Samuel Walsh

Samuel Walsh
Assistant Professor
Samuel Walsh
307 Mathematical Sciences Building
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Samuel Walsh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Missouri. He received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 2010, under the direction of Walter Strauss. Prior to coming to MU, he held the postdoctoral position of Courant Instructor at New York University.

  • 2010  Ph.D.,  in Applied Mathematics,  Brown University
  • 2005  B.S.,   in Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
Frequently Taught Courses: 
  • MATH 4100. Differential Equations
  • MATH 8445. Partial Differential Equations I
Research Interests: 

Professor Walsh's research is in the area of nonlinear partial differential equations, particularly those pertaining to water waves. A large part of these efforts have been devoted to investigations of steady waves with vorticity: proving their existence in various regimes, diagnosing their stability properties, and determining their qualitative features. The overarching goal of this program is to take deep ideas from PDEs, analysis, and dynamical systems, and bring them to bear on physically important problems in fluid mechanics. For example, recent projects address: the wind-driven generation of ocean waves, traveling waves with compactly supported vorticity, and the reconstruction of waves with density stratification from deep sea pressure measurements.

Walsh is also interested in the broader topic of dispersive nonlinear PDEs. A dispersive PDE is one for which a solution that is localized in frequency will tend to propagate in space with a speed and direction determined by that frequency. Water waves are one example of this phenomenon, but it is found in many physical settings, e.g., quantum mechanics and nonlinear optics.

Select Publications: 

Steady stratified periodic gravity waves with surface tension II: Global bifurcation, Discrete Cont. Dyn. Syst. Ser. A, no. 8 (2014), pp. 3241--3285

Steady stratified periodic gravity waves with surface tension I: Local bifurcation, Discrete Cont. Dyn. Syst. Ser. A, no. 8 (2014), pp. 3287--3315

Travelling water waves with compactly supported vorticity (with J. Shatah and C. Zeng), Nonlinearity, 26 (2013), pp. 1529--1564

Steady water waves in the presence of wind (with O. Bühler and J. Shatah), SIAM J. Math. Anal. 45 (2013), pp.2182--2227

Stratified steady periodic water waves, SIAM J. Math. Anal., 41 (2009), pp. 1054—1105

Some criteria for the symmetry of stratified water waves, Wave Motion, 46 (2009), pp. 350--362