Michaela Kubacki

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

 work(802) 443-5293
 Office Hours by appointment
 Warner 206

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Degrees, Specializations & Interests:

B.A., Washington & Jefferson College; M.A., University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh;
(Numerical Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics)

 Publications and Technical Reports

  1. Coffer, B.; Kubacki, M.; Wen, Y.; Zhang, T.; Barajas, C.; Gobbert, M. Brice Machine Learning with Feature Importance Analysis for Tornado Prediction from Environmental Sounding Data. PAMM, 20, 1, (2021).
  2. Coffer, B.; Kubacki, M.; Wen, Y., Zhang, T.;  Barajas, C.; and Gobbert, M. Using machine learning techniques for supercell tornado prediction with environmental sounding data, Tech. Rep. HPCF–2020–18, UMBC High Performance Computing Facility, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2020. http://hpcf.umbc.edu/publications/.
  3. Ervin, V.; Kubacki, M.; Layton, W.; Moraiti, M.; Si, Z.; Trenchea, C. Partitioned penalty methods for the transport equation in the evolutionary Stokes-Darcy-transport problem. Numer. Methods Partial Differential Eq. 2018; 35: 349-374. https://doi.org/10.1002/num.22303.
  4. Kubacki, M.; Tran, H. Non-Iterative Partitioned Methods for Uncoupling Evolutionary Groundwater-Surface Water Flows. Fluids 2017, 2(3). http://www.mdpi.com/journal/fluids/special_issues/turbulence.
  5. Ervin, V.J.; Kubacki, M.; Layton, W.; Moraiti, M.; Si, Z.; Trenchea, C. On Limiting Behavior of Contaminant Transport Models in Coupled Surface and Groundwater Flows. Axioms 2015, 4, 518-529.
  6. Kubacki, M. and Moraiti, M. Analysis of a Second-Order, Unconditionally Stable, Partitioned Method for the Evolutionary Stokes-Darcy Model. Int. J. Numer. Anal. Mod., 12 (2015), pp. 704-730.
  7. Jiang, N.; Kubacki, M.; Layton, W.; Moraiti, M.; Tran, H. A Crank-Nicolson Leapfrog stabilization: Unconditional stability and two applications, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Volume 281, June 2015, Pages 263-276, ISSN 0377-0427.
  8. Kubacki, M. Higher-Order, Strongly Stable Methods for Uncoupling Groundwater-Surface Water Flow (Doctoral dissertation). University of Pittsburgh D-Scholarship Database, http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/21894/ (2014).
  9. Kubacki, M. Uncoupling evolutionary groundwater-surface water flows using the Crank-Nicolson Leapfrog method. Numer. Methods Partial Differential Eq., 29:1192-1216, 2013.


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Course List: 

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MATH 0121 - Calculus I      

Calculus I
Introductory analytic geometry and calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, differential calculus of algebraic and trigonometric functions with applications to curve sketching, optimization problems and related rates, the indefinite and definite integral, area under a curve, and the fundamental theorem of calculus. Inverse functions and the logarithmic and exponential functions are also introduced along with applications to exponential growth and decay. 4 hrs. lect./disc. DED

Fall 2021

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MATH 0122 - Calculus II      

Calculus II
A continuation of MATH 0121, may be elected by first-year students who have had an introduction to analytic geometry and calculus in secondary school. Topics include a brief review of natural logarithm and exponential functions, calculus of the elementary transcendental functions, techniques of integration, improper integrals, applications of integrals including problems of finding volumes, infinite series and Taylor's theorem, polar coordinates, ordinary differential equations. (MATH 0121 or by waiver) 4 hrs. lect. DED

Fall 2018, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

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MATH 0200 - Linear Algebra      

Linear Algebra
Matrices and systems of linear equations, the Euclidean space of three dimensions and other real vector spaces, independence and dimensions, scalar products and orthogonality, linear transformations and matrix representations, eigenvalues and similarity, determinants, the inverse of a matrix and Cramer's rule. (MATH 0121 or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. DED

Fall 2022

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MATH 0225 - Topics in Linear Alg & Diff Eq      

Topics in Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Topics may include diagonalization of matrices, quadratic forms, inner product spaces, canonical forms, the spectral theorem, positive matrices, the Cayley-Hamilton theorem, ordinary differential equations of arbitrary order, systems of first-order differential equations, power series, and eigenvalue methods of solution, applications. (MATH 0200 or by waiver) 3 hrs. lect./disc. DED

Spring 2019

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MATH 0228 - Intro to Numerical Analysis      

Introduction to Numerical Analysis
We will study the development, analysis, and implementation of numerical methods for approximating solutions to mathematical problems. We will begin with applications of Taylor polynomials, computer representation of numbers, and types of errors. Other topics will include polynomial and spline interpolation, numerical integration and differentiation, rootfinding, and numerical solutions of differential equations. Accuracy will be quantified by the concept of numerical error. Additionally, we will study the stability, efficiency, and implementation of algorithms. We will utilize the software MATLAB throughout to demonstrate concepts, as well as to complete assignments and projects. (MATH 0122) DED

Fall 2021

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MATH 0328 - Numerical Linear Algebra      

Numerical Linear Algebra
Numerical linear algebra is the study of algorithms for solving problems such as finding solutions of linear systems and eigenvalues of matrices. Many real-life applications simplify to these scenarios and often involve millions of variables. We will analyze shortcomings of direct methods such as Gaussian Elimination, which theoretically produces the true solution but fails in practical applications. In contrast, iterative methods are often more practical and precise, and continually evolve with changing technology and our understanding of mathematics. Our study will include the First Order Richardson, Steepest Descent, and Conjugate Gradient algorithms for linear systems, and the power method for eigenvalue problems. (MATH 0200) 3 hrs. lect. CW DED

Spring 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2022

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MATH 0500 - Advanced Study      

Advanced Study
Individual study for qualified students in more advanced topics in algebra, number theory, real or complex analysis, topology. Particularly suited for those who enter with advanced standing. (Approval required) 3 hrs. lect./disc.

Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

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MATH 0728 - Math Fluid Dynamics Seminar      

Mathematical Methods in Fluid Dynamics
This course is an introduction to the mathematical models and methods used in modern fluid dynamics. Students will derive and analyze fundamental equations of fluid flow, explore their applications, as well as examine theoretical and practical solution techniques. Equations of study will include the Poisson, diffusion, and Navier-Stokes equations. We will also introduce basic methods of computational fluid dynamics. Working independently and in small groups, students will gain experience reading advanced sources and communicating their insights in expository writing and oral presentations. Fulfills the capstone senior work requirement for the mathematics major. 3 hrs. Lect./Lab (Approval Only) DED

Spring 2021

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Department of Mathematics

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