Dr. Vrushali A. Bokil

Department of Mathematics
Oregon State University

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Department of Mathematics
368 Kidder Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97330


Professor Bokil received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Houston in 2003 under the direction of Dr. Roland Glowinski. Before coming to Oregon State University, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Research in Scientific Computation at North Carolina State University , under the mentorship of Dr. H.T. Banks.

Associate Editorships:

  1. Associate Editor, IEEE JOURNAL ON Multiscale and Multiphysics Computational Techniques
  2. Associate Editor, International Journal of Numerical Analysis and Modeling

Organization Links:
Dr. Bokil's Departmental Homepage
Department of Mathematics
Oregon State University

Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Links:
Office of Student Life
Bias Incident Response
Diversity Education
President's Commission on the Status of Women (Dr. Bokil was a member)

Research Links:
Summer Undergraduate Research Experience - SURE Science
Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and the Arts
Research and Funding Opportunities

Research interests

Professor Bokil's general research interests are in applied mathematics, scientific computing, numerical analysis and mathematical biology. Her primary research interests are in the numerical solution of wave propagation problems. Specifically, she has conducted research on the numerical solution of Maxwell's equations using a variety of finite difference and finite element methods. Bokil is also working on several problems in mathematical ecology which involve the construction and analyses of  deterministic and stochastic models for applications in population dynamics, epidemiology and spatial ecology.

Dr. Bokil is currently a co-PI on an NSF funded project OP: Collaborative Research: Compatible Discretizations for Maxwell Models in Nonlinear Optics in collaboration with Drs Yingda Cheng at Michigan State and Fengyan Li at RPI. The objective of the collaborative research program is to make significant advances in the understanding and simulations of Maxwell models in nonlinear optics.

Dr. Bokil has also received funding via the Thomas Jefferson Fund launched by the French-American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation for her project Mathematical epidemiology of viruses coinfecting plants: Modeling, Analysis and Optimal Control Strategies, with French collaborator, Professor Frederic Hamelin of Agrocampus Ouest in Rennes, France. 



  • August 26-29,2019:Professor Bokil gave an invited talk at the international conference on Stochastic Models for Biology BioHasard 2019, August 26-29, 2019, in Rennes, France. PhD Student Brady Bowen also attended and gave a contributed talk. This visit was funded by Professor Bokil's Thomas Jefferson Grant.

  • July 15-21,2019:Professor Bokil gave two talks at the International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Valencia, Spain during July 15-21, 2019; one on her research in computational electromagnetics, and a second on advancing equity and inclusion in mathematics. This visit was funded by Professor Bokil's NSF grant.

  • July 8-12, 2019: Professor Bokil participated in a workshop of the program Geometry, compatibility and structure preservation in computational differential equations at the Isaac Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge, UK, July 8-12, 2019. This visit was funded by the ISAAC Newton Institute and Professor Bokil's NSF grant.

  • June 17-21, 2019: Professor Bokil participated in the Train the Trainer Program organized by Oregon State University ADVANCE. Professor Bokil was an invited participant.

  • Feb 24, 2019 Professor Bokil's review article in SIAM News of a professional development event for graduate and postdoc students at the annual SIAM meeting in summer 2018 is now available on the BIG Math Network .

  • Jan 31, 2019 Vrushali Bokil published a review in SIAM News of a professional development event for graduate and postdoc students at the annual SIAM meeting in summer 2018. The event highlights the importance of an honest "inside-out" self-analysis of one's strengths, weaknesses and passions in addition to building strong professional soft skills such as communicating and networking. The College of Science "Visibility" site called it "A useful read for all job-seekers and career-builders!"

  • Oct 15, 2018: Professor Bokil has been awarded the Thomas Jefferson Fund from the Face Foundation for Transatlantic research. Dr. Bokil will work with Associate Professor Frederic Hamelin at the University or Rennes in France on the project titled, Mathematical Epidemiology of Viruses Coinfecting Plants: Modeling, Analysis and Optimal Control Strategies.

  • Sept 16, 2018: Dr. Bokil has been promoted to Full Professor and is the Associate Head of the Department of Mathematics. See the ADVANCE article on Professor Bokil.

  • Dr. Bokil is a member of the SIAM Career Opportunities Committee

  • Dr. Bokil is a member of the organizing committee of the CGRB Spring Conference to be held at the CH_2M Hill Alumni Center on Oregon State University Campus on Friday, April 27, 2018.

  • Dr. Bokil has two papers recently published online
    1. V. A. Bokil, Y. Cheng, Y. Jiang, F. Li and P. Sakkaplangkul, High Spatial Order Energy Stable FDTD Methods for Maxwell's Equations in Nonlinear Optical Media in One Dimension, published online, Journal of Scientific Computing, 2018.
    2. V. A. Bokil, H. T. Banks, D. Cioranescu and G. Griso A Multiscale Method for Computing Effective parameters of composite electromagnetic materials with memory effects , published online, Quarterly of Applied Mathematics, 2018.

  • Dr. Bokil is chair of the organizing committee of the ICERM topical workshop, Computational Aspects of Time Dependent Electromagnetic Wave Problems in Complex Materials (June 25-29, 2018)..

  • Dr. Bokil has been awarded an ADVANCE Fellowship for Winter-Spring 2018.

  • Dr. Bokil has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate.


    1. Dr. Bokil's research in mathematical biology is in the news. See
      1. Mathematical Biology Tackles Destructive Plant Virus.
      2. Researchers use mathematical modeling to fight plant diseases
      3. Fighting disease with mathematics

    2. Articles on Dr. Bokil's work on equity & inclusion
      1. Inclusive Excellence Award
      2. ADVANCE faculty fellowship
      3. Oregon State ADVANCE
      4. Article in Impact magazine.
      5. Balancing the equation