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

  • Laity, George Russell, Allen C. Robinson, Michael E. Cuneo, Mary Kathleen Alam, Kristian R. C. Beckwith, Nichelle Lee Bennett, Matthew Tyler Bettencourt, Stephen D. Bond, Kyle Cochrane, Louise Criscenti, Eric Christopher Cyr, Karen June De Zetter, Richard R. Drake, Evstati Georgiev Evstatiev, Andrew S. Fierro, Thomas Anthony Gardiner, Forrest W. Glines, Ronald S. Goeke, Nathaniel Donald Hamlin, Russell Hooper, Jason Koski, James Matthew Doyle Lane, Steven Robert Larson, Kevin Leung, Duncan Alisdair Odum McGregor, Philip R. Miller, Sean M. Miller, Susan Jasmin Ossareh, Edward Geoffrey Phillips, Nicholas A. Roberds, Charles Edgar Rose, John N. Shadid, Sidney Shields, Sean C. Simpson, David Sirajuddin, Thomas M. Smith, Matthew Scot Swan, Aidan P. Thompson, Julien Guy Tranchida, Dale R. Welch, Thomas C. Genoni, Carsten Thoma, Alex Russell, Eric D. Watson, David V. Rose, John Williams, Azer Yalin, Ryan D. McBride, Trevor J. Smith, "Towards Predictive Plasma Science and Engineering through Revolutionary Multi-Scale Algorithms and Models,Final Report," SAND Report, January 2021.
  • Robinson, Allen C., Richard R. Drake, Matthew Scot Swan, Nichelle Lee Bennett, Thomas M. Smith, Russell Hooper, George Russell Laity, "A software environment for effective reliability management for pulsed power design," Journal Article, Reliability Engineering & System Safety, Vol. 211, Article No. 107580, Accepted/Published July 2021.
  • 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.