I am currently performing research with Michel Speetjens at the Eindhoven University of Technology under the aegis of a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship. This Fulbright project aims to improve the energy efficiency of industrial mixing devices--most notably, the rotated-arc mixer (RAM)--via computational modeling and simulation within the framework of
transitory dynamical systems (click HERE
for a movie showing how fluid is mixed in a periodic version of the RAM
flow). This project will serve as a capstone to my Ph.D. in Applied Math
at the University of Colorado
at Boulder which is advised by Dr. James D. Meiss and
focuses on the quantification of transport and mixing in transitory
dynamical systems. I plan to graduate with my doctoral degree in May of 2013.
Apart from transitory systems, I am also interested in coherent structures, transport, and mixing in more general time-dependent systems. The banner image above is taken from my work on the efficient numerical extraction of the boundaries of so-called Lagrangian coherent structures in a simple time-dependent model of a paired vortex flow. I find it fascinating that such intricate (and beautiful) structures can arise out of the "chaos" resulting from exceedingly simple flows, and a main goal of my research to date has been to better understand how these structures interact and how this interaction influences the global properties of the flow. Ultimately, the goal is to use this mathematical understanding for practical purposes such as the design of more energy-efficient industrial mixers, the improved tracking of pollutants in the ocean and atmosphere, and even increased diagnostic ability in biomedical applications.
Living in Boulder for the last five years, I have nurtured a passion for rock climbing in my free time. Part of my love for the sport stems from the mathematical nature of working out the right sequence of moves to get to the top of a rock climb, and part of it comes from just being outside in nature and enjoying the company and comraderie of climbing with a great group of friends. Despite the lack of real rocks in The Netherlands, the climbing culture is still quite strong, with many climbing gyms spread throughout the country. One of the best is just a 10 minute bike ride (the Dutch bike everywhere!) away from my current residence. I plan to make use of this wonderful gym both to train and to meet new friendly climbers during the course of my stay in the Netherlands.
As a last note of interest, I have been volunteering as a "cultural ambassador" of sorts, visiting several highschools (note: website available in Dutch only) throughout the Netherlands. The purpose of these visits is
to talk with students and exchange ideas on current events in a
personal manner that is, perhaps, less biased than obtaining
information from mass media outlets. This will, ideally, foster
an appreciation for the similarities and differences between the U.S.
and The Netherlands, and promote tolerance and understanding between
the two cultures. This has already been an extremely interesting
and rewarding experience, and has helped me to understand how the U.S.
and its policies and citizens are perceived from a European, and
specifically Dutch, point of view.
Last Update: October 26, 2012
© Brock Mosovsky 2012