Contact & Personal Information:

  • Name: Mohammad Abouali
  • E-Mail: maboualiedu@gmail.com

Note: I have no facebook account, but I am on LinkedIn and Google+.


  • Scientific and High Performance Computing.
  • Numerical Solution of Partial Differential Equations.
  • Satellite Hydrology and Remote Sensing.
  • Climate Change Studies.
  • Image Processing.
  • GIS and Remote Sensing. • Environmental Modeling.
  • Environmental Particle Dispersion Modeling.
  • Land-Atmosphere Interactions.
  • Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) of turbulent flows in complex geometry.
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics.
  • Atmosphere and Ocean Modeling.

Computer skills and Highly Experienced in:

  • Programming in FORTRAN, MATLAB, C, and GPU using CUDA-C.
  • Scientific and High Performance Computing.
  • Parallel Programming in FORTRAN, and C.
  • The NCAR Command Language (NCL).
  • Linux Shell Scripting/Programing.
  • JavaScript Programming.
  • DELFT3D Model for ocean modeling, Coastal modeling, estuaries modeling and flood analysis.
  • TileFlow and cooling performance analysis of data centers.
  • CFD, Heat Transfer, and Hydrological Modeling, using 3D and 2D models.
  • ILWIS and familiar with ENVI, ERDAS, ArcGIS. (10+ years experience)
  • MS-Office Software particularly in Excel. (15+ years experience)
  • AutoCAD Software. (14+ years experience)
  • Programming Web Enabled Map using Microsoft Virtual Earth V6.
  • Certificates: CCNA (CISCO), CWNA (Wireless Networks), MCP (Microsoft).


  • 2008 ~ Present: Teaching Assistant at San Diego State University
  • 2008 ~ present: Ph.D. Candidate at Joint Doctoral Computational Science Degree at San Diego State University (SDSU) and Claremont Graduate University (CGU) (GPA: 4.0/4.0)
  • 2012: Second M.S. Degree in Computational Science, San Diego State University. Thessis title: “Developing a Nested Hydrodynamical Model for San Diego Bay, CA Using Delft3D and DelftDashboard.”
  • 2007: M.S. with distinction in Geo-information and earth observation Science from Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, http://www.itc.nl, The Netherlands. Thesis Title: “Direct Numerical Simulation of Atmospheric Flow over Rough Terrain”.
  • 2005: Civil Engineering, minor in applied physics, Technical Faculty, Faculty of Science of Tehran University.

Foreign Languages:

English: Fluent. Persian: Native. Dutch, German, and Arabic: Basics


  • Computational Modeling for Scientists (COMP 536)
  • Graduate Level Course: COMP521 – Computational Science (Linear Algebra, Interpolation, curve fitting, non-linear equations, ODEs, PDEs, Fourier Transform)
  • Introduction to Geographical Information Science in Keck Training Program – Global Climate Change and the Spread of Infectious Disease.


  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
  • IEEE
  • American Physical Society (APS)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • The Society for Modeling and Simulation International

Professional Background:

– SIParCS Internship at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) (May~Aug. 2013)

  • Summer Internship in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS)
  • Mentor: Alan Norton.
  • Co-Mentor: Rick Brownrigg.
  • Project Name: Visualization of Weather Simulation Data in Google Earth.
  • Activities: This project hasn’t yet started. But I have got the job offer.

– Visiting Scientist/Scholars at Water Resource Department – University of Twente – ITC, The Netherlands (Aug~Dec, 2011).

  • Mentors: Prof. Bob Su & Dr. Joris Timmermans
  • Activities:
  • Estimating actual evapotranspiration using Surface Energy Balance System (SEBS) algorithm.
  • Implementing SEBS on CUDA-C to harness the power of Graphical Processing Units (GPU), (Achieved a speed-up of over 550 times).
  • Collaborating in SEBS4Google Project.
  • Implementing SEBS on java and Google Earth Engine (EE) API, in order to use the massive computing power available at Google.

