Daniel Førland Holmen is joining the CSD
Daniel Holmen is a new Ph.D. student at the Department of Mathematics and his project is part of the Center for Modeling of Coupled Subsurface Dynamics. We met him to find out more about his background and the project.
Daniel, Welcome to the University of Bergen.
Thank you! Although I am not completely new to the University, I appreciate the gesture and I look forward to being part of the CSD group.
Since most of us don’t know you well, can you tell us a bit about your background?
I am originally from Sola, which is few minutes away from Stavanger. I moved to Bergen to study pure mathematics, as part of the analysis group. I wrote my master’s thesis titled ‘Geometry of embedded CR manifolds’ under the supervision of Erlend Grong. CR geometry is an area of mathematics which can be seen as an intersection between real differential geometry and complex geometry.
Why did you choose to pursue a PhD?
I decided that I wanted to pursue a PhD at some point during 2nd year while writing my master’s thesis. I enjoyed the process of working on a bigger problem and I want to do research in mathematics. Another motivating factor was attending seminars and conferences as a master student; it is inspiring to listen to other people talk passionately about their research.
Your PhD project is part of the CSD, can you tell us a little bit about your project?
The project deals with mixed-dimensional geometry, which has applications in modelling of fractures in porous media. The goal of the PhD project is to further the development of the mathematical foundation for mixed-dimensional geometry and mixed-dimensional partial differential equations. I look forward to learning a lot from my supervisors, Jan Martin Nordbotten and Jon Eivind Vatne.