M.S. Licenciado en Matematicas, University of Buenos Aires, 1977​Ph.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.

Research Interests

  • Biomedical Data Sciences
  • Biotechnology and Biomolecular Engineering (Biomolecular Design, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering)
  • Grid/Cloud/High-performance Computing
  • Biomedical Data Sciences
  • Machine Learning
  • Computation Materials Science

Selected Publications

  • “Novel Protein Purification and Biophysical Characterization of Protein D/E from Rattus Norvegicus” , in preparation. Copeland, C.L., Socolovsky, E.A., Hall, J.C.
  • "Phase Field Computations of Single Needle Crystals, Crystal Growth and Motion by Mean Curvature", SIAM J. Sci. Comp. 15(1994)106-126 G. Caginalp and E. A. Socolovsky
  • "Computation of Sharp Phase Boundaries by Spreading: The Planar and Spherically Symmetric Cases", J. Comp. Physics 95,85-100, 1991 G. Caginalp and E. A. Socolovsky
  • "Efficient Computation of a Sharp Interfaces by Spreading Via Phase Field Methods", Appl. Math. Lett. 2(1989),117-120 G. Caginalp and E. A. Socolovsky
  • "Lagrangian Non-oscillatory and F.E.M. Schemes for the porous Media Equation", Computers and Mathematics with Applications 15(1988),611-617 E. A. Socolovsky
  • "On the Numerical Approximation of Finite Speed Diffusion Problems", Numerische Mathematik 53(1988),97-105 E. A. Socolovsky
  • "Difference Schemes for Degenerate Parabolic Equations", Mathematics of Computation, 47(1986), 411-420. E. A. Socolovsky
  • "Numerical Procedures for the Porous Media Equation", Computers and Mathematics with Applications, 11(1985), 315-319. R. C. MacCamy and E. A. Socolovsky
  • "A Coordinate Transformation for the Porous Media Equation that Renders the Free Boundary Stationary", Quarterly of Applied Mathematics, 42(1984), 345-357. M. E. Gurtin, R. C. MacCamy and E. A. Socolovsky
  • “Clustering Heterogeneously Distributed Data”, Proceedings of the Clustering and Classification Conference, Joint Annual Meeting of the Interface and the Classification Society, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, June 8-12, 2005 E A Socolovsky
  • "A Dissimilarity Measure for Clustering High- and Infinite Dimensional Data that Satisfies The Triangle Inequality”, ICASE I Rep # 43, NASA/CR-2002-212136, Dec 2002. E A Socolovsky
  • "Efficient Computation of Interfaces and Instabilities by Smoothing Via Phase Field Methods", Proceedings of Advances in Mathematics, Computations and Reactor Physics; American Nuclear Society, Pittsburgh, PA (1991). G. Caginalp and E. A. Socolovsky
  • "A Finite Element Procedure for the Porous Media Problem", in Advances in Computer Methods for PDE’s - V, R. Vichnevetsky and R. S. Stepleman Eds, (1984), 130-133 E. A. Socolovsky

Courses Taught

  • APMA 1110 (Calculus II)
  • APMA 2120 (Calculus III)
  • APMA 2130 (Differential Equations)
  • MATH 3000 (Transition to Higher Mathematics)
  • MATH 1140 ( Financial Mathematics)
  • CS 3330 (Computer Architecture)