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John A. Pelesko
Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Delaware
Ewing Hall Room 406
Newark, DE 19716-2553
302-831-4455

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, 1997-1998, and a year long course in methods of applied mathematics, 1998-1999. 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 pre-calculus
    through advanced calculus in the University Learning Center. Instructor for two terms of undergraduate
    pre-calculus.

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. 75-99, 1996.

J.A. Pelesko and G.A. Kriegsmann, "Microwave Heating of Ceramic Laminates," Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Pittsburgh, P.A., pp. 184-189, 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. 1-18, 1997.

P. Guidotti and J.A. Pelesko, "Transient Instability in Case II Diffusion," Journal of Polymer Science, Part B, v. 36, pp. 2941-2947, 1998.

J.A. Pelesko, "Nonlinear Stability Considerations in Thermoelastic Contact," ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, v. 66, pp. 109-116, 1999.

J.A. Pelesko and G.A. Kriegsmann, "Microwave Heating of Ceramic Composites," IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics, v. 64, pp. 39-50, 2000.

D. Bernstein, P. Guidotti and J.A. Pelesko, "Mathematical Analysis of Electrostatically Actuated MEMS Devices," Proceedings of MSM 2000, San Diego, CA, pp. 489-492, 2000.

J.A. Pelesko and A.A. Triolo, "Nonlocal Problems in MEMS Device Control," Proceedings of MSM 2000, San Diego, CA, pp. 509-512, 2000.

J.A. Pelesko, "Nonlinear Stability, Thermoelastic Contact and the Barber Condition," ASME Journal of Applied Mechanics, v. 68, pp. 28-33, 2001.

 J.A. Pelesko, "Multiple Solutions in Electrostatic MEMS," Proceedings of MSM 2001,  Hilton Head, SC, pp. 290-293. 2001.

J.A. Pelesko, "Electrostatic Field Approximations and Implications for MEMS Devices," ESA 2001 Proceedings, pp. 126-137.

J.A. Pelesko and A.A. Triolo, "Nonlocal Problems in MEMS Device Control," Journal of Engineering Mathematics, v. 41, pp. 345-366, 2001.

D.D. Quinn and J.A. Pelesko, "Generic Unfolding of the Thermoelastic Contact Instability," International Journal of Solids and Structures, v. 39, pp. 145-157, 2002.

J.A. Pelesko, "Mathematical Modeling of Electrostatic MEMS with Tailored Dielectric Properties," SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, v. 62, pp. 888-908, 2002.

J.A. Pelesko and X.Y. Chen, "Electrostatically Deflected Circular Elastic Membranes," Journal of Electrostatics, v. 57, 1, pp. 1-12, 2003.
J.A. Pelesko, D.H. Bernstein, and J. McCuan, "Symmetry and Symmetry Breaking in Electrostatic MEMS," Proceedings of MSM 2003, pp. 304-307, 2003.
G. Flores, G.A. Mercado, and J.A. Pelesko, "Dynamics and Touchdown in Electrostatic MEMS," Transactions of ASME 2003, pp. 1-8, 2003.
J.A. Pelesko and G. Goldsztein, "Electrostatic Deflection of Volume Constrained MEMS," Proceedings of ICMENS 2003, pp. 76-80, 2003.
G. Flores, G.A. Mercado, and J.A. Pelesko, "Dynamics and Touchdown in Electrostatic MEMS," Proceedings of ICMENS 2003, pp. 182-187, 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 Kinetics-Based Model for Solid State Reaction Synthesis of Ti3SiC2," Journal of Materials Research, in press.

J.A. Pelesko, "Generalizing the Conway-Hofstadter $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 Self-Organizing Bucket Brigade," Proceedings of ICMENS 2004, pp. 212-217.

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

 

Non-refereed 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. 59-80, 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 Multi-Scale 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 Self-Organizing 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 Pull-in 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 co-organizer - "Electrostatics in micro- and nanoscale science," for ICMENS 2003, July 2003

Session co-organizer - "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 co-organizer - "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 co-organizer (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 (Co-PI) - VIGRE - $2,125,818

IMA Participating Institutions Conference Grant (Co-PI) - $4000
Georgia Tech Technology Fee Fund Grant (Co-PI) - $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 (Co-PI) - $20,000

Center for Teaching Effectiveness Grant 2004, University of Delaware (Co-PI) - $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, 2003-2004

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, 2004-present