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John A. Pelesko
Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Delaware
Ewing Hall Room 406
Newark, DE 197162553
3028314455
pelesko@math.udel.edu


Education
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, N.J.
Ph.D. Mathematical Sciences, 1997
Thesis Title: Diffusive and Wavelike Phenomena in Thermal Processing
of Materials
Thesis Advisor: Gregory
A. Kriegsmann
University of Massachusetts
Boston, MA
B.S. Pure Mathematics, Cum Laude, Distinction in Pure Mathematics,
1992


Professional Experience
University of Delaware,
Newark, DE. Assistant Professor (Sept 2002 to present). Instructor
for an undergraduate course in ordinary
differential equations. Actively pursuing research
interests in asymptotic methods, mathematical modeling and
scientific computing. Currently studying problems related to the
design and function of micro and nanoelectromechanical system
(MEMS and NEMS). 
Georgia Institute of Technology,
Atlanta, GA. Assistant Professor (August 1999 to present). Instructor
for a graduate course in industrial mathematics . Instructor for
undergraduate courses in mathematical methods and calculus. Actively
pursuing research interests in asymptotic methods, mathematical
modeling and scientific computing. Currently studying a variety
of problems related to the design and function of microelectromechancial
systems (MEMS) and nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS). Continuing
research efforts on problems arising in materials science and
materials processing. 
California Institute of Technology,
Pasadena, CA. Von Karman Instructor (October 1997 to August 1999).
Instructor for a year long graduate course in perturbation methods,
19971998, and a year long course in methods of applied mathematics,
19981999. Actively pursued research interests in asymptotic methods,
mathematical modeling and scientific computing. Studied a variety
of problems arising in materials science and materials processing.

New Jersey Institute of Technology,
Newark, NJ. Special Lecturer (January 1997 to May 1997). Instructor
for undergraduate course in ordinary differential equations. 


Additional Experience
New Jersey Institute
of Technology, Newark, N.J. Research Assistant/ Teaching Assistant
May 1994 to May 1997  Research assistant to Prof.
G.A. Kriegsmann. Modeled and analyzed a
sequence of industrial problems arising in the
thermal processing of materials.
Summer 1993  Research assistant to Prof.
B. Bukiet. Aided in the development and testing of
a new numerical method applicable to first order
nonlinear hyperbolic differential equations.
September 1992 to May 1994  Conducted weekly recitation
sections and tutored students in precalculus
through advanced calculus in the University Learning
Center. Instructor for two terms of undergraduate
precalculus.


Courses Taught
University of Delaware  Math 341, Math
352, Math 810, Math 512, Math 824, Math 243, Math 518.
Georgia Institute of Technology  Math 6514, Industrial Mathematics,
Math 6515, Industrial
Mathematics II, Math 4581a, Classical Mathematical Methods in
Engineering, Math 1502, Calculus II.
California Institute of Technology  AMa 151, Perturbation Methods,
AMa 101, Methods of Applied
Mathematics.
New Jersey Institute of Technology  MA 103, University Mathematics,
two semesters, MA 222,
Differential Equations.

Honors
Best Paper in Section, AICHE Student
Conference, Bridgewater, N.J., March 1997.

Best Paper in Section, SIAM Student
Conference and SEAS Meeting, Clemson, S.C., March 1996.

Distinction in Pure Mathematics, University
of Massachusetts, June 1992.

Outstanding Alumni Award, New Jersey
Institute of Technology, May 2003



Publications
B. Bukiet, J.A. Pelesko, X.L. Li and
P.L. Sachdev, "A Characteristic Based Numerical Method with
Tracking for Nonlinear Wave Equations," Computers and Mathematics
with Applications, v. 31, no. 7, pp. 7599, 1996.

J.A. Pelesko and G.A. Kriegsmann, "Microwave
Heating of Ceramic Laminates," Materials Research Society
Symposium Proceedings, Pittsburgh, P.A., pp. 184189,
Materials Research Society, April 1996.

J.A. Pelesko and G.A. Kriegsmann,
"Microwave Heating of Ceramic Laminates," The Journal of
Engineering Mathematics, v. 32, pp. 118, 1997.

P. Guidotti and J.A. Pelesko, "Transient
Instability in Case II Diffusion," Journal of Polymer Science,
Part B, v. 36, pp. 29412947, 1998.

J.A. Pelesko, "Nonlinear Stability
Considerations in Thermoelastic Contact," ASME Journal
of Applied Mechanics, v. 66, pp. 109116, 1999.

