Sum Chow
Teaching Curriculum Vitae

S.-Sum Chow

Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
Brigham Young University

Contact Information

E-mail  email
  Phone  +1 801 422 9088
  Fax     +1 801 422 0504
Dept of Mathematics 
308 TMCB 
Brigham Young University 
Provo, UT 84602



Teaching Teaching

Class Information

For general class information, please visit the math department's class information page.

(Fall 2005)

Math 334 Ordinary Differential Equation
Math 511 Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations

(Winter 2006)

Math 311 Introduction to Numerical Methods
Math 512 Numerical Linear Algebra



Research Research

Research Information

Areas of interest:

  •  Finite element methods: Theory, applications and implementation
  •  Flows in porous medium: Petroleum reservoir simulation and contaminant transport in groundwater
  •  Nonlinear partial differential equations: Diffusion with gradient nonlinearity and reaction-diffusion
  •  Superconvergence: Natural and postprocessed
  •  Parallel and distributed computing
Current Projects:
  • Divergence free finite elements based on Powell-Sabin-Heindl triangle elements
  • Numerical solutions of nonlocally diffusive and reactive equations

Service Service

  •  Calculus Committee 

Recent Conference Presentations/Papers

  • The 8th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics, Meshless method for reaction diffusion equations, in Meshless and Related Methods Minisymposium, Austin, Texas, July 2005.
  • Midwest Numerical Analysis Conference,  Approximation and modelling errors for a glaciology problem, S.-S. Chow, G.F. Carey, M. Anderson, Iowa City, University of Iowa, Iowa, May 2005.
  • Midwest Numerical Analysis Conference,  Equivalence of n-point Gauss-Chebyshev Rule and 4n-point Midpoint Rule in Computing the Period of a Lotka-Volterra System, S.-D. Shih, S.-S. Chow, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, May 2005.

  • MAA Section Meeting,  A Flower Sleeve Measurement Problem, S.-S. Chow, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, March 2005.
  • Maple Summer Workshop, Construction of Powell-Sabin-Heindl Divergence Free Basis Functions using Maple, S.-S.~CHOW,
    G.F.~Carey, Waterloo, Canada, July, 2004. 
  • Seminar talk, Errors in approximation and modelling for a glaciology problem, Xiangtan University,China, June 2004. (Invited talk)
  • Conference on Superconvergence in FEM,  A posteriori Bound for Powell-Sabin-Henidl Elements, S.-S.~CHOW, G.F.~Carey,
    Hunan, China, May 2004. (Invited talk)
  • The 7th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics, Large Scale Finite Element Simulation of a Class of Incompressible Non-Newtonian Fluids with Application to Convection Flows, W. Barth, G.F. Carey, S.-S. Chow, Albuquerque, New Mexico, July 2003.
  • International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics 2003, Numerical Solution of Generalized Newtonian Fluid Flows
    using Powell-Sabin-Heindl Elements, S.-S. Chow, G.F. Carey, Sydney, Australia, July 2003.
  • ICIAM 2003, Finite Element Simulation of a Class of Non-Newtonian Fluids with Applications to Industrial Fluids and Blood Flow, W.Barth,
    G.F. Carey, S.-S. Chow, Sydney, Australia, July 2003.
  • Finite Elements in Fluids 2003, Simulation of Coupled Flow and Transport, G.F.Carey, W.Barth, S.-S. Chow, B.Kirk, J.Woods
    and M.Anderson, Nagoya City, Japan, April 2003. (Carey's invited talk.)
  • SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences, Finite Element Solutions of a Glaciology Problem, S.-S.CHOW, G.F.Carey, Austin, Texas, March 2003 (Invited Talk.)


Education and Professional Experiences

Curriculum Vitae and List of Publications
University of Canterbury B.Sc.(Hons), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 1980
Australian National University Ph.D., Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia,1983


Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin,  Austin, Texas, 1983-85
Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming,  Laramie, Wyoming, 1985-90
Senior Lecturer, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 1990-92
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, Colorado, 1993-94
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas, 1994-95
System Analyst, S.O.S. Computer Inc. (now SOSytems,) Orem, Utah, 1995-97
Associate Professor, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, Jan. 1998-present.


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This page was last updated on 08/25/2005.