– SIParCS Internship at National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) (May~July, 2011)

  • Summer Internship in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS)
  • Mentor: David Brown CISL/VETS/NCAR
  • Co-Mentor: Dennis Shea NESL/CGD/NCAR
  • Co-Mentor: Mary Haley CISL/VETS/NCAR
  • Project Name: Implementing a new suite of remapping functions within the NCAR Command Language (NCL)
  • Project Description: Certain functions were developed to assist the user interpolating data from any grid to any other. The interpolation weights are generated using Earth System Modeling Framework (ESMF), using (1) Bilinear, (2) Conservative, or (3) Patch interpolation schemes. The functions were successfully used to interpolate data from different grids, either structured or unstructured grid, to various grid types. MPAS, Tri-Polar, WRF, CRCM4, HRM3, CCSM4, EASE, Satellite Swats, Curvilinear, and regularly spaced grids are among the examples.
  • Note: all the functions and procedures were documented in a “User Guide” and available for the users as PDF file.

– Geographical Information System (GIS) Specialist in “Middle East Water & Environment Consultant Engineering”, (Full Time, 2004 ~ 2005).

  • CFD, flood, and hydrological modeling using 3D and 2D models.
  • Developing GIS maps.
  • Providing Digital Elevation and Terrain Models.
  • Computer network and database administrator.

– Research Assistant in “Water Research Center”, (Part Time, 2000 ~ 2004).

  • CFD, flood, and Hydrological modeling using 3D and 2D models.
  • Satellite Image Processing.
  • Image classification and roughness estimation as requirements in flood modeling.
  • Monitoring coastline and lake changes using Remote Sensing.
  • Digitizing Maps using scanned maps and satellite images.

– Computer instructor & Network Administrator for Civil Group. (Part Time, Student Job, 2000 ~ 2004)


  • Applied Computational Science & Engineering Student Support (ACSESS)– 2013.
  • Part of the Grant Writing for “Keck Training Program: Global Climate Change and the Spread of Infectious Disease”
  • Student Research Symposium President’s Award in Research and Scholarship, 2010.
  • Awarded European Union Erasmus Mundus L7 Scholarships, 2007.

Journal Papers:

  • Abouali M., Timmerman J., Castillo J.E., Su Z., “A High Performance GPU Implementation of Surface Energy Balance System (SEBS) based on CUDA-C”, Environmental Modeling and Software, V. 41, pp. 134-138, 2013.
  • Abouali M., Castillo J.E., “Unified Curvilinear Ocean Atmosphere Model (UCOAM): A Vertical Velocity Case Study”, Journal of Mathematical and Computer Modeling. Mathematical and Computer Modelling, V. 57, pp. 2158-2168, 2013.
  • Bazan C., Abouali M., Castillo J.C., and Blomgren P. “Mimetic Finite Difference PDE-based Models in Image Processing”, Computational & Applied Mathematics, Volume 30, N.3, pp. 1-20, 2011, ISSN 0101-8205.
  • Abouali M., Geurts B.J., Gieske A., “Atmospheric Flow Simulation over Rough Terrain”, European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, March 2007, pp. 7-11.

Conference Papers:

  • M. Abouali and J.E. Castillo, Stability and Performance Analysis of the Castillo-Grone Mimetic Operators in Conjunction with RK3 Time Discretization in Solving Advective Equations, ICCS 2013, Barcelona, Spain.
  • M. Abouali, J.E. Castillo, The Castillo-Grone’s Mimetic Difference Operators in 2D and 3D fully Curvilinear Grids: Case Study of Poisson’s Equation, MASCOT2012 & ISGG2012, 2012.
  • S. Zarei, M. Abouali, A. Mirtar, P. Salamon. Evaluating Spirometric Trends in Cystic Fibrosis Patients. BIOCOMP, 2012.
  • Timmermans J. et al., “Drought monitoring over the Horn of Africa using remotely sensed evapotranspiration, soil moisture and vegetation parameters”, European Geosciences Union (EGU), 2012, CL5.3/HS6.7.
  • Abouali M., Garcia M., Castillo J.E., Torres C., “Model intercomparison between two curvilinear hydrodynamic ocean models”, X Congreso Internacional de Métodos Numéricos en Ingeniería y Ciencias Aplicadas (CIMENICS’2010).
  • “Flood Inundation Downstream of Karkheh Dam” presented in a conference in Ahvaz, Iran.