J.A. Pelesko and G.A. Kriegsmann, "Microwave
Heating of Ceramic Composites," IMA Journal of Applied
Mathematics, v. 64, pp. 3950, 2000.

D. Bernstein, P. Guidotti and J.A.
Pelesko, "Mathematical Analysis of Electrostatically Actuated
MEMS Devices," Proceedings of MSM 2000, San Diego,
CA, pp. 489492, 2000.

J.A. Pelesko and A.A. Triolo, "Nonlocal
Problems in MEMS Device Control," Proceedings of MSM
2000, San Diego, CA, pp. 509512, 2000.

J.A. Pelesko, "Nonlinear Stability,
Thermoelastic Contact and the Barber Condition," ASME Journal
of Applied Mechanics, v. 68, pp. 2833, 2001.

J.A. Pelesko, "Multiple Solutions
in Electrostatic MEMS," Proceedings of MSM 2001,
Hilton Head, SC, pp. 290293. 2001.

J.A. Pelesko, "Electrostatic Field
Approximations and Implications for MEMS Devices," ESA
2001 Proceedings, pp. 126137.

J.A. Pelesko and A.A. Triolo, "Nonlocal
Problems in MEMS Device Control," Journal of Engineering
Mathematics, v. 41, pp. 345366, 2001.

D.D. Quinn and J.A. Pelesko, "Generic
Unfolding of the Thermoelastic Contact Instability," International
Journal of Solids and Structures, v. 39, pp. 145157,
2002.

J.A. Pelesko, "Mathematical Modeling
of Electrostatic MEMS with Tailored Dielectric Properties,"
SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, v. 62,
pp. 888908, 2002.

J.A. Pelesko and X.Y. Chen,
"Electrostatically Deflected Circular Elastic Membranes,"
Journal of Electrostatics, v. 57, 1, pp. 112, 2003.

J.A. Pelesko, D.H. Bernstein,
and J. McCuan, "Symmetry and Symmetry Breaking in Electrostatic
MEMS," Proceedings of MSM 2003, pp. 304307, 2003.

G. Flores, G.A. Mercado, and J.A. Pelesko, "Dynamics
and Touchdown in Electrostatic MEMS," Transactions of
ASME 2003, pp. 18, 2003.

J.A. Pelesko and G. Goldsztein,
"Electrostatic Deflection of Volume Constrained MEMS,"
Proceedings of ICMENS 2003, pp. 7680, 2003.

G. Flores, G.A. Mercado, and
J.A. Pelesko, "Dynamics and Touchdown in Electrostatic
MEMS," Proceedings of ICMENS 2003, pp. 182187,
2003.

S. Ai and J.A. Pelesko, "Periodic
Solutions of a Canonical MEMS/NEMS Model," Journal of Discrete
and Continuous Dynamical Systems, 2002, in press.

J.L. Jordan, J.A. Pelesko, and N.N.
Thadani, "A Predictive KineticsBased Model for Solid
State Reaction Synthesis of Ti3SiC2," Journal of Materials
Research, in press.

J.A. Pelesko, "Generalizing
the ConwayHofstadter $10,000 Sequence," Journal of Integer
Sequences, v. 7, Article 04.3.5, 2004.

J.A. Pelesko and G. Goldsztein,
"Modeling Constrained Capacitive Systems," Journal
of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience, in press.

J.A. Pelesko, M. Cesky, and S.
Huertas, "Lenz's Law and Dimensional Analysis," Am.
J. of Phys., v. 73, p. 37, 2005.

J.A. Pelesko, "A SelfOrganizing
Bucket Brigade," Proceedings of ICMENS 2004, pp. 212217.

J.A. Pelesko and T.A. Driscoll,
"Approximations in Canonical Electrostatic MEMS Models,"
Journal of Engineering Mathematics, submitted October 2004.




Nonrefereed Publications
A. Crowe, K. Gurski, J.A. Pelesko
and J. Spencer, "Improved Estimation of the Heat Transfer Characteristics
of a Power Condenser," Claremont Colleges Mathematics Modeling
Workshop Proceedings, Claremont, C.A., pp. 5980,
June, 1994.

M. Booty, M. DeBonis, D.A.
Edwards, D.A. French, A. Fitt, P. Howell, J. King and J.A. Pelesko,
"Thermomechanical Models of Air Gap Nucleation During Pure Metal
Solidification on Moving Molds with Periodic Surface Topographies,"
Fourteenth Annual Workshop on Mathematical Problems
in Industry Proceedings, Troy, N.Y., June, 1998.

