Center for Computing Research (CCR)

Center for Computing Research

Allen C. Robinson

Allen C. Robinson
Computational Multiphysics
Phone: 505/844-6614
Fax: 505/844-2623

Mailing address:
Sandia National Laboratories
P.O. Box 5800, MS 1323
Albuquerque, NM

Dr. Allen C. Robinson is a distinguished member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories.  Since starting work at Sandia in 1983 his interests have included shaped charge modeling and subsonic jet flow, Rayleigh-Taylor instability in solids and parallel computing for shock physics modeling.  He has made major contributions to the development of algorithms associated with ALEGRA, an arbitrary Lagrangian-Eulerian multi-physics simulation code, in particular relative to electromechanical and magnetohydrodynamic modeling.  Current interests include the characterization and propagation of uncertainty in multi-scale predictive modeling, structure preserving discretizations and next generation multiphysics modeling algorithms and software implementations.



1984, PhD, Applied Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.    Thesis: Existence and Stability of Vortices and Vortex Arrays'  

  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Fellowship, Caltech,1981-83;
  • Earle C. Anthony Graduate Fellowship, Caltech, 1979-80;


1979, BS, Mathematics, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

  •  Orson Pratt Award for top graduating senior in mathematics,  1979;
  • Graduated Cum Laude with Highest Honors in Honors Program, 1979;



Selected Publications & Presentations

  • Ketcheson, David I., Allen C. Robinson, "On the practical importance of the SSP property for Runge-Kutta time integrators for some common Godunov-type schemes," Journal Article, Int. J. Numer. Meth. Fluids, Accepted/Published May 2005.
  • Bochev, Pavel B., Christopher J. Garasi, Jonathan J. Hu, Allen C. Robinson, Raymond S. Tuminaro, "An Improved Algebraic Multigrid Method for Solving Maxwell's Equations," Journal Article, SIAM J. Sci. Comp, Accepted/Published April 2003.
  • Lemke, Raymond W., Marcus D. Knudson, Allen C. Robinson, Thomas A. Haill, Kenneth W. Struve, James R. Asay, Thomas A. Mehlhorn, "Self-consistent, two-dimensional, magnetohydrodynamic simulations of magnetically driven flyer plates," Journal Article, Physics of Plasmas, Vol. 10, No. 5, pp. 1867–1874, Accepted/Published May 2003.
  • Bochev, Pavel B., Allen C. Robinson, "Matching Algorithms with Physics: Exact Sequences of Finite Element Spaces," Book, Collected Lectures on Preservation of Stability Under Discretization, June 2001.

Awards & Recognition

  • Robinson, Allen C., Advisory Board, National Advisory Board for the Applied and Computational Mathematics Emphasis, Brigham Young University Mathematics Department,, October 2, 2013.
  • Crawford, David A., Mark B. Boslough, Timothy G. Trucano, Allen C. Robinson, Best Paper/Poster, Best Paper Award, "The Impact of Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on Jupiter", Hypervelocity Impact Society , October 17, 1994.