Linda Petzold

Linda Petzold

Mehrabian Distinguished Professor
Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science

Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering


(805) 893-5362
3106 Bio Engineering Building

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Member of : 

National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences

Fellow of: 

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Association for Computing Machinery, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering


Sidney Fernbach Award, IEEE Computer Society; ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering, SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession, AWM/SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer, Dahlquist Prize, Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software


Bioengineering, Systems Biology, Micro & Nano Technology, Computational Science and Engineering

Her research is focused on modeling, analysis, simulation and software, applied to multiscale, networked systems in biology, materials and social networks. Her research group has been developing advanced algorithms for discrete stochastic simulation of systems where the fate of a few key molecules can make a big difference to important outcomes.  We engage with experimentalists through the analysis of data and the development of mathematical models that yield insight and suggest new directions for research.  Current collaborations range from biology(circadian rhythm (jet lag), and cell polarization), to medicine (coagulopathy and post-traumatic stress disorder), to ecology (chytrid disease in frogs), to social networks  (sentiment analysis and opinion dynamics). Her group is collaborating with Prof. Chandra Krintz on the development of an integrated, cloud-based environment called Stochastic Simulation Service (StochSS) for modeling and simulation of biological processes


Department of Mathematics; Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies; Center of Multiscale Analysis, Software and Simulation, Center for Bioengineering; Center for Control, Dynamical Systems & Computation; Center for Information Technology & Society


PhD Computer Science, University of Illinois
BA Mathematics/Computer Science, University of Illinois