What lies beneath the surface?

A guide to the Boundary Element Method and Green's functions for the students and professionals: history, ideas, and applications

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have been identified by many agencies as key areas in research innovations that will help the US maintain its leadership in the 21st century. The Boundary Element Method (BEM) is a numerical method whose applications cover nearly all the STEM fields. This website is designed to serve both as a guide for the students who want to learn about the simple, yet powerful, mathematical concepts of the method and as a resource for the professionals who are already working in the area of BEM. The website is an outcome of the National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored workshop: Bridging Education and Industrial Applications held on the University of Minnesota campus (Minneapolis, Minnesota) from April 23 to April 26, 2012.

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Created by


Sonia Mogilevskaya
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering


Steven Crouch
College of Science and Engineering


Dmitry Nikolskiy
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering