Juan M. Restrepo,  Distinguished Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Adjunct Professor, Oregon State University

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Distinguished Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Fellow American Physical Society
Fellow Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, University of Tennessee
Co-Director, Dynamics and Data Science Institute ( D2SI).
Training: theoretical physics (mathematics), electrical engineering, engineering acoustics, scientific computing. Grants: over $30M from NSF, DOE, NASA, GoMRI. Post-doctoral Training: U. Chicago/Argonne, and UCLA. Awards: 2019 American Physical Society Fellow, 2018 Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Fellow, 2017 SIAM Geoscience Career Prize, ORISE Distinguished Post-doctoral Fellow, DOE Young Investigator Award. Consulting/visiting appointments at: Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, Aspen Institute of Theoretical Physics, Los Alamos, Argonne, NERSC/Norway, ICES/Texas, Rossby/Stockholm, SAMSI, IMA, MSRI, Maths Science Institute Warwick, Mathematical Sciences Institute, Oxford, Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Journal Editorial Board: "Nonlinear Geophysics," European Geophysical Union, "Dynamics and Statistics of the Climate System," (Oxford).
Big Data and Information Analytics, AIMS Publications,
Officer in Professional Societies:
President 2019-2021, Nonlinear Geophysics Section, (American Geophysical Union),
Chair, 2010-2014, Focus Group on Climate (American Physical Society), Vice-Chair (2015-2016) SIAM Geosciences. Government Lab Experience: ANL, LANL. Industrial Experience: Financial and Engineering Consulting, and Owner and Chief Engineer, AEP Acoustics, LLC.


PhD Physics, Penn State, 1992
MS, Engineering, Penn State, 1987
BS, Music, New York University, 1983


Research Field: 
Research at the Intersection of Data and Dynamics (in climate science and oceanography). Machine Learning and Extreme Computing, Development of the Quantum Internet.
Research Description: 

Please note that I am now a scientist at Oak Ridge and thus will not be able to supervise and Oregon State graduate students.

Applied and computational mathematics, in two distinct research tracts: (1) the application of statistical physics ideas, data sciences, and dynamics on probability distributions, to the understanding complex non-equilibrium physical and human systems and to the development of forecasting tools for these systems; (2) the role of ocean and ocean transport in climate dynamics and in nearshore processes. Example research problems in tract 1: resilience and uncertainty quantification in natural and human complex systems, using data and physical models. Adaptive time series methods for climate and financial data. Extreme/rare events. Dimension and uncertainty reduction in complex systems. Example research problems in tract 2: oil spill dynamics, wave breaking dynamics, wave-generated transport, the role of oceans in global climate. Sediment dynamics. Outside of these tracts he has also done research on wavelets, bone dynamics, blood cell dynamics, public choice and elections, solitary waves, high performance computing.