Personal Homepage: RONY KEPPENS
Since 1-1-2006, I (re)joined the Centre for mathematical Plasma Astrophysics at the Mathematics Department of the KU Leuven as `hoogleraar'. I was, during 15 years, affiliated with the FOM Institute Rijnhuizen (currently named DIFFER), where I started as postdoc in 1996, to eventually become Scientific Project Leader of the Numerical Plasma Dynamics activity from 1-1-2001 till end 2005. From July 1st 2005 till June 30 2010, I was affiliated with the Astronomical Institute of Utrecht University (which was after 370 years of history closed end 2011), as `bijzonder hoogleraar in de Theoretische Plasmafysica'. Till 2006-2007, I was teaching a course `Magnetohydrodynamics of Astrophysical Plasmas' in the Master programme of astrophysics at Utrecht, continuing this theoretically oriented course in the tradition of Prof. Emeritus Hans Goedbloed. I have held an Astronome position at Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, and am Concurrent Professor at Nanjing University, PR China (2013-2016).
Currently at KU Leuven, I teach the `Linear algebra' Bachelor course (1st Ba Bio-Engineer), as well as `Calculus' in the 1st Ba Math-Physics with Prof. Stefaan Poedts. I offer a Master course `Computational Methods for Astrophysical Applications', together with colleague Leen Decin, to either Applied Mathematics Master students or Master in Astronomy students. My research centers on both computational and analytical magnetofluid-dynamics, with an eye towards astrophysically relevant applications (stellar winds, astrophysical jets, accretion disk dynamics).
Research Keywords: MHD spectroscopy, (parallel) CMFD simulations, computational MHD, transonic MHD, relativistic (M)HD computations, Numerical algorithms, Adaptive Mesh Refinement
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