Matteo Parsani

Assistant Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computational Science

Research Interests

Professor Matteo Parsani’s research interests are related to the design and implementation of novel, robust, and scalable numerical methods on unstructured grids for hyperbolic and mixed hyperbolic/parabolic partial differential equations, as well as their application to solve realistic flow problems in various areas of natural science and engineering. To this end, he combines numerical analysis, physics, and high performance computing to develop robust spatial and temporal discretizations with better mathematical and numerical properties that account for the physical phenomena being modeled and the modern computing architectures. Application domains that are currently driving his research are computational aero and gas dynamics, dense gas flows simulations, and computational aeroacoustics.

Selected Publications

  • Characterization of pressure fluctuations within a controlled-diffusion blade boundary layer using the equilibrium wall-modelled LES. Boukharfane, R., Parsani, M., Bodart, J., Scientific Reports 10 (1), 1-19, 2020.
  • Fully discrete explicit locally entropy-stable schemes for the compressible Euler and Navier–Stokes equations. Ranocha, H., Dalcin, L., & Parsani, M. Computers & Mathematics with Applications, 80(5), 1343-1359, (2020)
  • Conservative and entropy stable solid wall boundary conditions for the compressible Navier–Stokes equations: Adiabatic wall and heat entropy transfer. Dalcin, L., Rojas, D. B., Zampini, S., Del Rey Fernández, D. C., Carpenter, M. H., & Parsani, M. Journal of Computational Physics, 397, 108775 (2019)
  • Positivity-preserving CE/SE schemes for solving the compressible Euler and Navier–Stokes equations on hybrid unstructured meshes. Shen, H., & Parsani, M., Computer Physics Communications, 232, 165-176 (2018)
  • An energy-stable generalized-α method for the Swift–Hohenberg equation. Sarmiento,A. F., Espath, L. F. R., Vignal, P., Dalcin, L., Parsani, M., Calo, V. M. Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, 344, 836–851, (2018)
  • The role of multidimensional instabilities in direct initiation of gaseous detonations in free space. Shen, H., & Parsani, M.  Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 813, (2017)
  • Entropy Stable Staggered Grid Discontinuous Spectral Collocation Methods of any Order for the Compressible Navier--Stokes Equations. Parsani, M., Carpenter, M. H., Fisher, T. C., & Nielsen, E. J. SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, 38(5), A3129-A3162 (2016)


  • ​​​​​​​NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC), Hampton, Virginia, US, 2013-2015
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, 2011-2012
  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, November 2010
  • M.Sc. Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, December 2006

Professional Profile

  • 2015-Present: Associate Professor, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

  • Extreme Computing Center
  • Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division (CEMSE)
  • Applied Mathematics and Computational Science Program