Campus: CSU, San Jose -- April 16, 2001
SJSU Professor Honored For Scholarship
Alejandro Garcia, professor of physics at San José State University,
has received the university's 2000/2001 President's Scholar Award. One
of the three highest faculty awards given by the university, the award
recognizes a faculty member who exemplifies excellence in scholarship
A member of the faculty since 1989, Garcia has earned an international
reputation as a researcher in computer simulations of fluids at the
microscopic level - a field that blends physics, chemistry, applied
materials, computer science, and mechanical engineering.
Garcia, according to Gerry Selter, dean of the College of Science, is
a "complete" faculty member. "He is an excellent teacher,
a superb researcher and a respected colleague. His work in microscopic
modeling of fluid dynamics is of the highest caliber and has gained
international recognition. His President's Scholar Award is richly deserved,"
Over the years, Garcia has been involved with research for IBM, the
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., and the
Institute for Scientific Computing Research at Lawrence Livermore National
His textbook, Numerical Methods for Physics, is "the most popular
and definitive textbook in the field of computational physics,"
according to SJSU colleague Pat Hamill.
In addition, Garcia has written more than 30 articles in scholarly journals
and has given talks as numerous international conferences in Germany,
Australia and Japan.
In May, he will participate in a four-day, invitation-only workshop
that he co-organized at the European Center for Atomic and Molecular
Computation in Lyon, France, for the leading researchers in the field
of computational kinetic theory.
Garcia holds a B.S. degree from Florida Atlantic University and a Ph.D.
degree from the University of Texas at Austin.