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- BE (Engineering Science) 1st class Honors, University of Auckland
- ME (Engineering Science) Distinction, University of Auckland
- D. Phil (Physics), University of Oxford
Simon Tavener received B.E. and M.E. degrees in Engineering Science at the University of Auckland before completing a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford. He spent a year as a postdoc at the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications at the University of Minnesota and then 13 years in the Mathematics Department at Penn State. Simon joined CSU in 2000 and served for eight years as the Chair of Mathematics. Tavener’s current research interests are largely focused on numerical techniques for the accurate computation of multiscale, multiphysics problems, most recently including issues arising due to the presence of uncertainty. Simon has recently enjoyed two visiting fellowships at the Oxford Center for Collaborative Applied Mathematics.