Mario Morales Hernandez


Dr. Mario Morales-Hernandez is currently a Research Staff Member at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and a Collaborator of the Computational Sciences and Engineering Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He obtained a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Zaragoza in 2009, followed by a Master’s degree in Applied Mechanics from the same university in September 2010. He then pursued his doctoral studies to achieve a PhD in Fluid Mechanics. From December 2010 to March 2014, he received a Research Staff Training Grant from the County Council of Aragón, which enabled him to write his thesis under the supervision of Professor Pilar García Navarro. He received his PhD from the University of Zaragoza in the form of an International Doctorate in June 2014 with the thesis “Efficient explicit finite volume schemes for the shallow water equations with source terms”, achieving a summa cum laude distinction.

He earned  a postdoctoral Juan de la Cierva-Formación fellowship, granted by the Spanish Government that allowed him to work for 19 months at Aula Dei Experimental Station (CSIC). Additionally, he did a six-month postdoctoral stay in the BCAM-Basque Center for Applied Mathematics (named Excellence Severo Ochoa Center) with Professor Enrique Zuazua. He achieved an Assistant Professor position in September 2018, in the Engineering and Architecture School at the University of Zaragoza. After that, he accepted a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which became into a Research Staff position in July 2019. 

He is an active researcher in the field of mathematical modeling of environmental earth problems, optimization and control techniques, hydraulic and hydrological engineering, erosion and sediment dynamics, porous media, solute transport, agriculture and irrigation, all in combination with HPC techniques and GPU computing technology. He teaches official lessons for the “Industrial Technologies Engineering Degree” and “Mechanical Engineering Degree”, among others, supervising some end-of-degree dissertations and Master’s theses. He has also been teaching for the “Water Resources Engineering” Master’s degree for seven years and for the course entitled "Hydraulic modelling flood risks".