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Duygu Sap

Postdoctoral Researcher


Dr. D. Sap is a postdoctoral researcher in Computational Mechanics. She obtained her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 under the guidance of Prof. M. Neilan. Her doctoral research focused on the construction of conforming and stable finite element methods for the Stokes problem on cubical and quadrilateral meshes.


Dr. D. Sap has previously held an appointment as a postdoctoral researcher at the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.


Her current research concerns the development of finite element methods that utilize CAD models and adaptive numerical methods for multi-scale problems.

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Research Interests

  • Finite element method
  • Solid modeling
  • Numerical analysis and scientific computing
  • Discrete exterior calculus
  • Multi-scale & multi-physics modeling

Current Projects

ASiMoV: Advanced simulation and modeling of virtual systems for enabling the research and the development of the next generation of engineering simulation and modeling techniques.



- D. Sap and V. Shapiro, On verification of interoperability of CAD systems with a focus on invariant properties, Computer-Aided Design, Vol. 115, pp. 256-266, Oct. 2019.

- M. Neilan and D. Sap, Macro Stokes elements on quadrilaterals, International Journal of Numerical Analysis and Modeling, Vol.15(4-5), pp. 729–745, 2018.

- M. Neilan and D. Sap, Stokes elements on cubic meshes yielding divergence-free approximations, Calcolo, Vol. 53, pp. 263–283, 2016.