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Garrett R Love

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Assistant Professor
(919) 530-6574
(919) 530-7986
1247 Mary M. Townes Science Building


Classes: Earth Science, Hydrospheric Processes, Quantitative Techniques, Fluid Mechanics
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept of EEGS
NCCU 2020 Strategic Planning Committee
NCCU Retention Committee, Academic Programs Subcommittee
College of Science and Technology Curriculum Committee


A product of Aberdeen, ID and Tilton, NH, Garrett Love received his BS degree in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1991, followed by MS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from Duke University in 1997 and 2000, respectively. His academic studies have been complemented by a tour of service as a high school mathematics teacher at Central High School in Helena, Arkansas as part of the Arkansas/Mississippi Delta Corps of Teach for America (1991-1994), and by a 5-year stint (2001-2005) as a staff scientist with the Shodor Education Foundation, "a non-profit research and education organization dedicated to the advancement of science and math education, specifically through the use of modeling and simulation technologies".

Dr. Love joined the faculty of North Carolina Central University in the fall of 2005, and is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences.

Dr. Love's primary academic research area is in the field of computational mechanics, notably finite element methods for impact analysis. His doctoral dissertation, Velocity Update Algorithms for Transient Impact Problems: Consideration of Kinematic Discontinuities Within a Conserving Framework, and first published research contributions were completed at Duke under the advisorship of and in collaboration with Dr. Tod Laursen. He has been extensively involved in a number of educational development grants as staff and instructor of the National Computational Science Institute, the SuperComputing Educational Program for conferences in 2001-2004, the SCOLLARCITY Math Science Partnership in upstate New York and the REVITALISE collaboration between East Carolina University and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Urbana-Champagne, Illinois, among others. He maintains a website of personally created educational resources for computational science at and has applied this expertise towards the development of a proposed new Bachelor of Science degree in Computational Science at NCCU. He has developed recent research interests that support students in the Earth Science Master's program including remote detection of surface change and raster modeling using GIS.

In his non-academic time, Garrett coaches girls' soccer (ages 8-11) in Durham. His wife Hope is the theater teacher at East Chapel Hill High School and he has a 1-yr-old son.


PhD Duke University 2000
MS Duke University 1997
BS Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1991
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