John Drozd's Curriculum Vitae

John Drozd's Resumé

Online version: http://kong.apmaths.uwo.ca/~jdrozd/resume.html

Recent Presentations:
Some of my Ph. D. granular materials research has not yet been published, so all the links on this page are active, except for the APS March 2008 meeting material, the Western Canadian Conference for Young Researchers in Mathematics Conference material and the Scientific Computing Seminar material.

Here is my and my supervisor's Povray movie of Simulation of Gravity-Driven Granular Flow. (Double click with the left mouse button on the image of the movie to run the movie. The red balls have the fastest y velocities and the blue balls have the slowest y velocities. There are periodic boundary conditions on the front and back walls, and reflecting left and right side walls.)

"Velocity fluctuations in dense granular flow" presented at the American Physical Society March meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., March 10-14, 2008. (Supervisor: Dr. Colin Denniston)


"Managing A Computer Simulation of Gravity Driven Granular Flow" (PowerPoint 2007 Presentation) (PDF format) presented at the University of Western Ontario, London, May 29, 2007 as part of the requirements of the Scientific Computing Seminar Course SC 501. (Supervisor: Dr. Colin Denniston)
"Computer Simulation of Gravity-Driven Granular Flow" (PowerPoint 2000 Presentation) (PDF format) presented at the Western Canadian Conference for Young Researchers in Mathematics 2007 at the University of Calgary, Alberta, May 4-6, 2007. (Supervisor: Dr. Colin Denniston)
"The Fluid-Glass Transition for Hard Spheres" (PowerPoint 2000 Presentation) (PDF format) presented at the American Physical Society March meeting, Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., March 5-9, 2007. (Supervisor: Dr. Colin Denniston)
"Stress Propagation in A Granular Column in Gravity Driven Granular Flow" (PowerPoint 2000 Presentation) (PDF format) Applied Math 505 Project Report, University of Western Ontario, May 2006. (for the Applied Mathematics 505 graduate course on Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations taught by Professor Greg Reid)
"Collision Times and Stress Distributions in Mono and Polydisperse Granular Flows" (PowerPoint 2000 Presentation) (PDF format) presented at the American Physical Society March meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., March 13-17, 2006. (Supervisor: Dr. Colin Denniston)
Soft Condensed Matter Group Meeting Talk (Nov. 4, 2005) PowerPoint Presentation (as Powerpoint file) (PDF format) (Supervisor: Dr. Colin Denniston)
"Collision times and stress in gravity driven granular flow" (PowerPoint 2000 Presentation) (PDF format) presented at the American Physical Society March meeting, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., March 19-25, 2005. (Supervisor: Dr. Colin Denniston)
"Computer Simulation of Granular Matter: A Study of An Industrial Grinding Mill"(PowerPoint 2000 Master of Science Thesis Presentation) (PDF format) presented at my Thesis Defense Meeting, January 5, 2004.

Also see my Masters Thesis on "The Computer Simulation of Granular Matter: A Study of An Industrial Grinding Mill" (thesis in pdf format)(University of Western Ontario)(Supervisor: Dr. Peter Poole) (Cosupervisor: Dr. Robert Martinuzzi, P. Eng.) This is still ongoing research. My latest movies can be found at this link.


