Keaton Burns

Keaton Burns

Instructor in Applied Mathematics

Office: 2-179


PDEs, Spectral Methods, Fluid Dynamics


Keaton Burns received his BA in Applied Mathematics, Physics, and Astrophysics from UC Berkeley in 2012, his MASt in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge in 2013, and his PhD in Physics from MIT in 2018. He was a Flatiron Research Fellow at the Center for Computational Astrophysics until 2019, when he joined the MIT Department of Mathematics as an Instructor.

Keaton's research focuses on developing and applying high-order numerical methods for solving PDEs. He is the lead developer of the Dedalus Project, a flexible framework for solving PDEs with modern spectral methods. He uses these methods to study diverse problems in astrophysical, geophysical, and biological fluid dynamics.