Personal details

Dr Vivien Challis
Lecturer in Applied and Computational Mathematics
Science and Engineering Faculty,
School of Mathematical Sciences
Discipline *
Numerical and Computational Mathematics, Applied Mathematics
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PhD in Mathematics (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Australian Mathematical Society

structural optimisation, microstructure design, material modelling, finite element methods, homogenisation, GPU computing, failure modelling

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Vivien Challis completed her PhD in Mathematics at The University of Queensland in 2009. Her research interests lie in structural optimisation, computational mechanics and high performance computing.

After completing her PhD, Dr Challis was employed at The University of Queensland in a number of roles including as a postdoctoral research fellow, lecturer, and finally as an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (APD). Dr Challis joined Queensland University of Technology in May 2019 as a Lecturer in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

Dr Challis has supervised a number of undergraduate students (honours, summer students) and was associate PhD supervisor of Andrew Cramer (conferred 2018, The University of Queensland). Prospective honours, masters, PhD or vacation research students who are interested in structural optimisation, material modelling, high performance or GPU computing are encouraged to contact Dr. Challis.

For more information on Dr Challis’s research outputs, see her profiles on Publons, Scopus, Google Scholar or ORCID.



This information has been contributed by Dr Vivien Challis.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Predicting Strength of Porous Materials: A Microstructure-Based Approach
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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