| Jean-Yves Parlange, Ph.D.
Profile and CV
| 228 Riley Robb
| Environmental engineering and applications of nonlinear mathematics to water and solute
movement in porous media, surface and subsurface hydrology, watershed modeling, sediment
transport and erosion
After earning his doctorate, Parlange stayed on at Brown University for a year as a research associate. He then served two years in the French air force before becoming a member of the Yale University faculty in 1964. In 1968 Parlange became interested in agricultural problems while working at a Connecticut experimental station as a research scientist. In 1977 he joined the faculty of the University of Washington as a professor in the College of Forest Resources, and in 1978 he was appointed as a professor of applied mathematics at Griffith University, in Brisbane, Australia. He came to Cornell in 1985.
"Our research centers on the application of mathematics to agricultural and environmental problems. Our aim is to provide analytical descriptions of complex problems that are reasonably accurate and can be used for practical management purposes. The models are validated by comparison with numerical simulations as well as laboratory and field experiments. Most of our work is carried out in close collaboration with other scientists in many disciplines. These researchers are at Cornell, at other universities around the world, and at Agricultural Research Service laboratories of the U.S. Department of Agriculture."
Current Research Projects
- Water Movement in Porous Media
- Solute Transport in Soils
- Surface and Subsurface Hydrology
- Erosion and Sediment Transport
- Similarity Solutions of the Nonlinear Diffusion Equation