BS, Ph.D., Clarkson University
Nate received his Ph.D. in 2009 from Clarkson University in Mechanical Engineering. His research background is in hydrodynamic stability analysis (particularly absolute/convective instability classification) and the long-time behavior of dispersive waves in fluids. From 2010-2014, Nate was an NSF CI-TraCS Postdoctoral Fellow, splitting his time between the Chemical Engineering Department and the Center for Computational Research at SUNY Buffalo. As a post-doc, Nate helped create the method of asymptotic approximants, a re-summation technique used to analytically continue truncated and/or divergent series. Since joining RIT, Nate has partnered with his long-time collaborator and co-creator of asymptotic approximants, Steve Weinstein, to build a research group of students and faculty with the goal of progressing efforts in asymptotic analysis in general.
Teaching is an underlying theme in Nate's career. During the first two years of his Ph.D., Nate was an NSF G-K12 graduate teaching fellow, running weekly science and engineering lessons in K-12 classrooms across NY from the Adirondacks to the Bronx. During the last few years of his Ph.D., Nate was a full-time instructor in the Math Department at Clarkson University; In 2009, he won Clarkson's Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Students. Continuing on a path of teaching excellence at RIT, Nate has won the 2017/2018 RIT Innovative Teaching with Technology Award, the 2017/2018 Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching, and an Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching (2020/2021).
For more information on his joint research group with Steve Weinstein, news items, and an updated publication list, go here. For pictures of Nate's 3D Math prints check out his instagram site. For other fun math/teaching stuff, check out Nate's personal site.
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In the News
April 14, 2021
Eisenhart Award winner Nathaniel Barlow strives to bring out the fun in math
Embracing experimentation in the classroom has worked well for Associate Professor Nathaniel Barlow, who is receiving an Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching—RIT’s highest honor for tenured faculty—in just his first year as tenured faculty.
August 12, 2020
Faculty-Student Collaboration Responsible for COVID Modeling Development
Two RIT students collaborated with faculty and co-authored their first paper which contributes to the body of knowledge surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 28, 2020
RIT scientists develop method to help epidemiologists map spread of COVID-19
Nathaniel Barlow, associate professor in RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences, and Steven Weinstein, head of RIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering, outline a solution to the SIR epidemic model, which is commonly used to predict how many people are susceptible to, infected by, and recovered from viral epidemics, in a study published in Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena.
October 11, 2021
College of Science team publishes paper comparing COVID testing and wastewater sampling
March 9, 2021
School of Mathematical Sciences faculty present at conference
August 5, 2020
Team has article published on epidemic model
June 12, 2020
RIT professors’ study helps predict infection rate of Covid-19
RIT Undergraduates Advance the Technique of Asymptotic Approximants Created by the Barlow-Weinstein Group
Four undergraduate students presented their research on the analytical solution to the classical Falkner-Skan equation that describes boundary layer flow over a wedge.
3D Models of Math Equations
Nate Barlow and Steve Weinstein
Assistant Professor Nate Barlow and Professor Steve Weinstein made 3D-printed models of mathematical equations to illustrate wave systems and other fluid dynamics concepts as part of their research....