Dr. Michael R. Abdelmalik is a Peter O'Donnell, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow at the Oden Institute. With a Ph.D. from the Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, as well as Masters’ in both Applied Mathematics and in Mechanical Engineering, Abdelmalik saw the Oden Institute as the logical progression in terms of further advancing his academic career.
His research is focused on computational kinetic-theory. This provides a generic modeling paradigm for large systems of interacting particles. Such a modeling paradigm has many applications, including stellar dynamics, social interaction, and the flow of plasma and fluids,” describes Abdelmalik.
Some of the fundamental aspects of his research focus on the mathematical derivation of partial differential equations (PDEs) that govern the laws of continua, from the atomistic view of kinetic theory. Understanding the mathematical limiting processes that bridge such continuum and atomistic descriptions, as formulated in Hilbert's sixth problem, has been a long-standing open problem in mathematics. Applied aspects of his research focus on efficient computational technology that cope with the mathematical complexity for kinetic-theory for industrial applications. Such efficiency is fundamental to the investigation of heat transfer for the design of next-generation photo-lithography machines he has been involved with in the semiconductor industry.
Abdelmalik recently accepted a tenured assistant professorship position (starting in the summer of 2021) at the Mechanical Engineering department of the Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands.