Experiments Never Fail. (T.A, Edison). Either DO or DO NOT, there is no TRY. (Yoda)
Pavel Solin, Professor, University of Nevada, Reno

Welcome to Pavel Solin's Homepage

I am a Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics at the University of Nevada, Reno (visit page).

My Teaching Philosophy and NCLab

I do not believe that students can learn efficiently by sitting passively in lectures, listening to an instructor, or watching a video. They need to be active, and work through the material at their own pace, receiving as much or as little real-time help as needed. I also do not believe that all students learn at the same pace, or that there should be school years or semesters. This is called assembly line education and indeed it was established during the 2nd industrial revolution (A. Levine, S. Van Pelt: The Great Upheaval: Higher Education's Past, Present, and Uncertain Future, 2021). There is a much better way, called competency-based education (CBE), where students learn at their own pace. There is no doubt in my mind that CBE is the future. For this reason, in 2010 I founded NCLab, a competency-based online learning platform which puts the students in the driver's seat.

Course Materials (Spring 2023)


My research group develops advanced computational methods for multi-scale multi-physics problems
in civil, nuclear, electrical, and mechanical engineering. I am especially interested in monolithic
higher-order adaptive discretizations of time-dependent problems. Publications, CV, Research group




Last updated: August 2022