Sorin Mitran

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Primary Position: Professor of Mathematics
  • Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Research Associate, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Guest Researcher, Karlsruhe Forschungszentrum, Germany
  • Guest Scientist, Tokyo University, Japan
  • Lecturer, Politehnica, Bucharest, Romania
  • Ph.D., Politehnica, Bucharest, Romania
  • Aero. Eng., Politehnica, Bucharest, Romania
Books Papers Talks Manuscripts

Books, chapters & reports

  1. S. Mitran, J. Young, “Multiscale Computation of Cytoskeletal Mechanics During Blebbing”, pp. 345-372, in Cellular and Biomolecular Mechanics and Mechanobiology, Springer, A. Gefen (ed.), 2011. (.pdf).
  2. A. Bogoi, S. Mitran, C. Berbente, Metode numerice – Elemente de teorie, aplicatii si programe de calcul in FORTRAN (Numerical methods – Elements of theory, aplications and computational programs in FORTRAN), Bren Publishing House, Bucharest, 2007, 191pp. (in Romanian).
  3. J. Sewall, P. Mecklenburg, S. Mitran, M. Lin, “Fast Fluid Simulation Using Residual Distribution Schemes”, pp. 47 – 54 in Eurographics Workshop on Natural Phenomena (2007). (pdf)
  4. A.Y. Poludnenko, A. Frank, S. Mitran, P. Varnière, A. Cunningham, “AstroBEAR: Astrophysical Fluid and Magnetofluid Dynamics with BEARCLAW”, pp.331-340 in Chicago Workshop on Adaptive Mesh Refinement Methods, Vol. 41 Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering, Springer, 2005.
  5. A.Y. Poludnenko, A. Frank, S. Mitran, “Clumpy Flows in Protoplanetary and Planetary Nebulae”, pp. 434-437 in Asymmetric Planetary Nebulae III, M. Meixner, J. Kastner, N. Soker and B. Balick (eds.), 2003, ASP Conference Series, CS-313.
  6. S. Mitran, “A Comparison of Adaptive Mesh Refinement Approaches for Large Eddy Simulation”, pp.397-408 in DNS/LES Progress and Challenges, Third AFOSR International Conference, C. Liu, L. Sakell, T. Beutner (eds.), Greyden Press, Columbus, Ohio, 2001. (.pdf)
  7. S. Mitran, Closure Models for the Computation of Dilute Bubbly Flows, 121pp., Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Wissenschaftliche Berichte, FZKA 6357, 2000. (.pdf)
  8. C. Berbente, S. Mitran, S. Zancu, Metode Numerice (Numerical Methods), Editura Tehnica, 1997. 304 pp. (in Romanian). (.pdf)
  9. C. Berbente, S. Zancu, O. Pleter, C. Tataranu, S. Mitran, Metode numerice cu aplicatii in ingineria aeronautica (Numerical Methods with application to aeronautical engineering), Bucharest Politehnica Press, 1986, (Revised and enlarged second edition, 1992) (in Romanian).