"A Study of the Gravitational Wave Form from Pulsars" (PowerPoint 2000 Presentation) (PDF format) presented at the Applied Math Ph.D. Talks (Committee Meeting), February 3, 2004.
Here are some cool movies related to pulsars and gravitational waves that I received from my Hungarian friend and colleague Adam Vajda: MillisecPulsarGravitywave, MillisecPulsarShot1, MillisecPulsarSuperNova, MillisecPulsarSurfaceExp, and MillisecPulsarTopView. Click here for a nice history and description of pulsars. Enjoy!
Here is a pdf of my "Gravitational Waves From Astrophysical Sources" project from my Applied Math 521b General Relativity course. (version with figures will be posted soon).
"The Nonlinear Schroedinger Equation and Its Possible Applications" poster (Powerpoint 2000) presentation at the Canadian Association of Physicists Congress, Quebec City, June 2-5, 2002. (Supervisor: Dr. Sree Ram Valluri)
"Nuclear Matter as a Nonlinear Optical Medium and the Nonlinear Schroedinger Equation" at the World Congress of Nonlinear Analysts (WCNA) 2000 conference held at Catania, Sicily, Italy, July 18-26, 2000. (Supervisor: Dr. Sree Ram Valluri)
"The Apsidal Angle and its Derivative in Newton's Apsidal Precession Theorem" poster presentation at the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society (CAIMS) and Math 2000 conference held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, June 10-13, 2000. (Supervisor: Dr. Sree Ram Valluri)
"A Pseudo-Spectral(Fourier) Method to Examine the Non-Linear Evolution of a tanh^3 y Mixing Layer" at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Applied Mathematics Society held jointly with the 13th Canadian Symposium on Fluid Dynamics at Vancouver, Br itish Columbia in May 1998.(Supervisor: Professor Roland Mallier)
"The Physics of Meteors" at the 1999 Canadian Undergraduate Physics Conference (CUPC '99) held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Recent Conferences: Performed numerical computations to produce three dimensional plots for poster (PowerPoint 97) on "The Fourier Transform of the Gravitational Wave Pulsar Signal" for the 4th Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, July 8 - 13, 2001. (Supervisor: Dr. Sree Ram Valluri)
Attended the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2000 Annual General Meeting Conference in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, July 10-14, 2000.
Attended the "Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors 1999" con ference at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York State, with Western's Meteor Physics Department led by Professor Jim Jones for whom I worked as a scientific programmer and gui developer.
Publications: The Linkage of Negotiating Skills to Successful Project Management Decision Making Project Management Thesis (Ryerson Polytechnical University), 1989.
Masters Thesis on "The Computer Simulation of Granular Matter: A Study of An Industrial Grinding Mill" (thesis in pdf format)(University of Western Ontario)(Supervisor: Dr. Peter Poole) (Cosupervisor: Dr. Robert Martinuzzi, P. Eng.)
S. Saujani, J. Drozd and R. Mallier "Nonlinear evolution of singular disturbances to a tanh^3 mixing layer", Australian & New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Journal, Series B, ANZIAM J. 43(2002), 409-427 (published by the Australian Mathematical Society).
S R Valluri, J J Drozd, F A Chishtie, R G Biggs, M Davison, Sanjeev V Dhurandhar and B S Sathyaprakash "A Study of the Gravitational Wave Form From Pulsars", Classical and Quantum Gravity, Proceedings of the 4th Edoardo Amaldi Conference on Gravitational Waves, Perth, Western Australia, 8-13 July 2001, Vol. 19 No. 7 (April 2002) 1327-1334.
S. R. Valluri, P. Yu, G. E. Smith and P. A. Wiegert (My contribution to this paper is described in the Acknowledgements section.) "An extension of Newton's apsidal precession theorem" Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 358, Issue 4, April 2005.
J. J. Drozd and C. Denniston, "Simulations of collision times in gravity driven granular flow" Europhysics Letters, 76 (3), pp. 360-366 (November 2006). cond-mat/0609330 .
Oleh Baran, John J. Drozd, Robert J. Martinuzzi and Peter H. Poole, "Granular circulation in a cylindrical pan: simulations of reversing radial and tangential flows" Phys. Rev. E, 76, 021305 (2007) cond-mat/0608072
John J. Drozd and Colin Denniston, "Velocity fluctuations in dense granular flow" Physical Review E, 78, 041304 (2008) (13 pages).
Research Interest: To introduce "intelligent" simulations (combining graphic simulations of physical problems with artificial intelligence, and hopefully one day to "teach" computers to learn from a history of simulations and propose predictions.) This would allow humans to truly use computers as "theoretical" tools. Afterall, as Boltzmann once said "There is nothing more practical than a good theory!"
Current Research: Ph. D. Student of Collaborative Program in Theoretical Physics in the Applied Mathematics Department specializing in Soft Matter and Materials Physics (Computational Materials Science) and just sitting in on Scientific Computing Program in the Applied Mathematics Department

Ph. D. Research: 2D and 3D sectored Granular Materials Simulation - programming in C, OpenGL graphics libraries, Povray and Mathematica. (Supervisor: Dr. Colin Denniston)

Wrote Masters Thesis on "The Computer Simulation of Granular Matter: A Study of An Industrial Grinding Mill" (thesis in pdf format) (Supervisor: Dr. Peter Poole) (Cosupervisor: Dr. Robert Martinuzzi, P. Eng.)

