Aaron Sheffield Donahue

Staff Scientist
Atmospheric, Earth, and Energy Division
Email: donahue5@llnl.gov
Phone: +19254232572


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame
  • M.Sc., Applied Mathematics, San Diego State University
  • B.S., Mathematics, Sonoma State University

Research Interests

  • Numerical modeling of complex physical processes
  • Design and implementation of numerical models to capture near shore water wave dynamics
  • Finite difference and finite elements methods for solving Partial Differential Equations
  • Applied Mathematics

Honors and Awards

  • Richard and Peggy Notebaert Premier Fellowship, University of Notre Dame, 2010-2016
  • Center for Research Computing Award for Computational Sciences and Visualization, University of Notre Dame, 2014
  • Kaneb Center for Teaching Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, University of Notre Dame, 2014
  • Dondanville Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Notre Dame, 2012
  • Graduation with Distinction, Sonoma State University, 2007

Selected Publications

A.S. Donahue, A.B. Kennedy, J.J. Westerink, Y. Zhang, C. Dawson, "Simulation of wave phenomena in the nearshore through application of O(μ2) and O(μ4) pressure-Poisson Boussinesq type models", Coastal Engineering, In Press (2016)

A.S. Donahue, Y. Zhang, A.B. Kennedy, J.J. Westerink, N. Panda, C. Dawson, "A Boussinesq-scaled, pressure—Poisson water wave model", Ocean Engineering, vol. 111, 299-309 (2015) P.C. Kerr, A.S. Donahue, J.J. Westerink, et al., "US-IOOS coastal and ocean modeling tested: Inter-model evaluation of tides, waves and hurricane surge in the Gulf of Mexico", Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, vol. 118(10), 5129-5172 (2013)

A.S. Donahue, S.S.P. Shen, "Stability of hydraulic fall and sub-critical cnoidal waves in water flows over a bump", Journal of Engineering Mathematics, vol. 68(2), 197-205 (2010)