Event Details

Faculty Research Day 2018
Friday, March 23, 2018

Schelfhaudt Gallery and Littlefield Recital Hall in the Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center

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Program Schedule:


9:00 am to 11:15 am

Poster Presentations and Coffee

Locations: Schelfhaudt Gallery and the first floor, Arnold Bernhard Arts & Humanities Center

11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Keynote Speech

Bogdan M. Vernescu, Vice Provost for Research

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Location: Littlefield Recital Hall

12:45 pm to 1:45 PM


1:45 to 3:45 PM

Oral Presentations Joint Session

Faculty Research Day & Undergraduate Research Symposium

Location: Littlefield Recital Hall

4:00 pm

Wine and Cheese Reception

Location: Schelfhaudt Gallery


Keynote Speaker: Bogdan M. Vernescu, Vice Provost for Research, Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Click here to learn more about the Bogdan M. Vernescu


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Mathematical Sciences

BS/MS University of Bucharest, Romania 1982
PhD Institute of Mathematics, Romania 1989

Bogdan Vernescu was appointed to the position of vice provost for research in 2016, with the goal of enhancing faculty research efforts and increasing support for research at WPI from government agencies, corporations, and foundations. His responsibilities include supervising the operation and non-financial support of WPI’s research enterprise, including oversight of university-wide research institutes and centers, and the offices that administer research sponsorship and intellectual property and innovation. His own research interests include partial differential equations, homogenization, calculus of variations, and fluid/solid mechanics.

Vernescu originally joined WPI in 1991 as a faculty member in the Mathematical Sciences department, where he co-founded the Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics in 1997, and subsequently served as department head from 2003 to 2013.

Before arriving at WPI, Vernescu was a researcher at the Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy. He also held visiting positions at MIT, the University of Metz, University of Nancy, University of Savoie, University of Rouen, and the University of Rome, La Sapienza. He earned BS and MS degrees in applied mathematics from the University of Bucharest, and a PhD in mathematics from the Institute of Mathematics in Romania.

Research Interests:

  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Homogenization
  • Calculus of Variations
  • Fluid/Solid Mechanics

Professional Highlights & Honors:

  • President 2007
    • National Professional Science Master’s Association
  • Honorary Member 2005
    • Institute of Mathematics, Romanian Academy
  • Founding Director 1997
    • Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics at WPI
  • Visiting Associate Professor
    • MIT, Universities of Rouen, Nancy, Chambery, and Metz, France, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Scholarly Work:

  • C. C. Mei and B. Vernescu, Homogenization Methods for Multiscale Mechanics, World Scientific Publishing Co., 2010.
  • B. S. Tilley, B. Vernescu and J. Plummer, Geometry-Driven Charge Accumulation in Electrokinetic Flows between Thin, Closely Spaced Laminates, SIAM J. Appl. Math. 72, 1 (2012) pp. 39-60.
  • F. Maris, B. Vernescu, Effective leak conditions across a membrane, Complex Variables and Elliptic Equations, 57, 2-4 (2012) pp. 437-453.
  • D. Onofrei and B. Vernescu, Error Estimates for Periodic Homogenization with Non-smooth Coefficients, Asymptotic Analysis, 54, (2007) 103-123.
  • B. Vernescu, Multiple-scale Analysis of Electrorheological Fluids – 2012
  • G. Nika, B. Vernescu, Rate of Convergence for a multiscale model of dilute emulsions with non-uniform surface tension
  • D. Giachetti, B. Vernescu and M. A. Vivaldi, Asymptotic analysis of singular problems in perforated cylinders, Differential and Integral Equations, 29, 5-6, (2016), 531-562.
  • G. Nika and B. Vernescu, Dilute emulsions with surface tension, Quarterly for Applied Mathematics, LXXIV, 1, (2016) pp. 89-111.
  • S. Jimenez and B. Vernescu, Nonlinear Neutral Inclusions: Assemblages of Coated Ellipsoids, R. Soc. open sci 2015. 2: 140394.
  • Darcy Equations in an Infinite Strip: Do Limits Commute? – 2013

To learn more, please visit the personal page of Bogdan Vernescu

About Faculty Research Day

Since its revival as an annual event in 2011, UB Faculty Research Day has become the premiere academic event on campus, providing a venue at which the diverse array of research undertaken by faculty and assisted by students is showcased. The goal of the event is to foster project collaborations between departments, schools, and colleges as research becomes increasingly interdisciplinary.

UB Faculty Research Day provides a place and time to show the results of faculty and student research from the past academic year. It is also an opportunity to share innovative ideas. Faculty and student collaborators are encouraged to submit posters highlighting completed and ongoing research projects. This year, as in the past, awards will be given to the best faculty, graduate, and undergraduate posters.

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