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MS Faculty - Steven D London

Steven D. London


Office: S715

Precollege education in the Chicago Public Schools. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I spent two years in the Peace Corps teaching mathematics and physics in Ghana. After returning from the Peace Corps, I obtained a master's degree in Sanitary (now Environmental) Engineering and worked for the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago for a year as an Engineer. I then obtained a Ph.D in applied mathematics and was a teaching assistant for most of the time. I also worked as an engineer for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for part of this time. After receiving my Ph.D, I took a job as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University from 1977-1982, I came to University of Houston-Downtown in 1982 and have been here ever since. 

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Monday-Thursday, 2-3 PM

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics , University of Wisconsin 

  • Master of Science in Sanitary Engineering,University of Illinois, 1969 

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics, University of Michigan

Math 0300, 1300,1301 1302, 1305, 1306 1304, 1404, 2401, 2402, 2403, Linear Algebra, Numerical Methods, Ordinary differential equations, Partial Differential Equations, Complex Analysis, Real Analysis, Senior Projects, Senior Seminar, a  Fortran Course, Actuarial Mathematics, possibly a elementary statistics course, Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers, A mathematics course for high school teachers.  

  • ​​Professor, University of Houston-Downtown, Department of ​Mathematics & Statistics. 1982-present.

  • Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, Department of Mathematics,1977-1982.

  • Civil Engineer, State of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1974-1977.

  • Civil Engineer, Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago, 1968-1969. 

  • Secondary School Teacher, U.S. Peace Corps, Ghana,  1965-1967.​​​


Solitary Waves in Shallow Water Hydrodynamics and Magnetohydrodynamics in Rotating Spherical Coordinates,  Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics,  112(1), 2018

Solitary Waves in Shallow Water Magnetohydrodynamics, Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics,  111(2), 2017

Weakly Nonlinear Magnetic Equatorial Kelvin Waves in Rotating Spherical Coordinates, to appear in Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics.

Weakly Nonlinear Shallow Water Magnetohydrodynamic Waves,  Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 108(3), 2014

Hydromagnetic Waves in a Thin Rotating Spherical Shell, Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics,105(6), 2011.  

Nonlinear Waves in Rotating Magnetohydrodynamics, Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 103(4), 2009.

Resistive wave breaking in the Earth's outer core,  Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 99(5), 2005

Academic Interest

Geophysical fluid dynamics: I study wave propagation in geophysical fluids (oceans, atmosphere, Earth's deep interior) using simplifying approximations. My most recent work involves wave propagation associated with the behavior of the Earth's magnetic field.  


NSF Grant EAR-8606394, RUI: Weakly nonlinear hydromagnetic waves in a rotating spherical shell, 7/86-2/88, $25,006.
NSF Grant EAR-8802767, RUI: Hydromagnetic waves in a thick rotating spherical shell, 8/88-1/91, $37,259.
NSF Grant EAR-9204460, RUI: Slow hydromagnetic waves in a magnetostrophic regime, 8/92-7/94, $40,000.

Research Interest

My primary interest is in geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics. I use certain approximations to simplify the complicated equations governing these phenomena. The problems I usually work on are related to the generation and behavior of the magnetic fields of various objects, including the Earth, other planets, and the sun. I have a secondary interest (but haven't done much) in mathematically modeling certain biological problems, in particular, some problems in cell signaling.

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