Journal papers

  1. Liu, YC, Tippets, CA, Kirsch, C, Mitran, S, Samulski, ET, Lopez, R, “Balance between light trapping and charge carrier collection: Electro-photonic optimization of organic photovoltaics with ridge-patterned back electrodes”, J. Appl. Phys. 113(24):244503, 2013.
  2. Y. Liu, C. Kirsch, A. Gadisa, M. Aryal, S. Mitran, E.T. Samulski, R. Lopez, “Effects of nano-patterned versus simple flat active layers in upright organic photovoltaic devices”, J. Phys. D. 46(2):024008, 2013.
  3. D.E. Fovargue, S. Mitran, N.B. Smith, G.N. Sankin, W.N. Simmons, P. Zhong, “Experimentally validated multiphysics computational model of focusing and shock wave formation in an electromagnetic lithotripter”, J. Ac. Soc. Am., 134(2):1598-1609, 2013.
  4. S. Mitran, "Continuum-kinetic-microscopic model of lung core-annular fluid clearance", J. Comp. Phys.244:193-211, 2013.
  5. C. Kirsch, S. Mitran, "Simulated annealing electro-photonic optimization of organic solar cells", J. Applied Phys., 112:054502, 2012.
  6. B. Kallemov, G. H. Miller, S. Mitran & D. Trebotich, "Calculation of viscoelastic bead–rod flow mediated by a homogenised kinetic scale with holonomic constraints", Molecular Simulation, 38(10):786-792, 2012.
  7. Lindley, B.S., Forest, M.G., Smith, B.D., Mitran, S.M., Hill, D.B.,  "Spatial stress and strain distributions of viscoelastic layers in oscillatory shear",  Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 82(7): 1249-1257, 2012
  8. Young, JD, Mitran, S, “A Continuum-Microscopic Algorithm for Modeling Fibrous, Heterogeneous Media with Dynamic Microstructures”, SIAM Multiscale Modeling and Simulation, 9:241-256, 2011.
  9. Mitran, S., “Time parallel kinetic-molecular interaction algorithm for CPU/GPU computers”, Proc. Comp.Sci. 1:745-752, 2010.
  10. Young, JD, Mitran, SM, “A Numerical Model of Cellular Blebbing. A Volume-Conserving, Fluid-Structure Interaction Model of the Entire Cell”, J. Biomechanics, 43:210-220, 2010. (pdf)
  11. Dennis TJ, Frank, A, Blackman EG, DeMarco O, Balick, B, Mitran, S, “Magnetic Nested-Wind Scenarios for Bipolar Outflows: Preplanetary and YSO Nebular Shaping”, Astrophys. J., 707(2):1485-1494, 2009.
  12. Cunningham, AJ, Frank, A, Varniere, P, Mitran, S, Jones, TW, “Simulating Magnetohydrodynamical Flow With Constrained Transport and Adaptive Mesh Refinement: Algorithms And Tests Of The Astrobear Code”, Astrophys. J. Suppl. Series, 182(2):519-542, 2009. (pdf)
  13. Yirak, K, Frank, A, Cunningham, AJ, Mitran, S, “Hypersonic Buckshot: Astrophysical Jets As Heterogeneous Collimated Plasmoids”, Astrophys. J., 695(2):999-1005, 2009.
  14. Lindley, B, Howell, EL, Smith, BD, Rubinstein, GJ, Forest, MG, Mitran, SM, Hill, DB, Superfine, R,, “Stress communication and filtering of viscoelastic layers in oscillatory shear”, J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 156(1-2):112-120, 2009.
  15. Scotti, A, Mitran, S, “An approximated method for the solution of elliptic problems in thin domains: Application to nonlinear internal waves ”, Ocean Modelling, 5(3-4):144-153, 2008.
  16. Dennis, T.J., Cunningham, A.J., Frank, A., Balick, B., Blackman, E., Mitran, S., “Proto-planetary nebulae as Explosions: Bullets vs Jets and Nebular Shaping”, Astrophys. J. 679(2):1327-1337, 2008. (pdf)
  17. Mitran, S.M., Forest, G., Yao, L., Lindley, B., Hill, D.B., “Extensions of the Ferry shear wave model for active linear and nonlinear microrheology”. J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 154(2-3):120-135, 2008. (pdf)
  18. McNeil, L.E., Mitran, S., “Vibrational Frequencies and Tuning of the African Mbira”, J. Ac. Soc. Am. 123(1):1169-1178, 2008. (pdf)
  19. Yirak, K., Frank, A., Cunningham, A., Mitran, S., Hartmann, S., “The Interaction Between a Pulsed Astrophysical Jet and Small-Scale Heterogeneous Media”, Astrophys. J., 672(2):996-1005, 2008. (pdf)
  20. Mitran, S., “Computational model of mucociliary clearance - Relevance to therapy”, Pediatric Pulmonology, Supplement 30: 111-112, 2007.
  21. Mitran, S.M., “Metachronal wave formation in a model of pulmonary cilia”, Computers & Structures 85(11-14):763-774, 2007.
  22. Cunningham, A., Frank, A., Varniere, P., Poludnenko, A., Mitran, S., Hartmann, L., “Evolution and fragmentation of wide-angle wind driven molecular outflows”, Astrophysics and Space Science 298(1-2):317-322, 2005.
  23. A.Y. Poludnenko, A. Frank, S. Mitran, “Strings in the Eta Carinae Nebula: Hypersonic Radiative Cosmic Bullets”, Astrophys. J., 613(1):387-392, 2004.
  24. A.Y. Poludnenko, K.K. Dannenberg, R.P. Drake, A. Frank, J. Knauer, D.D. Meyerhofer, M. Furnish, J. R. Asay, S. Mitran, “A laboratory investigation of supersonic clumpy flows: Experimental design and theoretical analysis”, Astrophys. J., 604 (1): 213-221, 2004.
  25. D.S. Bale, R.J. LeVeque, S. Mitran, J.A. Rossmanith, “A wave propagation method for conservation laws and balance laws with spatially varying flux functions”, SIAM J. Sci. Comp., 24(3):955-978, 2002.
  26. L. Palese, A. Georgescu, S. Mitran, “Neutral curves for the MHD Sorret-Dufour driven convection”, Rev. Roumaine Sci. Tech., Mecanique Appliquee, Tome 45, No 3, pp 265-276, 2000.
  27. S. Mitran, “A boundary layer solution of the axisymmetric jet instability problem. I. Isothermal, incompressible jets”, Rev. Roumaine Sci. Tech., Mecanique Appliquee, Tome 41, Nos 5-6, pp 359-380, 1995.
  28. C. Berbente, S. Mitran, S. Zancu, “Inviscid Incompressible Flow Around Inlets”, Revue Roumaine des Sciences Techniques, Serie de Mecanique Applique, Tome 38, no 6, pp. 571-585, 1993.

