BioM.S. Licenciado en Matematicas, University of Buenos Aires, 1977Ph.D. Mathematics, Carnegie-Mellon University, 1984
"My students learn the math and computational foundation they need to be successful in their work and study. I pioneered current Phase Field modeling."Eduardo A. Socolovsky, Lecturer, Applied Mathematics (APMA)
I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where I attended the Ward, Burmeister, Republic of Cuba and Nicolas Avellaneda Schools for my K-12 education.
I entered the Physics program at the School of Science of the University of Buenos Aires after passing the one year admission course. I later had to switch to the Mathematics and Scientific Computation programs because a military coup sent riot police that assaulted science faculty, and the University closed causing a large portion of Physics and other science professors to resign or emigrate.
I had an internship as an Assembler programmer at the Bureau of Roads of the national government of Argentina. While still a student, I joined Pfizer Argentina where I worked as a COBOL and scientific analyst and programmer.
Afterwards I became research staff at the School of Engineering of the University of Buenos Aires until an authoritarian government closed the University. Our research group moved to the National Institute of Hydric Science and Technology (INCYTH).
While at INCYTH my research included pollution modeling of an aluminum smelter, new algorithms for the selection of optimal subsets of meteorological observation stations, and fast Poisson solvers, with reports presented at appropriate conferences.
Contemporaneously with obtaining my Master, I joined the National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina. There I developed an interactive system for the calibration of neutron sensors using military norms with two algorithms: linear programming and minimization without derivatives. Also developed quadruple precision Assembler linear algebra required in the simulation of fracture in reactor fuel rods.
I enrolled in the Mathematics PhD program at Carnegie-Mellon University, where I graduated at the top of my class. My dissertation was in nonlinear finite speed diffusion with a classical Lagrangean coordinate approach, in addition to a more general nonlinear semigroup of operators methods. As an RA I worked in the finite element/differences simulation of electric arcs.
I took an assistant professor position at UConn, and returned to the University of Pittsburgh as research assistant professor where my research collaborators worked and my wife was a student. Then I became a tenured Associate Professor at Hampton University, and spent my sabbatical and summers working on Knowledge Discovery from Data at NASA Langley. Then I worked at Norfolk State University in the Math Department and became research staff at its Center for Biotechnology. NIH funding ceased soon after the financial crisis, so I joined UVA.