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Michael Sostarecz

Academic Biography:
Dr. Michael Sostarecz received his Ph. D. in mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University in 2004 where he combined analysis, computation, and experiments in studying viscoelastic fluids in the W. G. Pritchard Laboratories. After Penn State, Dr. Sostarecz spent two years in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Since 2006, Dr. Sostarecz has been a member of the faculty at Monmouth College where he currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Mathematics.

Research Interests:
My main goal and love of scholarship is to work on problems that apply mathematics to other disciplines. These projects often will be multi-faceted with analytical, experimental, and computational components.

My recent research focus has been centered around a high-speed camera capable of taking images at more than 5000 frames per second. In the teaching classroom and in student research projects, I use data acquired from these experimental images for data analysis, to motivate mathematical models, and to question and test analytical and numerical predictions.

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
M. C. Sostarecz and A. G. Sostarecz, “A Conceptual Approach to Limiting Reagent Problems”, J. Chem. Ed. 89(9), 1148-1151 (2012).

M. C. Sostarecz, E. Smith, and U. M. Moll, “p53 Ruptures Mitochondria”, Cell 149, Issue 7 Cover (2012).

T. Podgorski, M. C. Sostarecz, S. Zorman, and A. Belmonte, “Fingering instabilities of an interfacial micellar gel”, Phys. Rev. E 76, 016202 (2007).

M. C. Sostarecz and A. Belmonte, “Beads-on-string phenomena of wormlike micellar fluids”, Phys. Fluids 16(9), L67-L70 (2004).

M. C. Sostarecz and A. Belmonte, “Motion and shape of a viscoelastic drop falling through a viscous fluid”, J. Fluid Mech. 497, 235-252 (2003).

M. C. Sostarecz and A. Belmonte, “Dynamics inside polymer drops: From Dimple to Rayleigh Instability to Torus”, Phys. Fluids 15(9), S5 (2003).

L. Borucki, D. Alagoz, S. Hoogendoorn, S. Kakollu, M. Reznikoff, R. Schugart, and M. Sostarecz, “Modeling planarization in chemical-mechanical polishing”, IMA Preprint 1866-1 (2002).

Courses Taught:
MATH 151 Calculus I
MATH 253 Calculus III
MATH 254 Differential Equations
MATH 350 Complex Analysis
MATH 350 / PHYS 311 Mathematical Methods in Physics
MATH 350 Partial Differential Equations & Boundary Value Problems
MATH 430 Mathematical Modeling
MATH 106 Elementary Statistics
INTG 101 Introduction to the Liberal Arts
INTG 388 Reflections: Chaos, Randomness & Order, Free Will & Destiny

Ph.D. Mathematics The Pennsylvania State University 2004
B.S. Mathematics The Pennsylvania State University 1999

Contact Info:
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