Nicholas D. Brubaker
Department of Mathematics
Cal State Fullerton
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at California State University, Fullerton and a member of the Center for Computational and Applied Mathematics (CCAM) located in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Previously, I received my Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Delaware under the supervision of Professor John A. Pelesko and then spent time in Tucson, AZ where I was a NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral fellow at The University of Arizona. A copy of my CV can be found here, which provides more information about my academic background and training.
Broadly speaking, my research interests lie in using mathematical modeling and the tools of applied analysis to characterize novel phenomena arising in micro-scale systems, especially those involving an interplay of fluids, electrostatics and elasticity. Often this involves studying how external forces, such as those deriving from electrostatics, affect the shape of liquid-vapor interfaces (e.g. soap bubbles) and/or elastic plates. Recently, I have been focusing on using techniques from variational calculus and partial differential equations to elucidate the behavior of surface tension driven folding, an area of study that has applications to micro-fabrication and self-assembly. For a synopsis on what this entails or to find information on previous research projects, see the brief description given here.