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Michael Cromer

Assistant Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

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T: 9:00-11:00 Th: 12:00-2:00
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Michael Cromer

Assistant Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science


BS, York College of Pennsylvania; MS, Ph.D., University of Delaware


<p>I received my B.S. in Mathematics at York College of Pennsyvania in 2005, and my Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Delaware in 2011. During my time at UD, I spent several months at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota during a special semester on complex fluids, and was also awarded the University Dissertation Fellowship. Upon graduation, I was a postdoctoral scholar in Chemical Engineering and the Materials Research Lab at the University of California, Santa Barbara 2011-2013. In 2013, I was awarded a National Research Council Research Associateship and spent the next year conducting research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. I started at RIT in 2014. My research focuses on the modeling, analysis and simulation of complex fluids. I am interested in a wide range of materials (e.g., wormlike micellar solutions, polymer solutions, and colloidal dispersions), which have a wide range of applications (e.g., oil recovery, soft body armor, materials processing).</p>


Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

1 - 3 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed project that could be considered original in nature. The level of work is appropriate for students in their final two years of undergraduate study.
3 Credits
This course covers the algebra of complex numbers, analytic functions, Cauchy-Riemann equations, complex integration, Cauchy's integral theorem and integral formulas, Taylor and Laurent series, residues, and the calculation of real-valued integrals by complex-variable methods.
0 - 9 Credits
Masters-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
4 Credits
This is the second in a two-course sequence intended for students majoring in mathematics, science, or engineering. It emphasizes the understanding of concepts, and using them to solve physical problems. The course covers techniques of integration including integration by parts, partial fractions, improper integrals, applications of integration, representing functions by infinite series, convergence and divergence of series, parametric curves, and polar coordinates.
1 Credits
This course is a continuation of Graduate Seminar I. It prepares students to engage in activities necessary for independent mathematical research and introduces them to a broad range of active interdisciplinary programs related to applied mathematics.
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis

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Journal Paper
Cromer, Michael, Glenn H. Fredrickson, and L. Gary Leal. "Concentration Fluctuations in Polymer Solutions Under Mixed Flow." Journal of Rheology 6. 14 (2017): 711-730. Print.
Kalb, Arthur, et al. "Role of Chain Scission in Cross-Slot Flow of Wormlike Micellar Solutions." Physical Review Fluids 2. (2017): 1-10. Print.
Cromer, M. and L. P. Cook. "A Study of Pressure-Driven Flow of Wormlike Micellar Solutions through a Converging/Diverging Channel." Journal of Rheology 60. (2016): 953-972. Web.
Peterson, J. D., et al. "Shear Banding Predictions for the Two-Fluid Rolie-Poly Model." Journal of Rheology 60. (2016): 927-951. Web.