Michael Doescher

Michael Doescher

Michael Doescher
Computer Graphics Laboratory
Department of Computer Sciences
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1020 W Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53706

Email: mdoescher@wisc.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

I am a graduate student in Computer Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working toward my PhD under the supervision of Eftychios Sifakis. My current research focus on computational geometry, solvers for linear systems, computer graphics, scientific computing, physics-based modeling and simulation, and their applications in the physical sciences and engineering.

Some of my recent work has targeted the linear system of equations resulting from grid based discretizations of elastic models. Our methods merge elements of both direct and iterative solvers to reduce the storage footprint and memory-bound nature of traditional solution techniques while leveraging opportunities for SIMD and thread-based parallelism. I am also working on developing numerically robust algorithms for cutting tetrahedral meshes. Our method uses geometric predicates that operate on pristine input coordinates in a manner that minimizes the depth of the algebraic tree and integrates adaptive arithmetic for any computation that requires additional precision.

As a chemist my research investigated charge transport through self-assembled monolayers of conjugated organic molecules, nanoelectrode fabrication and characterization, sol-gel synthesis of porous metal oxides aerogels and electrochemical characterization of proton conductivity within these structures, holographic film synthesis, and the fundamental magnetic properties of electron transport through electrochemically fabricated segmented nickel-bismuth-nickel nanowires.

Professional Experience and Education

2013 - presentGraduate Student in Computer Sciences - University of Wisconsin-Madison - PhD anticipated 2019
2015 MS - Computer Sciences - University of Wisconsin-Madison
2011-2013 Associate Professor - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry - Benedictine College
2005-2011 Assistant Professor - Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry - Benedictine College
2006 Research Scientist - MRSEC Program - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
2002-2005 Postdoctoral Researcher - Naval Research Laboratory - Washington, DC
1997-2002 PhD - Physical Chemistry - University of South Carolina
1993-1997 BS - Chemistry and Biology - Luther College


Computer Science

  1. N. Mitchell, M. Doescher, E. Sifakis. "A Macroblock optimization for Grid-Based Nonlinear Elasticity." Eurographics/ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Computer Animation, 2016. [pdf]


  1. C. Laberty-Robert, J.W. Long, E.M. Lucas, K.A. Pettigrew, R.M. Stroud, M.S. Doescher, and D.R. Rolison. “Sol-gel derived ceria nanoarchitectures: Synthesis characterization and electrical properties.” Chem. Mater. 2006, 18¸50-58.
  2. M.S. Doescher, J.J. Pietron, B.M. Dening, J.W. Long, C.P. Rhodes, C.A. Edmondson, and D.R. Rolison. “Using an oxide nanoarchitecture to make or break a proton wire.” Anal. Chem. 2005, 77, 7924-7932.
  3. P. E. Colavita, P. Miney, L. Taylor, M.S. Doescher, A. Molliet, J. Reddic, J. Zhou, D. Pearson, D. Chen and M. L. Myrick. "Copper Coated Self-Assembled Monolayers: Alkanethiols and Prospective Molecular Wires" Topics in Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Volume 8: Radiative Decay Engineering, C.D. Geddes and J.R. Lakowicz, eds., Springer Science and Business Media: New York, 2005, pages 275-303.
  4. E.M. Lucas, M.S. Doescher, D.M. Ebenstein, K.J. Wahl, and D.R. Rolison. “Silica aerogels with enhanced durability, 30-nm mean pore size, and improved immersibility in liquids.” J. Non-Cryst. Solids. 2004, 108, 244-252.
  5. C.P. Rhodes, J.W. Long, M.S. Doescher, B.M. Dening, and D.R. Rolison. “Charge insertion into hybrid nanoarchitectures: mesoporous manganese oxide coated with ultrathin poly(phenylene oxide).” J. Non-Cryst. Solids. 2004, 350, 73-79.
  6. C.P. Rhodes, J.W. Long, M.S. Doescher, J.J. Fontanella, and D.R. Rolison. “Nanoscale polymer electrolytes: ultrathin electrodeposited poly(phenylene oxide) with solid-state ionic conductivity.” J. of Phys. Chem. B 2004, 108, 13079.
  7. M.S. Doescher, U. Evans, P.E. Colavita, P.G. Miney, and M.L. Myrick. “Construction of a nanowell electrode array by electrochemical gold stripping and ion bombardment.” Electrochem. Solid State Lett. 2003, 6, C112.
  8. P.E. Colavita, M.S. Doescher, A. Molliet, U. Evans, J. Reddic, J. Zhou, D. Chen, P.G. Miney, and M.L. Myrick. “Effects of metal coating on self-assembled monolayers on gold. 1. copper on dodecanethiol and octadecanethiol.” Langmuir 2002, 18, 8503.
  9. U. Evans, P.E. Colavita, M.S. Doescher, M. Schiza, and M.L. Myrick. “Construction and characterization of a nanowell electrode array.” Nano Lett. 2002, 2, 641.
  10. M.S. Doescher, J.M. Tour, A.M. Rawlett, and M.L. Myrick. “Stripping voltammetry of Cu overlayers deposited on self-assembled monolayers: field emission of electrons through a phenylene ethynylene oligomer.” J. Phys. Chem. 2001, 105, 105.
  11. U. Evans, O. Soyemi, M.S. Doescher, U. Bunz, L. Kloppenberg, and M.L. Myrick. “Spectroelectrochemical study of the oxidative doping of polydialkylphenyleneethynene using iterative target transformation factor analysis.” The Analyst 2001, 126, 508.
  12. A.D. Cohen, A.M. Bailey, M.L. Myrick, M.S. Doescher, W.C. Riese, S. Thibodeaux, and R. Enrico. “Applications of atomic force microscopy to study of artificially coalified peats.” Soc. Org. Petrology 1998, 15, 23.