Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Van Emden Henson

Phone: 925-423-4283

Van Emden Henson is a computational mathematician in the Center for Applied Scientific Computing, where he has specialized in multigrid, algebraic multigrid, and massively-parallel high-performance computing for the past 17 years.  Over the past four years, Van has turned his attention to devising highly accurate fast linear algebraic methods for problems in cybersecurity and in data mining for intelligence. Specifically, he is researching effective and efficient determination of the eigenvalues and eigenvectors, as well as information-revealing factorizations, of extremely large, sparse matrices associated with massive power-law graphs that model computer, communications, and social networks.

Prior to joining the Center for Applied Scientific Computing staff, Van was a professor in the mathematics department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, and he spent a decade before that as an exploration geophysicist (seismologist) for Cities Service Oil & Gas (later Occidental Petroleum).

Outside the office, Van's main passion is flying gliders, which he does at the Byron and Truckee airports with the Northern California Soaring Association and at Air Sailing, outside Reno, with the Nevada Soaring Association.