Emilian Parau


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Emilian I. Parau is a Professor of Applied Mathematics and Head of School of Mathematics. He obtained his BSc in Mathematics in 1995 from the West University of Timisoara, Romania. He received his PhD in Mathematics in 2000 from University of Nice Sophia Antipolis and  West University of Timisoara. His research focuses on nonlinear water waves, interfacial waves, hydroelastic waves and other free surface flows. Emilian Parau is interested in solving nonlinear partial differential equation arising in fluid mechanics and free boundary problems using computational, asymptotic and dynamical systems methods.

Website: http://www.uea.ac.uk/~h064/

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   2018-present - Professor of Applied Mathematics, School of Mathematics, UEA, Norwich, UK
   2006-2018 - Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Applied Mathematics, School of Mathematics, UEA, Norwich, UK
   2003-2006 - Senior Research Associate, School of Mathematics, UEA, Norwich, UK
   2003 -2004 - Lecturer, Department of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Mathematics, West University of Timisoara, Romania 
   2001-2003 - Research Fellow, School of Mathematics, University of Birmingham, UK
   2000-2001 - Senior Research Associate,School of Mathematics, UEA, Norwich, UK.
   1995-2003 – Assistant/Instructor at the Faculty of Mathematics, West University of Timisoara.

Key Research Interests

I work on various aspects of fluid mechanics, particularly related to interfacial and free-surface flows. I am interested in nonlinear differential equation problems arising in fluid mechanics, examining solutions using computational, asymptotic and dynamical systems methods. Some of the particular topics which I studied are the solitary waves generated by a moving load on top of an ice plate, interfacial and free-surface periodic gravity waves, spiralling liquid jets, three-dimensional gravity waves generated by moving disturbances. Recent research results include the computation of fully localised solitary-wave solutions of the three-dimensional gravity-capillary water-wave problem.

Research keywords:

Nonlinear water waves

Solitary waves

Interfacial waves

Hydroelastic waves

Free surface flows

Liquid jets

Gravity-capillary waves


PGR Supervision:

Three-dimensional nonlinear hydroelastic waves

Internal waves in the presence of a free surface

Nonlinear water waves


Key Responsibilities

·         Director of Learning and Teaching

Professional Activities

  • Visiting Fellow, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge14.07-08.08.2014 (Invited in Theory of Water Waves Programme)
  • Co-organiser of ICMS Workshop Mathematical Challenges and modelling of hydroelasticity, Edinburgh21-24.06.2010 (Conference Organisation)


Areas of Expertise

Water waves; free-surface flows; solitons.

Teaching Interests

Dynamical systems and chaos, linear and nonlinear water waves, free surface flows.


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