Refereed Conference Papers

  1. Mitran, S.M., “Adaptive Mesh Refinement Computation of Turbulent Flows - Pitfalls and Escapes”, in Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows:ASTRONUM 2008, ASP Conf. Series 406:249-254, 2009.
  2. S. Mitran, “Direct Numerical Simulation of a Model of Turbulent Bubbly Flow”, AIAA Paper 2001-2908, 31st AIAA Fluid Dynamics Conference and Exhibit, June 11-14, 2001, Anaheim, CA, 6pp.
  3. S. Mitran, “A Sub-Grid-Scale Turbulence Model for Dilute Bubbly Flow”, Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Multiphase Flow, ICMF-2001, May 27-June 1, 2001, New Orleans, 9pp.
  4. S. Mitran, P.G. Cizmas, “LES Calibration of a Turbulent Potential Model for Turbomachinery Flows”, AIAA Paper 2000-3203, 36th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, July 16-19, 2000, The Von Braun Center, Huntsville, AL. pp.1-6.
  5. C. Berbente, S. Mitran, “Large-Eddy Simulation of Unsteady Rotor Aerodynamics and Acoustic Emissions”, 9th European Rotorcraft Forum, October 13-15, 1999, Rome, 10pp.
  6. S. Mitran, C. Safta, “A Computer Aided Education Course in Aeroengine Design”, AIAA Paper 97-3280, 33rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, July 6-9, 1997, Seattle, WA. pp.1-6.
  7. S. Mitran, D. Caraeni, “Large Eddy Simulation of Unsteady Rotor-Stator Interaction in a Centrifugal Compressor”, AIAA Paper 97-3006, 33rd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, July 6-9, 1997, Seattle pp.1-6.
  8. S. Mitran, “Renormalization Group Analysis of Jet Instability-Turbulence Interaction”, Proceedings - First Joint CEAS/AIAA Aeroacoustics Conference, June 12-15, 1995, Munchen, pp. 1015-1022.


  • Hickey, A., Mitran, S., Smyth, H., “Methods of Acoustic Measurement and Control of Pharmaceutical Sprays”, WO/2006/057660, 04.05.2006, PCT/US2005/038698, 26.10.2005.

Other unrefereed works

  • R. J. LeVeque and S. Mitran, “Wave-Propagation Methods and Software for Complex Applications”, Third International Symposium on Finite Volumes for Complex Applications, Porquerolles, France, June, 2002, 12pp.
  • S. Mitran, “Contributions to the study of noise emitted by unstable jets”, Acoustics Conference of the Romanian Academy, 18-19 October, 1994, Cahier 24, pp 41-45, Bucharest.
  • C. Berbente, S. Mitran, D. Moroianu, “Models of fluctuation distribution for the Euler equations”, Aero 99, July 6-9, 1999, Bucharest.
  • C. Berbente, S. Mitran, “A viscid-inviscid interaction approach to axisymmetric bubble dynamics”, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Interner Bericht, IRS Nr. 12/97, PSF Nr. 3265, 73pp.
  • C. Berbente, O. Pleter, I. Andrei, S. Mitran, “Computer aided education for aeronautical engineering”, Proc. of the CAE 93 Conference, Bucharest,Romania, 1993.
  • C. Berbente, S. Mitran, S. Zancu, “A boundary element model of inlet flow”, Proc. of the 1993 International Conference on Boundary Elements, Sibiu,Romania ,1993.
  • S. Mitran, “Discrete molecular-kinetics modeling of the Navier-Stokes Equations”, Symposium on Modeling in Science and Technology, PolitehnicaUniversity, Bucharest, 1989, (in Romanian).
  • S. Mitran, “Discrete vortex simulations of several configurations of aeronautical engineering interest”, Symposium on Modeling in Science and Technology,Politehnica University, Bucharest, 1989, (in Romanian).
  • C. Berbente, S. Mitran, “Research on optimal propellers for high speed aircraft”, Proc. of the INCREST AVIA 88 Conference, Bucharest, Romania,1988, (in Romanian).
  • S. Mitran, “Anemometry based upon the Mossbauer Effect”, Proc. of the “Politehnica” SIM 87 Conference on Internal Combustion Engines, 1987, (in Romanian).
  • V. Pimsner, S. Mitran, “The electrical analogy of heat transfer as applied to turbine blades”, Proc. of the Politehnica SIM 87 Conference on Internal Combustion Engines, 1987, (in Romanian).


(4) A Bayesian approach to computational evaluation of continuum closures based upon stochastic microscopic dynamics, Stochastic multiscale methods workshop, Banff, Mar. 27 - Apr. 1, 2011. (3) A time-parallel multiscale algorithm for non-equilibrated microscopic phenomena, Oct. 4, 2010, Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, Paris 6. (2) Large-Scale Computational Modeling of Fluid Flow in the Lung, Lehigh University, Oct 5, 2009. (1) A Double Projection Method forIncompressible Viscoelastic Flow, University of Washington Applied Mathematics Colloquium, Nov. 20, 2007.


(*) S. Mitran, L. Yao, “A double-projection method for incompressible viscoelastic flow”
  • Multi-scale, multiphysics computation
  • Complex fluids
  • Ciliary mechanics
  • Lung airflow
  • Lung airway surface liquid
  • Lung aerosol deposition
  • Lithotripsy
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Lattice methods
  • Cell mechanics
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