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Nataliia Makedonska

Phone (505) 665-4716


  • Computational Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • Numerical modeling
  • Mathematics
  • Monte Carlo methods
  • Molecular dynamics
  • Deterministic Transport
  • Mesh generation
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • Open MPI development
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Geoscience
  • Geophysics
  • Subsurface flow and transport
  • Hydrology
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • High performance computing
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Earthquakes
  • Computational Physics and Applied Mathematics
  • Discrete Fracture Networks
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Multi-scale, multi-phase subsurface flow simulations
  • FEHM: Finite-Element Heat and Mass-Transfer
  • Oil and gas reservoir simulations


  • Development and implementation of a new approach to a particle transport modeling in three dimensional Discrete Fracture Networks (DFNs).

  • Modeling of reservoir-scale DFN for natural gas production analysis.

  • Numerical simulation of granular material using Discrete Element Method. Modeling of structural rock deformations:   a) simulation of dry granular material under shear;   b) numerical modeling of pressure dissolution process, including simulation of cohesive bonds between grains;  c) algorithm design for stylolites formation study.

  • Numerical simulation based on stochastic Monte Carlo technique: a) development of software for modeling multicomponent glassy systems;  b) implementation of the new Multilevel Algorithm to calculate physical properties of a single-component systems.

  • Development of the Multilevel Monte Carlo Algorithm with Fast Summation method to model point-dipole lattices and to indicate a phase transition.



  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, 01/2006 - 02/2011

             Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Dept. of Environmental Sciences & Energy Research.

            Thesis: Interplay of structure and dynamics of out of equilibrium systems: Glass and

                          Granular matter.

  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, 10/2002 - 06/2005

             M.Sc. in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics, Dept. of Computer Science and

                            Applied Mathematics.

            Thesis: Multilevel Monte Carlo method with Fast Summation for point-dipole lattices.


  • Kharkiv State Polytechnical University, Ukraine,  09/1993-02/1999

             B.Sc. and Specialist Degree in Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Automatics

                       and Instruments.

            Thesis: Methods and algorithms of medical diagnostic systems.


LANL Positions

Postdoctoral Researcher at Computational Earth Science Group, Subsurface Flow and Transport Team, EES-16.




Professional Societies


  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  •  American Nuclear Society (ANS)



Honorable mention at Postdoc Research Day, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2014.



  • Karra, S., Makedonska, N., Viswanathan, H.S., Painter, S.L., and Hyman, J.D., Effect of advective flow in fractures and matrix diffusion on natural gas production. Under review at GRL, 2014.
  • Makedonska, N., Painter, S.L., Bui, Q.M., Gable C.W., and Karra, S., Paticle tracking in three-dimensional Discrete Fracture Networks. Under review at Computational Geosciences, 2014. 
  • Hyman, J.D., Gable, C.W., , Painter, S.L., and Makedonska, N., Conforming Delaunay Triangulation of Stochastically Generated Three Dimensional Discrete Fracture Networks : A Feature Rejection Algorithm for Meshing Strategy, J.D Hyman, C.W. Gable, S.L.Painter, and N. Makedonska, SIAM J.Sci.Comput., 36, A1871-A1894, 2014.
  • Makedonska, N., Sparks, D., Aharonov, E., and Goren, L., Friction versus dilation revisited: insights from theoretical and numerical models, Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth; 116, B09302, 2011.

  • Makedonska, N., Goren, L., Sparks, D., and Aharonov, E.,  What controls the effective friction of shearing granular media?  Meso-Scale Shear Physics in Earthquake and Landslide Mechanics; Editors: Y. H. Hatzor, J. Sulem, I. Vardoulakis. p. 191, 2009.

  • Ilyin, V., Makedonska, N., Procaccia, I., and Schupper, N., Mechanical Properties of Glass Forming Systems,  Physical  Review  E, 76, 052401, 2007.

  • Hentschel, H.G.E., Ilyin, V., Makedonska, N., Procaccia, I., and Schupper, N.,Statistical mechanics of the glass transition as revealed by a Voronoi tesselation, Physical Review E, 75, 050404(R), 2007.

  • Aharonov, E., Bouchbinder, E., Ilyin, V., Makedonska, N., Procaccia, I., and Schupper, N., Direct Identification of the Glass Transition: Growing Length Scale and the Onset of Plasticity,  Europhys. Lett, 77, 56002, 2007.

  • Brandt, A., Ilyin, V., Makedonska, N., and Suwan, I., Multilevel Summation and Monte Carlo simulations, Journal of Molecular Liquids, 127, 37-39, 2006.

  • Eremenko, V.,  Makedonska, N.,  Makedonska, P., and  Sirenko, V., Computer-aided design of nitrogen-free helium cryostats,  Cryogenics, 41, 549-555, 2001.