Writing paper on "The Nonlinear Schroedinger Equation" (Supervisor: Dr. Sree Ram Valluri).

Postgraduate Scholarships and Recent Academic Awards:

1987 Ryerson Highest Grades in Project Management Award

1988,1989 Ryerson Dean's List Award

1999-2000 UWO Dean's List Award

2000 Third Year Applied Mathematics and Computer Science Award

2001 UWO President's Scholarship Award (declined because was awarded NSERC Scholarship)

2001 UWO Graduate Tuition Scholarship Award

2001 Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award (declined because was awarded NSERC Scholarship)

2001 NSERC PGSA Master's Scholarship Award

2003 SHARCNET Fellowship

2003 Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award (starting January 2004)

2004 Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award (starting January 2005)

2007 Shell Sweeney Scholarship Award

2008 Faculty of Science Graduate Student Teaching Award for the Department of Applied Mathematics


Current Degree (expected completion in 2008):

Ph. D. Student of Collaborative Program in Theoretical Physics in the Applied Mathematics Department specializing in Soft Matter and Materials Physics (Computational Materials Science) and just sitting in on Scientific Computing Program in the Applied Mathematics Department


Previous Degrees:

(University of Western Ontario) Master of Science in Applied Math, 2004.

(University of Western Ontario) Diploma in Honours Standing in Applied Math and Computer Science (supplemented by physics courses), 2001.

Click this link for a description of courses in Western's Applied Math and Computer Science Program. Here is a link to the actual courses that I took.

(Ryerson Polytechnical University) Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Science, Project Management Specialization, 1989. (Dean's List Standing)

Click this link for a description of courses in Ryerson's Architectural Science (Project Management) Program. Here is a link to the actual courses that I took.

Here is a link to the graduate courses that I took at the University of Western Ontario.


Teaching Experience: Here is a resume outlining my teaching experience.

Coming Soon:Downloadable video of my "Integration by Parts" lectures that I gave at Western's TA training Program Weekend Course (TATP). When I gave a Steel Construction lecture in Paul Westbrook's (of Hanscomb Consultants) cost estimating course at Ryerson, I showed a video of my favourite comedy duo Laurel & Hardy as steel workers on a highrise building. It was taped over a Sports Illustrated SwimSuit Special so I was careful to finish it early so no girls were offended seeing the bikinis. The Media technologists at Ryerson who transferred this video from beta to VHS format for me however were not offended at all!)

Teaching Assistant (involved teaching tutorials and marking assignments/quizzes and midterms) for:

Applied Math 376a(3415b): Sept. - Dec. 2001 (Professor Gerry C. McKeon)

Applied Math 376a(3415b): Sept. - Dec. 2002 (Professor Vladimir A. Miranskyy)

Calculus 251b(2503b): Jan. - Apr. 2004 (Professor Victor Elias)

Applied Math 275(2413): Sept. - Dec. 2004 (Professor Khoa Nguyen)

Calculus 050a(1000a): Sept. - Dec. 2005 (Professor Sree Ram Valluri)

Applied Math 261b(2813b): Jan. - Apr. 2006 (Professor Colin Denniston)

Linear Algebra 040a(1600a): Sept. - Dec. 2006 (Professors Sree Ram Valluri, Meera Mainkar and Gord Sinnamon). In particular, I managed the course grades and an incredible MatLab based lab web page that was created by Professor Sinnamon. I coproctored Matlab based linear algebra quizzes held during computer labs. I also taught two linear algebra review lectures for Professor Mainkar on linear transformations, rotations, reflections, orthogonal projections, the geometry of linear operators, their composition and invertability, determinants, bases, subspaces, spans, and row, column and null spaces and kernels.

Calculus 051b(1501b): Jan. - Apr. 2007 (Professor Carol Jones, including teaching lectures on "Rolle's Theorem" and the "Mean Value Theorem")

Applied Math 026(1413): Sept. - Dec. 2007 (Professor Bogdan Tudose)

Calculus 081b(1301b): Jan. - Apr. 2008 (Professor Rasul Shafikov)

Prepared review and summary notes as handouts and lectured 1 week of review classes for Applied Math 277(2411) for Professor Henning Rasmussen: 2004

Tutored for:

Calculus 051b(1501b)

Applied Math 026(1413)

Applied Math 275(2413)

Applied Math 277(2411) This engineering student needed above 70% to stay in engineering, and he achieved it.