Published Reports:

  • Abouali M., Castillo J.E., “Solving Advective Equations Using Castillo-Grone’s Mimetic Operators”, CSRC Publication, 2012, CSRCR 2012-04.
  • Abouali M., Castillo J.E., “High Order Compact Castillo-Grone’s Mimetic Operators”, CSRC Publication, 2012, CSRCR 2012-02.
  • Abouali M., Castillo J.E., “General Curvilinear Ocean Model: Next Generation – Theory and Implementation”, CSRC Publication, 2010, CSRCR 2010-02
  • Carlos B., Abouali M., Castillo J.E., Blomgren P., “Mimetic Finite Difference PDE-based Models in Image Processing”, (October 30, 2009), CSRCR 2009-03.
  • Miraghaie R., Abouali m., Breward C., Chan I., Ellis A., Fehribach J., Gratton M.B., Matusik K., “The dynamics of liquid slugs forced by a syringe pump”, Math in Industry, Siemens Healthcare, Harvey Mudd College, 2009.
  • “Offshore structures” published in The Technical Journal – Tehran University.


  • Abouali M., Castillo J.E., “Stability Analysis of the Cas1llo-Grone’s Mime1c Difference Operators”, ACSESS 2013.
  • Abouali M., Timmermans J., Su B., Castillo J.C., ” Global High Resolution Estimation of Evapotranspiration – SEBS on GPU using CUDA-C”, GeoMundus Conference, Muenster, Germany, 2011.
  • Abouali M., Castillo J.E., “Unified Curvilinear Ocean Atmosphere Model (UCOAM) Large-Eddy Simulation of Geophysical Fluids In Complex Geometries”, San Diego State University, ACSESS 2011.
  • Abouali M., Zarei S., Garcia M., “Comparing Two Haar Wavelet Transform Algorithms in Image Compression”, San Diego State University, ACSESS 2010.
  • Abouali M., Castillo J.E., “General Curvilinear Ocean Model – Next Generation”, San Diego State University, ACSESS 2010.
  • Poster presentation at “2010 HMC Mathematics Conference on the Mathematics of Environmental Sustainability and Green Technology”, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont CA, 2010.
  • Poster Presentation at Gordon Research Conference: Coastal Ocean Circulations, New Hampshire, 2009.
  • Poster presentation, General Curvilinear Ocean Model – Enabling Thermodynamics, ACSESS, San Diego State University, 2009.

Professional Presentations:

  • Oral Presentation, Student Research Symposium at San Diego State University, 2013.
  • GPU Technology Conference, San Jose, CA, 2013.
  • American Physical Society (APS), San Diego, CA, 2012.
  • Oral Presentation, Student Research Symposium at San Diego State University, 2012.
  • SIAM Meetings, Geo-Sciences 2011, Long Beach, California.
  • Oral Presentation, Student Research Symposium at San Diego State University, 2011
  • SIAM Computational Science & Engineering 2011, Reno, Nevada Two Talks: (First talk: General Curvilinear Environmental Model, Session MS22, Second talk: Towards Future Environmental Modeling, Session MS110)
  • “Unified Curvilinear Ocean Atmosphere Model (UCOAM)”, San Diego State University, Computational Science Research Center Colloquium, 2009.
  • Oral Presentation, Student Research Symposium at San Diego State University, 2010


  • “The Complete Reference of Integration Techniques”, ISBN: 964-5813-11-5, In Persian Language.
  • Contributing to “Mimetic Discretization Methods”, by J.E. Castillo, G.F. Miranda, CRC Press, 2013.



  • “11th Workshop on the DOE Advanced CompuTaional Software (ACTS) Collection”, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), Berkeley, CA, 2010.
  • “Eddy Covariance Flux Measurement summer School”, 2006, Wepion, Belgium.

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