Leila Issa

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Coordinator-Mathematics Program

I am an associate professor of mathematics and the coordinator of the Mathematics Program. I obtained my PhD in Computational and Applied Mathematics from Rice university. LAU has been my second home since 2011, where I enjoy teaching various courses such as multivariate calculus and partial differential equations.

In my free time, I enjoy discovering and reading about new science, talking about math/science while sipping coffee, teaching maths to my six years old, and mostly injecting these passions into my everyday life.

Research Interests and Projects

I am interested in ocean modeling and have been working on some applied projects such as modeling surface currents and understanding pollutant transport in our part of the Mediterranean Sea. I also work on the development and solution of perturbation based models for unsteady pressure driven flows in long channels of variable cross-section.

Selected Publications

  • S El Mohtar, I Hoteit, O Knio, L Issa, I Lakkis. Lagrangian tracking in stochastic fields with application to an ensemble of velocity fields in the Red Sea, Ocean Modelling 131, 1-14
  • L. Issa. A simplied model for unsteady pressure driven flows in circular microchannels of vari- able cross-section. Applied Mathematical Modelling, February 2018. Doi: 10.1016/j.apm.2018.01.037​
  • L. Issa, J. Brajard, M. Fakhri, D. Hayes, L. Mortier, P-M. Poulain. Modelling Surface Currents in the Eastern Levantine Mediterranean Using Surface Drifters and Satellite Altimetry. Ocean Modelling, May 2016. Doi: 10.1016/j.ocemod.2016.05.00​
  • L. Issa. Perturbation Based Simplifed Models for Unsteady Incompressible Micro-channels Flows, Applied Mathematical Modelling, December 2015. Doi: 10.1016/j.apm.2015.12.025​
  • L. Issa, I. Lakkis, Reduced Order Modeling of Low Mach Number Unsteady Micro-channel Flows, J. Fluids Eng. 136(5), 051201, March 2014. Dpi:10.1115/1.4026199​
  • L. Borcea, L. Issa, C. Tsogka, Source localization in random acoustic waveguides, SIAM Multiscale Modeling Simulations, 8(5), pp. 1981-2022, 2010.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM), Rice University.
  • MA in Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • BA in Mathematics (High Distinction), Statistics minor, American University of Beirut.