Applied Math 375a(3413a)

Note: All students that I have tutored have passed their course.


Work Experience:

1982-1985 Summer Student Mechanical Engineer and Millwright Apprentice, Syncrude Canada Ltd., Fort McMurray, Alberta.

1989-1992 Project Coordinator of $64.5 Million Redevelopment of Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Air Canada Terminal 2. Here is a link to a description of the project. Here is my Performance Appraisal. Here is a resume outlining my construction experience. This was my first job after graduating from Ryerson and I am proud to have been part of a great synergetic construction team that worked hard and did a good job with outstanding results. We finished the project seven months ahead of schedule! It was a great company to work for and I will always have fond memories of my construction team co-workers.

1992-1994 Cost Estimator and Project Coordinator of Commercial and Residential projects throughout the greater Toronto Area including renovations to IBM Headquarters in Markham, Ontario.


Professional Affiliations:

Past Executive Secretary for the Toronto Chapter of the American Institute of Constructors

Past Member of the Association of Architectural Technologists of Ontario

Member of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society

Member of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Member of the Canadian Association of Physicists

Member of the American Physical Society

Member of the student organized Theoretical Physics Grad Colloquium

Member of stock trading organization Better Trades


Academic Experience:

Summer 1997 and 1998, wrote manual(postscript,LaTex) on Form and performed integral evaluations using Maple V for Professor Roger Migneron.

Fall/Winter 1998, wrote program to generate Applied Math Coffee Mug logo using Matlab. The logo is a conformal plot of the Lambert-W Function that was created for a Lambert-W Function Poster Project for Professor Robert Corless. Professor Corless drives around with "WFUN!" on his license plate!

Summer 1999, wrote scientific software for radar echo analysis of meteor showers and developed graphical user interfaces for Professor Jim Jones.

Summer 2000, wrote financial mathematics software (stock volatility analysis) for Professor Henning Rasmussen. Worked on computer simulation of granular materials for Professor Peter Poole. Revised meteor physics software for Professor Jim Jones.


Volunteer Experience:

2002-present volunteer for Knights of Columbus (sell car raffle tickets for arthritis society, buy and deliver toys and food hampers to needy families during Christmas, usher at church, porter senior citizens in wheelchairs from their residence to Sunday mass at Mount Hope).

2002-June 2010 Serve the role of lecturer on our Knights of Columbus Council 10561 St. Pius X (Holy Family Parish) Executive Committee, organizing guest speakers of various charities to give talks to our council to which Knights of Columbus funds donations. Past speakers have been from Hospice of London, the Canadian Aid for Southern Sudan (CASS), L'Arche London, Mount Hope, London Abused Women's Centre, London Area Right To Life, Family Life and Youth Ministry at my church Holy Family Parish, Down Syndrome Research Institute, upcoming Special Olympics Ontario / London , Bethanys Hope Foundation, and members of Holy Family Parish who quilt sleeping mats from plastic milk bags. These plastic quilts get sent to Haiti and Africa so children can sleep on the plastic milk bag matts on the ground to avoid being bitten by parasites..

July 2010-present Serve the role of recorder on our Knights of Columbus Council 10561 St. Pius X (Holy Family Parish) Executive Committee, recording, preparing and distributing minutes of executive and general meetings.

1994, volunteered as dunk tank dunkie to raise funds for community swimming pool.

1994, volunteered for Oxfam International.

1994, volunteered for S.A.R.I. Special Ability Riding Institute, grooming horses and leading handicapped children on horses.


I love playing Santa Claus and giving presents to poor children every Christmas through my Church. My favourite TV children are The Little Rascals.

Starting February 26, 2009, serve on the Holy Family Parish Building Committee as an advisory role as a project planner on the construction project renovations of our Church. See the proposed renovations on our Holy Family Parish Church web site. It is fun to use some of my architecture and project management skills for a good cause! :-)


Fraternity:

Third Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus.


University Email Address: jdrozd2 at uwo.ca

Gmail Address: john.drozd at gmail.com

Robarts Email Address: jdrozd at kong.apmaths.uwo.ca

Home Page: http://kong.apmaths.uwo.ca/~jdrozd