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Niall Bootland is a member of the Computational Mathematics Group at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He completed his doctorate under Prof Andy Wathen at the University of Oxford in collaboration with the US Army Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory. Here he worked on scalable two-phase flow solvers, in particular focusing on preconditioning for variable coefficient Navier–Stokes equations. Following this he worked with Prof Victorita Dolean at the University of Strathclyde as a research associate in scientific computing of wave scattering problems and applications. This work focused on domain decomposition methods for solving frequency domain wave propagation problems, such as those modelled by the heterogeneous Helmholtz or time-harmonic Maxwell equations.

His wider interests lie in computational methods for solving challenging problems rooted in applications, typically stemming from PDE models which are discretised by finite elements, and developing novel algorithms that are efficient and robust to model parameters. The focus of his work is primarily on the numerical linear algebra tools that are at the centre of effective computational simulations.​