Sumedh Joshi

Ph. D. Student

Center for Applied Mathematics

Cornell University 

657 Rhodes Hall

Ithaca, NY


Office: 657 Rhodes / 113 Hollister

I'm a Ph. D. student at the Center for Applied Mathematics at Cornell University.  

In general, my research interests could be defined as computational physics, with applications in fluid dynamics.  In particular, I'm currently working to develop a computational model of internal waves in the shallow ocean, with the aim of better understanding the complex physics in these waves as they shoal (approach the shoreline).   

Like surface waves, internal waves exhibit complicated behavior as they near the shore.  Unlike surface waves, their amplitudes can regularly exceed the water depth, and so many analytic theories that explain internal wave behavior fail here.  With my adviser, Peter Diamessis, I'm working to model these shoaling waves with high-fidelity computational methods -- namely the spectral element method.   

While obtaining my masters degree from The University of Texas at Austin, I worked in ocean acoustics studying the problem of acoustic rough surface scattering with 3D finite elements. 

Soap Box:

I started out a mechanical engineer, but I've since come over to the side of applied mathematics.  Having made this switch, I notice and lament the disconnect between theoretical results in mathematics and their application.  Mathematics and engineering, as sciences, have developed different languages and approaches with the result that occasionally communication between the two is hindered.  I hope as an applied mathematician to work towards closing this gap.  

/Soap Box

Curriculum Vita (pdf)


Ph.d. Applied Mathematics, Cornell University (2011-present)

M.S. Mechanical Engineering (acoustics), The University of Texas (2009-2011)


B.S. Mathematics (Pure), The University of Texas (2009)

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas (2008) 

Things I've Written (mostly about college football statistics)

(infographic) Comparing the top defenses in the 2012 season. 

Comparing the top defenses in the 2011 season. 

2011 Texas Offensive Summary. 

2011 Texas Defensive Summary. 

Texas Offense 2011 vs. 2010. 

My interests can be divided basically into football and science.  Most of these links below are things I've bookmarked, read, and enjoyed in the past.  


Why you shouldn't dismiss college football recruiting rankings. 

Monopsony (many sellers one buyer) in college athletics. 

My favorite FireJoeMorgan article, naturally, about Superbike Racing. 

Peyton Manning is a genius. (and David Carr… isn't). 

Texas Athletics: How one program runs the business.  

Eating the Dinosaur. (excerpt from a Chuck Klosterman book on the history of football). 


A graduate school survival guide. 

A Collection of Software Bugs (this is more interesting than it sounds). 

In Math You Have to Remember, In Other Subjects You Can Think About It (from the MAA)

Phil Plaitt's Bad Movie Physics Reviews. 

Women in science. 

Up for the count! 

How I sped up my linux server by a factor of 6 (YMMV).

Gravity Well! (a particle gravity simulator). 

Mathematics videos. 

Probably the coolest visualization of the Mandlebrot set I've seen. 

Animations of many internal combustion engines.

Using matlab to solve ODES. 

How making decisions tires your brain. 

Other stuff

The Economist on Texas' economy.