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Christopher C. Pain

Title: Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-4185
Fax: 803-777-0106
Office: 300 Main Street 
Room A117 
Columbia, SC 29208
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Dr. Pain is a Professor in the department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London (ICL), UK. He is also head of the Applied Computation and Modelling Group (AMCG), which is the largest research grouping at ICL and comprises of about 60 research active scientists. AMCG specialises in the development and application of innovative and world leading modelling techniques for earth, engineering and biomedical sciences. The group has core research interests in numerical methods for ocean, atmosphere and climate systems, engineering fluids including multiphase flows, neutral particle radiation transport, coupled fluids-solids modelling with discrete element methods, turbulence modelling, inversion methods, imaging, and impact cratering. He was honored by Imperial College London by winning its Research Excellence Award in 2010, in recognition his world-leading research.

Dr. Pain's academic interests are in general Computational Fluid Dynamics (including multi-phase flow, oceanography and geophysical fluid dynamics), nuclear safety, optimisation, numerical research, including parallel solution techniques, recurrent and feed-forward neural networks, a priori error measures and mesh adaptivity, discretization techniques, resolution of linear and non-linear equations, non-linear dynamics, numerical shape description and differential geometry. He is the original author of general purpose parallel Computational Fluid Dynamics code Fluidity (a foundation of the majority of his research activities and key to this proposal), with mesh adaptive multi-phase and ocean modelling features. Inverse modelling has included anisotropic electrical inversion, 3D seismic inversion and inversion of transient 3-D coastal flows using the adjoint method. He has authored over 133 journal publications, 2 book chapters, 1 patent, graduated 34 PhD students and completed 41 industry and research council grants.


  • Ph.D., Computational Fluid Dynamics, University of Exeter, 1991 (Completed in 22 months)
  • M.Sc., Mathematical Techniques for CAD, Cranfield University, 1989
  • B.Sc., Mathematics, University of Reading, 1988


  • 2005 - Present: Professorial Research Fellow, Imperial College London.
  • 1998 - 2005: Research Fellow, Imperial College London.
  • 1992 - 1998: Post Doctoral Research Assistant, Imperial College London.
  • Rector’s Award for Research Excellence 2010 – only one awarded at Imperial annually.
  • Rector’s Award for Research 2004.


  • Published 133 journal papers, 2 book chapters, 1 patent, and 2 published reports.
  • Graduated 34 PhD students.
  • Attracted more than 41 industry, research council and European grants.
  • Attracted over £18M in research funding over the last 10 years.
  • Was PI on the £2M NERC Ocean Modelling Consortium Grant (IC, NOCS, Oxford) won in 2005.
  • Was Chair and organizer of a number of conferences e.g. Ocean Modelling, Transport Theory and the Japanese Todai Forum 2010.

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