Tri Van, Group Leader, Computational Physical Sciences

What do you like about your job at ARA-BerrieHill? 

“To work on or think about computational mathematics of the day and to be a part of a self-driven, intelligent, competent, and dedicated group of helpful, respectful, and good people.”


Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Florida

M.S. Mathematics, State University of New York – Stony Brook

B.A. Mathematics, New College of Florida


Tri has knowledge and experience in a wide range of analytical and numerical methods, working with engineers and scientists to solve challenging real-world problems.  At BerrieHill Research Division of ARA, he has been involved directly with research and code development to perform large scale computations on high performance supercomputers at the Department of Defense Supercomputing Resource Center (DSRC), analyzing the installed performance of antennas on Air Force system platforms. 

He has been leading the long-standing project on computational electromagnetics (CEM) research and development for Northrop Grumman since 2008 to present.  His computational team was twice awarded the prestigious Northrop Grumman’s World Class Team Supplier Awards in 2011 and 2015 for outstanding performance and service in advancing Northrop Grumman’s computational and modeling capabilities.  He is also the principal investigator of the 5-year Computational Research and Engineering Acquisition Tools and Environments (CREATE) RF project for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), testing and improving the performance of the state-of-the-art CEM SENTRi code as a computational engineering design tool for acquisition programs.

As a Senior Research Scientist at ATK Mission Research Technology and Services from November 2001 to March 2007, he supported the CEM group at the Air Force Research Laboratory RYS facility, performing research in accurate and fast methods for solving large electromagnetic scattering problems using high performance computers.  In this role, he led the antenna design and computational modeling efforts for the Electromagnetics Code Consortium (EMCC) Antenna Benchmarks project, participated with NASA in the space shuttle Columbia accident investigation, the Discovery return-to-flight mission (STS-114), the Atlantis mission to the International Space Station (STS-115), and was the technical lead in the computational electromagnetics analysis of the Air Force Research Laboratory windmill project.  Tri has co-authored and published numerous papers and has delivered a number of invited talks on a wide variety of scientific and engineering topics.

He is a member of the Industrial Advisory Board for Michigan Center for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (MCIAM).

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