

[SPIE Photo]

SPIE Newsroom Video of me discussing the MIRTHE ROTADE modeling project

Current Projects:

Past Projects:



SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences
Long Beach, CA
March 21-24, 2011
SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences
Leipzig, Germany
June 15-18, 2009
SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences
Santa Fe, New Mexico
March 19-22, 2007

Selected Publications

[Please note that for portability, I have converted as many papers as possible to pdf format. Older papers may appear fuzzy when viewed on your screen. They print cleanly, however.]


1) B. Brennan, R. C. Kirby, J. Zweck, and S. E. Minkoff, 2013. "High-performance Python-Based Simulations of Pressure and Temperature Waves in a Trace Gas Sensor," PyHPC 2013: Python for High Performance and Scientific Computing, accepted.

2) D. W. Vasco and S. E. Minkoff, 2012. "On the Propagation of a Disturbance in a Heterogeneous, Deformable, Porous Medium Saturated with Two Fluid Phases", Geophysics , vol. 77, no. 3, pp. L25-L44.

3) N. Petra, J. Zweck, S. E. Minkoff, A. A. Kosterev, and J. H. Doty, III, 2011. "Validation of a Model of a Resonant Optothermoacoustic Trace Gas Sensor," Proceedings of the CLEO/QELS: 2011 Laser Science to Photonic Applications Conference, #JTuI115.

4) N. Petra, J. Zweck, S. E. Minkoff, A. A. Kosterev, and J. H. Doty III, 2011. "Modeling and Design Optimization of a Resonant Optothermoacoustic Trace Gas Sensor Sensor", SIAM J. on Applied Mathematics, vol. 71, no. 1, pp. 309-332.

5) N. Petra, A. A. Kosterev, J. Zweck, S. E. Minkoff, and J. H. Doty III, 2010. "Numerical and Experimental Investigation for a Resonant Optothermoacoustic Sensor", Proceedings of the CLEO/QELS: 2010 Laser Science to Photonic Applications Conference (San Jose, CA), May 16-21, 2010.

6) T. Vdovina, S. Minkoff, and S. Griffith, 2009. "A Two-Scale Solution Algorithm for the Elastic Wave Equation", SIAM J. Scientific Computing, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 3356-3386.

7) D. W. Vasco and S. E. Minkoff, 2009. "Modeling Flow in a Pressure-Sensitive, Heterogeneous Medium", Geophysical Journal International, vol. 179, pp. 972-989:DOI:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2009.04330.x. (Available upon request. The definitive version is available at Blackwell Publishing. )

8) N. Petra, J. Zweck, A. Kosterev, S. Minkoff, and D. Thomazy, 2009. "Theoretical Analysis of a Quartz-Enhanced Photoacoustic Spectroscopy Sensor", Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics, vol. 94, no. 4, pp. 673-680:DOI:10.1007/s00340-009-3379-1.

9) K. Chang, S. Minkoff, and S. Bryant, 2008. "Simplified Model for CO2 Leakage and its Attenuation due to Geological Structures", 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (Washington, DC), Energy Procedia Elsevier.

10) K. Chang, S. Minkoff, and S. Bryant, 2008. "Modeling Leakage through Faults of CO2 Stored in an Aquifer", 2008 Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, (Denver, CO), SPE 115929.

11) 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.

12) J. Zweck and S. Minkoff, 2006. "Modeling Compensation for Optical Fiber Communication Systems", SIAM Journal on Optimization, vol. 17, no. 3, pp. 738-775.

13) 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.

14) 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 ]

15) 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.

16) 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.

17) N. Kridler and S. Minkoff, 2004. "Numerical Simulation of Coupled Fluid Flow and Mechanical Deformation Models", UMBC Review, vol. 5, pp. 98-111.

18) 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.

19) 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.

20) 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.

21) J. Zweck, S. Minkoff, A. Lima, I. Lima, and C. Menyuk, 2003. "A Comparative Study of Feedback Controller Sensitivity to All Orders of PMD for a Fixed DGD Compensator", 2003 Optical Society of America, Optical Fiber Communications Meeting, (Atlanta, GA), pp. 590-591.

22) S. E. Minkoff, 2002. "Spatial Parallelism of a 3D Finite Difference, Velocity-Stress Elastic Wave Propagation Code", SIAM J. Scientific Computing, vol. 24, pp. 1-19.

23) S. Minkoff, C. Stone, J. Arguello, S. Bryant, J. Eaton, M. Peszynska, and M. Wheeler, 1999. "Coupled Geomechanics and Flow Simulation for Time-Lapse Seismic Modeling", Proceedings of the 69th Annual International Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, (Houston, TX.), pp. 1667-1670.

24) S. Minkoff, C. Stone, J. Arguello, S. Bryant, J. Eaton, M. Peszynska, and M. Wheeler, 1999. "Staggered In Time Coupling of Reservoir Flow Simulation and Geomechanical Deformation: Step 1 --- One-Way Coupling", Proceedings of the 1999 Society of Petroleum Engineers' Reservoir Simulation Symposium, (Houston, TX.), pp. 329-330.

25) S. Minkoff, W. Symes, S. Bryant, J. Eaton, and M. Wheeler, 1998. "Reservoir Characterization via Time-Lapse Prestack Seismic Inversion", Proceedings of the 68th Annual International Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, (New Orleans, LA.), pp. 44-47.

26) C. Ober, R. Gjertsen, S. Minkoff, and D. Womble, 1998. "3D Finite-Difference Seismic Migration with Parallel Computers", in Mathematical and Numerical Aspects of Wave Propagation: SIAM, J. DeSanto, Ed., pp. 381-385.

27) T. Arbogast, S. Minkoff, and P. Keenan, 1998. "An Operator-Based Approach to Upscaling the Pressure Equation", in Computational Methods in Water Resources XII: Computational Mechanics Publications, V. Burganos, G. Karatzas, A. Payatakes, C. Brebbia, W. Gray, and G. Pinder, Eds., pp. 405-412.

28) T. Arbogast, S. Minkoff, and P. Keenan, 1997. "An Operator-Based Approach to Upscaling the Pressure Equation", Tech Report 97-30, Texas Institute for Computational and Applied Math, University of Texas.

29) S. E. Minkoff and W. W. Symes, 1997. "Full Waveform Inversion of Marine Reflection Data in the Plane-Wave Domain", Geophysics, vol. 62, pp. 540-553.

30) S. E. Minkoff, 1996. "A Computationally Feasible Approximate Resolution Matrix for Seismic Inverse Problems", Geophysical Journal International, vol. 126, pp. 345-359.

31) S. E. Minkoff and W. W. Symes, 1995. "Estimating the Energy Source and Reflectivity by Seismic Inversion", Inverse Problems, vol. 11, pp. 383-395.

32) S. E. Minkoff and W. W. Symes, 1994. "Estimating the Energy Source and Reflectivity by Seismic Inversion", in Mathematical Methods in Geophysical Imaging II: Proc. SPIE 2301, Siamak Hassanzadeh, Ed., pp. 43-56.

33) S. E. Minkoff, 1994. "Implementation of the Conjugate Gradient Algorithm in DSO", Tech Report 94-31, Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University.

34) S. E. Minkoff and W. W. Symes, 1994. "Viscoelastic Modeling and Inversion of a Marine Data Set", Proceedings of the 64th Annual International Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, (Los Angeles, CA.), pp. 1016-1019.

35) S. E. Minkoff and W. W. Symes, 1993. "Simultaneous Determination of the Source-Time Function and Reflectivity via Inversion", Proceedings of the 63rd Annual International Meeting of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, (Washington, D.C.), pp. 649-652.