Linda Petzold

petzold [at] engineering [dot] ucsb [dot] edu
(805) 893-5362
BioEngineering Building, Office 3106
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-5100


The research of Professor Petzold focuses on modeling, analysis, simulation and software for multiscale systems in biology and materials. Current application areas include systems biology of circadian rhythm and cell polarization, translational medicine for coagulopathy and post-traumatic stress disorder, ecology, social networks and materials at the molecular scale. The group is building an integrated development environment for multiscale, discrete stochastic simulation and analysis of simulation data that scales from desktop to cloud computing. The main commonalities in the work are development of multiscale computational methodology including both discrete stochastic simulation and differential equations, and the study of dynamics on networks.

Professor Petzold is a faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Computer Science, and an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Mathematics. She is the Director of the Computational Science and Engineering Graduate Emphasis. She leads the CSE lab. She is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of ACM, ASME, SIAM and AAAS. She was named the UCSB Faculty Research Lecturer for 2011, and was awarded the SIAM/ACM Prize for Computational Science and Engineering in 2013.