D.A. French, J.A. Pelesko and
R. Braun, "Mathematical Model for Epitaxial Semiconductor Crystal
Growth from the Vapor Phase on a Masked Substrate," Fifteenth
Annual Workshop on Mathematical Problems in Industry
Proceedings, Newark, D.E., June 1999.

A.A. Lacey et.al., "Corning:
Inverse Problems for Glass," Sixteenth Annual Workshop on
Mathematical Problems in Industry Proceedings, Newark,
D.E., June 2000.

C. Please, J.A. Pelesko, et.
al., "Optimal Wear for a Laying Pipe," Nineteeth
Annual Workshop on Mathematical Problems in Industry Proceedings,
Worcester, M.A., June 2003.

R. Braun, J.A. Pelesko, et.
al., "A Network Model of Alcoholism and Alcohol Policy,"
Twentieth Annual Workshop on Mathematical Problems in Industry
Proceedings, Newark, D.E.., June 2004.


Books and Book Chapters
J.A. Pelesko and D. Bernstein,
"Modeling MEMS and NEMS," Chapman & Hall/CRC Press,
2003.

J.A. Pelesko, "Electrostatics
in MEMS and NEMS," an invited contribution to "Trends
in Nanoscale Mechanics: Analysis of Nanostructured Materials
and MultiScale Modeling," Kluwer, 2003.

J.A. Pelesko, "Modeling MEMS and
NEMS," an invited contribution to The Electrical Engineering
Handbook, CRC Press, 2004.




Publications in Preparation

G. Flores, G.A. Mercado, and
J.A. Pelesko, "Dynamics and Touchdown in Electrostatic
MEMS," in preparation.

P. Vasquez and J.A. Pelesko,
"Optimal Design of a MEMS Microneedle," in preparation.




Recent Scientific Activites
"Electrostatic Deflections,"
talk presented at Berkeley, December 2004.

"Dynamics in Electrostatic
MEMS," talk presented at Virginia Tech, October 2004.

"MEMS, Random Packing and Self
Assembly," talk presented at University of Georgia, September
2004.

"MEMS, Random Packing and Self
Assembly," talk presented at Georgia Tech, September
2004.

"A SelfOrganizing Bucket Brigade,"
talk ICMENS 2004, Banff, Canada.

"Random packing from Newark to
Boston to Cork and back," talk presented at MEC Lab Brown
Bag Seminar, April 2004.

"Asymptotics, MEMS and NEMS,"
invited talk presented at HAMSA 2004, University College Cork,
March 2004.

"Modeling Electrostatic
MEMS and NEMS," invited talk presented at UMBC, October
2003.

"Dynamics of Pullin in
Electrostatic MEMS," talk presented at ASME IDETC 2003,
Chicago, IL.

"Electrostatic Deflections
of Volume Constrained MEMS," talk presented at ICMENS 2003,
July 2003, Banff, Canada.

"Modeling Electrostatic
MEMS and NEMS", invited talk presented in the EE Department,
Univ. of Delaware, May, 2003.

Session coorganizer  "Electrostatics
in micro and nanoscale science," for ICMENS 2003, July
2003

Session coorganizer  "Fundamentals
in Microsystems," for MSM 2003, San Francisco, February
2003.

"Electrostatic Deflections
in MEMS and NEMS", invited talk presented at UNAM, Mexico,
November, 2003.

"Electrostatics, MEMS,
and NEMS," invited talk presented at the University of
Arizona Applied Mathematics Colloquium, September 2002.

Session coorganizer  "Fundamentals
in Microsystems," for session held at MSM 2002, Puerto
Rico, April 2002.

Session organizer  "MEMS
and Minimal Surfaces," for session held at AMS/MAA Joint
Sectional Meeting, Georgia Institute of Technology, March 2002.

"MEMS and Minimal Surfaces,"
talk presented at the AMS/MAA Joint Sectional Meeting, Georgia
Institute of Technology, March 2002.

"Mathematical Modeling of Microsystems,"
invited talk presented at the University of Delaware Applied
Mathematics Seminar, February 2002.

"Electrostatic Field Approximations
and Implications for MEMS Devices," invited talk presented
at ESA 2001, June 2001.

"Mathematical Modeling of Electrostatic
MEMS," talk presented in minisymposium (below) at SIAM 2001
annual meeting, San Diego, CA 2001.

Minisymposium coorganizer (with David
A. Edwards, Univ. of Del.)  "Perturbation Methods in
Modern Applied Problems" for minisymposium to be held at SIAM
2001 annual meeting, San Diego, CA 2001.

