Mengyuan Ding

Mengyuan Ding

  • UCLA Department of Mathematics
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  • About Me

    I am a PhD candidate in Applied Math at UCLA and this is my fifth year in the program. I'm expected to graduate in June 2020. I have passed the qualifying exams in Numerical Analysis and Applied Differential Equations.

    I received my bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2015.

    My research interests include computational Math, physics based simulation for graphics, image processing, and scientific computing. I am currently working under the guidance of Prof.Joseph Teran. Check out the link here for some cool stuff our group does!


  • A Thermomechanical Material Point Method for Baking and Cooking   (SIGGRAPH Asia 2019)
  • Mengyuan Ding, Xuchen Han, Stephanie Wang, Theodore Gast, Joseph Teran

    [paper]   [techdoc]

  • Simulation and Visualization of Ductile Fracture with the Material Point Method   (SCA 2019 Best Paper Award)
  • Stephanie Wang, Mengyuan Ding, Theodore Gast, Leyi Zhu, Steven Gagniere, Chenfanfu Jiang, Joseph Teran


    Work Experiences

  • FX-R&D Intern at DreamWorks Animation, L.L.C.
  • Oct 2019 - Dec 2019

    Worked closely with effects artists and developed graphics software tools with physics based simulation to help with the movie productions.

  • Research Scientist Intern at Forma Technologies, Inc.
  • Jun 2019 - Sept 2019

    Joined a Computer Vision team that works on creating digital avatars for real-time virtual outfit try-on from a single user input image using deep llearning and graphics technologies. Created ready-to-use digital garments for users to try on that can be customized and support outfit mix-and-match. The clothes geometries are simulated using Houdini Vellum cloth solver, reference clothes images with fabric texture applied are rendered in Blender Cycles engine. Wrote a Python script to apply user-customized texture images to garments, and layer them in assigned order to produce the final outfit.


    I have TA-ed for a variety of undergraduate lower and upper division Math courses, including Linear Algebra and Ordinary Differential Equations. Here are my teaching evaluations.

    Fun Facts

    Some of my favorite things in the world are math, books, Teddy bear, calligraphy, ukulele, Pikachu, songs by Ed Sheeran, 3D origami, my two fuzzy cats, and sunny winter days, not necessarily in order.