http://math.nist.gov/~KGurski | National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) |
email: kgurski@nist.gov | 100 Bureau Dr, MailStop 8910 |
office: (301) 975 - 8159 | Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8910 |
Objective | Modeling physical and industrial problems using analytical and computational techniques. |
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Education | Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, August 1999, University of Maryland, College Park |
Thesis Title: Decay Rates of Internal Waves in Viscous Near-Critical Fluids | |
Advisor: Professor Robert Pego | |
M.S. in Applied Mathematics, August 1991, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | |
M.S. in Physics, January 1989, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign | |
B.S. in Physics, Summa Cum Laude, May 1987, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia | |
Experience | National Research Council Research Associate at NIST; Gaithersburg, Maryland: |
Studying the effect of anisotropic surface energy on the Rayleigh instability with applications to | |
nanowires and other rods. Modeling three-dimensional dendritic crystal growth using axisymmetric | |
boundary integral method and iterative solvers. | |
January 2001 - present | |
Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, Maryland: | |
Developed an approximate Riemann solver for ideal magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) based on the | |
HLLC method for gas dynamics. Extended analytical results of internal gravity wave mode studies | |
for general stratified fluids for 1-D (and 3-D) viscous stratified fluid in a layer (closed container). | |
Contracting agencies: 11/2000 - 12/2000 University of Maryland, Baltimore County, | |
10/2000 Caelum Research Corporation, 8/1999 - 9/2000 Universities Space Research Association | |
Graduate Research Assistant at University of Maryland; College Park, Maryland: | |
Modeled decay rates of internal waves in density stratified viscous critical fluids using asymptotic | |
analysis and numerical computation. Proved the existence of zero damping modes and determined | |
that the internal waves are strongly damped as the fluid approaches the critical temperature. | |
May 1998 - August 1998, May 1997 - December 1997, June 1996 - August 1996 | |
Industrial Mathematical Modeling Workshop; Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, | |
University of Minnesota: | |
Determined the necessary addition rates of silver and bromide solutions in a double jet reactor for | |
the growth of uniform silver halide crystals for improved film quality. | |
July 22-31, 1998 | |
Industrial Mathematical Modeling Workshop; North Carolina State University, Center for | |
Research in Scientific Computation: | |
Studied the effect of noise and bias on an inverse problem pertaining to the extraction of meteoro- | |
logical data from a GPS measured projectile trajectory. | |
August 3-13, 1997 | |
Mathematical Modeling Workshop; Claremont Graduate School, California: | |
Modeled the condensation process in an effort to improve the efficiency of heat transfer in power | |
condenser designs. | |
June 5-15, 1994 | |
Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Maryland; College Park, Maryland: | |
Taught Finite Mathematics as principal instructor. Led recitations for Business Calculus I, Calculus I, | |
and Linear Algebra. Used cooperative learning to teach Calculus II. Graded the undergraduate courses | |
for Business Calculus II, Differential Equations, Analysis I, Computational Methods, and PDEs. Graded | |
the graduate courses for Methods and Models in Applied Mathematics, Numerical Analysis I and II. | |
August 1991 - May 1997 |
Experience | C Programmer at Cooperative Extension Service; Urbana, Illinois: |
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Developed RDB database for Illinois Dial-Up Extension Access (IDEA); developed | |
multi-user menu driven interface. | |
May 1992 - August 1992, May 1990 - August 1991 | |
Graduate Research Assistant at University of Illinois; Urbana, Illinois: | |
Designed and implemented software in FORTRAN to detect equipment failures in trigger of the | |
Stanford Linear Detector (SLD); translated SLD electronics environment monitor code from 8051 | |
ASSEMBLER into C. | |
January 1989 - May 1990, June 1988 - August 1988 | |
Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Illinois; Urbana, Illinois: | |
Taught recitation and laboratory for Introduction to Modern Physics and Senior Modern Physics | |
Laboratory. | |
August 1988 - December 1988, August 1987 - May 1988 | |
Course work | Numerical Analysis, PDEs (Classical, Modern, and Numerical), ODEs, Computational Methods |
for Applied Mathematics and Physics, Mechanics (Classical, Continuum, and Quantum), | |
Mathematical Methods for Physics, Real Analysis, Nonlinear Waves, Electromagnetics, etc. | |
Computer | Programming experience in C, FORTRAN, BASIC, QuickBASIC, 8051 ASSEMBLER, FASTBUS, |
Mathematica, MATLAB, IDL, DCL, and RDB using UNIX, VMS, Windows, and MacIntosh | |
operating systems. Experience with HTML and LaTeX. | |
Publications | The Effect of Contact Lines on the Rayleigh Instability with Anisotropic Surface Energy, (with |
G.B. McFadden), in preparation. | |
Slow Damping of Internal Waves in Stably Stratified Fluid, (with R. Kollar and R. L. Pego), | |
in preparation. | |
The Effect of Anisotropic Surface Energy on the Rayleigh Instability, (with G.B. McFadden), | |
submitted. | |
An HLLC-type Approximate Riemann Solver for Ideal Magnetohydrodynamics, submitted. | |
Normal Modes for a Stratified Viscous Fluid Layer, (with R. L. Pego), Royal Society of Edinburgh, | |
132A, pp. 1-15, 2002. | |
Hints for Finding Non-Academic Research Positions (Postdoctoral and Permanent), Association for | |
Women in Mathematics Newsletter, Vol. 31, No. 5, September-October 2001, pp.17-19. | |
Decay Rates of Internal Waves in Viscous Near-Critical Fluids, (with R. L. Pego), Physical | |
Review E, July 1, 2000, Volume 62, Number 1, pp. 517-524. | |
Decay Rates of Internal Waves in Viscous Near-Critical Fluids, Ph.D. thesis, June 1999. | |
Determining Addition Rates for the Growth of Uniform Silver Halide Crystals, (with D. Ambrose, | |
C. Gerads Fournelle, D. Peng, V. Shekhar, and V. Varghese), Proceedings for the Mathematical | |
Modeling in Industry Workshop for Graduate Students, Institute for Mathematics and Its | |
Applications, July 22-31 1998. | |
Extracting Meteorological Data from a Projectile Trajectory, (with P. Hagerty, M. Hasson, M. | |
Moisan, and C. Perez), Proceedings for the Industrial Mathematics Modeling Workshop for Graduate | |
Students, Editor J. Scroggs, Center for Research in Scientific Computation, August 3-13, 1997. | |
Improved Estimation of Heat Transfer Characteristics of a Power Condenser, (with A. Crowe, | |
J. Pelesko, and J. Spencer), Proceedings for the Claremont Colleges Mathematics Modeling | |
Workshop for Graduate Students, June 5-15, 1994. | |
Honors | Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Iota, Phi Sigma Tau. |
Professional | Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, American Mathematical Society, American Physical |
Memberships | Society, Association for Women in Mathematics. |
Additional | U.S. Citizen. References available upon request. |