"Multiple Solutions in Electrostatic
MEMS," talk presented at MSM 2001, Hilton Head, SC, March
2001.

"Mathematical Modeling of Electrostatic
MEMS," talk presented in the Dynamics Seminar for the School
of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, January
2001.

"Mathematical Modeling of Electrostatic
MEMS," invited talk presented at the NJIT Mathematics Department
Colloquium, November 10, 2000.

"Mathematical Modeling of Electrostatic
MEMS  An Overview," talk presented to the MEMS Research Group
in the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia
Tech, September 11, 2000.

Minisymposium organizer  "Dynamics
of Micro and Nanoscale Devices and Materials" for minisymposium
held at the SIAM Pacific Rim Dynamics meeting, August 2000.

"Mathematical Problems on Small Scales,"
talk presented in the above minisymposium.

"Local and Nonlocal Problems in Mathematical
Models of MEMS Devices," poster presented at Nonlinear Analysis
2000, Courant Institute, May 2000.

"A Mathematical Model of Microwave
Joining with Thermoelastic Effects," poster presented at the
Microwave and Radio Frequency World Congress, Orlando, March
2000.

"Local and Nonlocal Problems in Modeling
of MEMS Devices," invited talk presented at the School of
Engineering Colloquium, University of Akron, Akron, O.H.,
November 1999.

"Singular Perturbations in MEMS and
Microwave Heating," talk presented at the Singular Perturbations
at the Turning Point of the Millenium Conference, RPI, Troy,
N.Y., October 1999.

"Simple Models  Serious Problems:
Mathematical Modeling of MEMS Devices," talk presented for
the Applied Mathematics Seminar at the Georgia Institute of
Technology, October 1999.




Funding History
NSF
#0071474 Mathematical Modeling of MEMS Devices  $82,335

NSF #0135290 Vertical Integration
of Research and Education (CoPI)  VIGRE  $2,125,818

IMA Participating Institutions
Conference Grant (CoPI)  $4000

Georgia Tech Technology Fee
Fund Grant (CoPI)  $30,000

University of Delaware Research
Fund Grant  $29,000

NSF #0305234 Mathematical
Modeling of Micro and Nanoelectromechanical Systems  $128,000

Center for Teaching Effectiveness
Grant 2003, University of Delaware (CoPI)  $20,000

Center for Teaching Effectiveness
Grant 2004, University of Delaware (CoPI)  $20,000

University of Delaware Research Fund
Undergraduate Research Supplement  $3,500



Service at large
Reviewer for Journal of Microelectromechanical
Systems

Reviewer for SIAM Journal of Applied
Mathematics, SIAM Review

Reviewer for International Journal
of Solids and Structures

Reviewer for IMA Journal of Applied
Mathematics

Reviewer for Journal of Engineering
Mathematics

Reviewer for Proceedings of the Royal
Society

Reviewer for Journal of Differential
Equations

Reviewer for Harcourt Academic Press

Reviewer for Metallurgical and Materials
Transactions

Reviewer for Oxford University Press

Reviewer for Prentice Hall

Organizing Committee  Mathematical
Problems in Industry 2001,2002,2004

Organizing Committee  Southeastern
Conference on Applied Mathematics

Reviewer for Sensors and Actuators A

Reviewer for Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences

Reviewer for Proceedings of International
Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films

Technical Program Committee, ICMENS
2003, ICMENS 2004

Reviewer for ASME Journal of
Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control

Service
within Georgia Tech
Organizer for Applied Mathematics Seminar
series, Fall 1999  Spring 2000

Organizer for Dynamics Seminar series,
Fall 2000

Member of Chair Search Committee, 2001
2002

Member of Oral Exam Committee for V.
Morales, S. Day

Member of Elections and Nominations
Committee, 2001

Member of Thesis Committee for J.
Jordan, Materials Science Ph.D. Candidate

Service within the University of Delaware
and Community
Organizer for the MEC Lab Brown Bag
Seminar, Fall 2002  Present

Member of the Undergraduate Committee,
Fall 2002  Spring 2004

Member of VIGRE Committee, Falls 2002
 Spring 2004

Director of the MEC Lab

Judge for Charter School of Wilmington
Science Fair, Winter 2002, Winter 2003

Focus Presentation Presenter for GEAR
UP Program, Spring 2003 (Outreach to Philly HS's)

Board of Senior Thesis Readers,
20032004

Presenter for Decision Days, Spring
2003

Learning Lunch Presenter at Charter
School of Wilmington, April 2004

Faculty Advisory Board for the Center
for Teaching Effectiveness, 2004present


