Dr Mebratu Wakeni
- Research Associate (Infrastructure & Environment)
I completed a Post Graduate Diploma programme in Mathematical Sciences with distinction at University of Cape Town/African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, South Africa. Then, I started my PhD work on algorithms within a finite element framework for nonlinear, coupled problems with particular attention to thermoelasticity at large deformations in the classical as well as the nonstandard theory. I completed the PhD degree in 2016 with a thesis entitled “Stable algorithms for generalized thermoelasticity based on operator-splitting and time-discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods”. From 2016-2018, I held a postdoctoral fellowship position at the Centre for Research in Computational Mechanics, University of Cape Town.
My research interest lies at the interface of numerical analysis, mathematical theory of finite element methods and their computer implementations. I am also interested in developing theoretical and computational models for solving problems in biomedical engineering applications with a focus on cardiovascular related health issues.