Leader, Computational Modelling, CSIRO

Dr Paul Cleary leads a team of mathematicians and engineers doing research in computational fluid dynamics (CFD). His research team are regarded as world-leaders in discrete element modelling (DEM) and smooth particle hydronyamics (SPH) – branches of maths that are used to simulate and predict the movement of fluids.

His team has developed mathematical solutions for a diverse range of application areas, from mining to movies. These include:

- digital content generation for fluid special effects in movies and games
- simulation of industrial and mineral processing unit operations
- simulation of complex fluid flows such as material forming processes (casting and moulding, smelting and fragmentation)
- geophysical flows (dam collapses, tsunamis and volcanic lava flow).


  • –present
    Leader, Computational Modelling, CSIRO


  • 1988 
    Monash University, PhD/Applied Mathematics