Michael Sostarecz – October 2020

Michael Sostarecz

Professor, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science

Rm 347 Center for Science & Business 309-457-2355 Visit my website


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, Sostarecz spent two years as a visiting assistant professor in the University of Delaware Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Since 2006, Sostarecz has been a member of the Monmouth faculty, where he holds the position of associate professor of mathematics.


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 5,000 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.


B.S. – 1999, The Pennsylvania State University

Ph.D. – 2004; The Pennsylvania State University

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

Selected 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).