Joe F. Thompson, Ph.D.

Joe F. Thompson

Emeritus Professor

William L. Giles Emeritus Distinguished Professor
DoD PET Center, HPC2
P 662.325.7299


Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1971.
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1963.
B.S., Physics, Mississippi State University, 1961.

Joe F. Thompson joined the Aerospace Engineering faculty at Mississippi State University in 1964. He received his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering as an NSF Science Faculty Fellow from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1971.

National Committees

  • President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) (1997-2001)
  • Networking and Information Technology Technical Advisory Group of PCAST.
  • DOE Climate Change Prediction Program Advisory Committee
  • Keynote Committee Chair, Supercomputing 2000
  • Program Committee, Supercomputing ’96
  • Program Committee, Supercomputing ’94
  • HPC Challenge Judge, Supercomputing ’96
  • HPC Challenge Judge, Supercomputing ’95
  • NSF Gateway Engineering Education Coalition Review Team (1994-1997)
  • NSF Supercomputer Centers Program Plan Review Panel (1994-1995)
  • National Research Council Associates Panel (1985-1995)
  • Army Research Laboratory Technical Advisory Board (1993-1995)
  • Department of Energy Applied Mathematics Review Panel (1994)
  • Department of Energy Advanced Biotechnology Initiative Panel (1994)
  • AIAA Fluid Mechanics Technical Committee (1978-1980)

Teaching Areas

  • Numerical Grid Generation
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

Research Areas

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical Grid Generation

Funding Agencies

  • National Science Foundation
  • Argonne National Laboratory
  • Lockheed
  • General Electric
  • TRW
  • Calspan
  • US. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station
  • Pratt-Whitney
  • Mobil
  • Boeing
  • General Motors
  • DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program


  • Thompson, J. F., Soni, B. K., Weatherhill, N. (Eds.) Handbook for Grid Generation, CRC Press, 1999.
  • Tucker, A. (Ed.) Handbook for Computer Science and Engineering (Editorial Board, Editor for Computational Science Section), CRC Press, 1997.
  • Pilkington, T. C., Loftis, B., Thompson, J. F., Et al. (Eds.) High Performance Computing in Biomedical Research, CRC Press, 1992.
  • Sengupta, S., Hauser, J., Eisenman, P. R. Thompson, J. F., (Eds.), Numerical Grid Generation in Computational Fluid Dynamics '88, Pineridge Press, 1988.
  • Thompson, J. F., Warsi, Z. U. A., Mastin, C. W., Numerical Grid Generation: Foundations and Applications, North-Holland, 1985. (Available on the Web at
  • Thompson, J. F. (Ed.), Numerical Grid Generation, North-Holland, 1982.

Select Journal Publications

  • Thompson, J.F., "Introduction to 'Numerical Solution of the Quasilinear Poisson Equation in a Nonuniform Triangle Mesh'," Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 135, pp. 126-127, 1997.
  • Thompson, J.F., "The Experts Have Spoken. Who will Listen?", Computers in Physics, Volume 10, No. 2, p.101, March-April 1996.
  • Chrisochodies, N., Fox, G., and Thompson, J. F., "Menus-PGG: A Mapping Environment for Unstructured and Structured Numerical Parallel Grid Generation," Contemporary Mathematics, Volume 10, No. 2, p. 101. March-April 1996.
  • Donohoe, J.P., Jiang, M.Y., Thompson, J.F., and Miller, D.B., "Computational Simulation of Electric Fields Surrounding Power Transmission and Distribution Lines," The Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society Journal, Volume 8, No. 2, pp. 4-16, 1993.

Select Conference Proceedings

  • Thompson, J.F.,"Grid Tracks", Computational Aerodynamcis: Past, Present & Future(Honoring the 60th Birthday of Dr. Paul Rubbert), Seattle, WA, September 1997.
  • Thompson, J.F., Testimony, "Hearing on the Next Generation Internet Initiative," Before the Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC, September 1997.
  • Thompson, J.F., "Visualization: A National Perspective," ICASE/LaRC Symposium on Visualizing Time-Varying Data, Williamburg, VA, September 1995.

Honors and Awards

  • Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi.
  • Faculty Achievement Award for Service, Mississippi State University, 1996.
  • Career Achievement Award, College of Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1993.
  • AIAA Aerodynamics Award, 1992.
  • Commanders Award for Public Service, Department of the Army, 1992.
  • HEADWAE Award from Mississippi Legislature, 1989.
  • Outstanding faculty Award, College of Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1998.
  • Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching and Research, Mississippi State Univeristy, 1975.
  • ASEE Southeastern Research Unit Award for Research, 1975.

Professional Memberships

  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics(AIAA), Associate Fellow
  • International Society of Grid Generation
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • IEEE Computer Society
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society
  • Mississippi State Academy of Sciences