My main research interest is to investigate theoretical and computational issues related to distributed parameter systems (DPSs), i.e., systems governed by PDEs and/or functional integro-differential equations.
I believe that the study of DPSs is a highly active and rapidly growing "mainstream" area in applied mathematics, constantly stimulated by new challanges and opportunities posed by modern science and engineering. Ongoing research in this field is further enhanced by revolutionary advances in instrumentation and computer technology. I am excited about belonging to the group of researchers working on modeling, control, identification, approximation of DPSs using a functional analytic
setting. I have made some contributions in the study of systems modeled by functional differential equations ( delay equations, neutral equations) resulting in several journal articles and Ph.D. dissertations. In general, I would like to claim that my research is problem driven, i.e., motivated by - interesting, "real life", applications and consequently is of some interest of the scientific community.
My current and future plans include the continuation of my work on time-delay systems arising in aeroelasticity, the modeling of human respiration, the control of power systems, and the consideration of other applied mathematics problems.
Teaching is a very important part of academic life. Personally, I am very greatful of having the opportunity to meet young people at various levels of their development and potentially have an impact on their professional cereer. Excellence in teaching is definitely a goal for me, meaning continuous search for finding the best way of presenting the material at hand, to motivate students and to provide the means for them to reach their potential. The fact that mathematics is normally considered a somewhat unfriendly subject by many students makes our task even more challenging, and in case of success more rewarding. It is also clear that the curriculum in mathematics is going through considerable changes at all levels, requiring open mindedness and innovations from everybody involved in the process. I think, I have the skills and the knowledge to be a reasonable teacher at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and I consider myself better than average in advising students in research topics. I also have strong interest in modernizing some of our courses which could include for example better and more extensive use of computers and other technical tools, restructuring course material and shifting the emphasis to creative thinking.
University and Professional Citizenship
At UTD at the departmental level I served as the graduate advisor in applied mathematics for four years and I tried to help our program to recruit and retain good students. I did organize two periods of concentrations in the Distinguished Lecture Series and a workshop and participated many other ways in the activities of the Center for Engineering Mathematics. I acted as a committee member on Ph.D. Dissertation committees in EE and Management and served as the representative of the Graduate Dean on Ph.D. defenses in CS and EE. Overall, I have a strong interest in making UTD a better place and I am willing to do everything what I can to achieve that goal.
In the scientific community I am trying to stay active, going to conferences, giving presentations, doing my share of refereeing and organizing special sessions at international conferences. I have active scientific contacts with researchers in Austria, Hungary, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Finland, Italy and many states in the US. I believe in the importance of developing a positive image of our university in the US and abroad.