Michael Sekora

  • Program Years: 2006-2010
  • Academic Institution: Princeton University
  • Field of Study: Numerical Analysis, Continuum Mechanics, PDE
  • Academic Advisor: James Stone
  • Practicum(s):
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (2007)
  • Degree(s):
    Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, Princeton
    B.S. Mathematics and Physics, MIT

Current Status

  • Status: Portfolio Manager, Laurion Capital
  • Research Area: Numerical Analysis, Godunov Methods, Multiscale Algorithms, Asymptotic Preserving Methods
  • Publications

    Publications

    1. M Sekora. Extending a Hybrid Godunov Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics to Multiple Dimensions. SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (submitted for publication).
    2. M-S Shin, M Sekora, H Yi, D-W Kim, and Y-I Byun. Detecting Variability in Massive Astronomical Time Series Data II: Variable Candidates in the Northern Sky Variability Survey. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (in preparation for publication).
    3. M Sekora. Algorithms for Hyperbolic Balance Laws with Multiscale Behavior: Applications in Radiation Hydrodynamics. Princeton University PhD Thesis, Princeton NJ. June, 2010.
    4. M D Sekora and J M Stone. A Hybrid Godunov Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics. Journal of Computational Physics, 229: 6819-6852, 2010.
    5. M-S Shin, M Sekora, and Y-I Byun. Detecting Variability in Massive Astronomical Time-Series Data I: Application of an Infinite Gaussian Mixture Model. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 400: 1897-1910, 2009.
    6. M D Sekora and J Stone. A Higher Order Godunov Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics: Radiation Subsystem. Communications in Applied Mathematics and Computational Science, 4: 135, 2009.
    7. M Sekora and P Colella. Extremum-Preserving Limiters for MUSCL and PPM. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Report, arXiv:0903.4200, 2009.
    8. A Parker, Z Ivezic, M Juric, R Lupton, M Sekora, A Kowalski. The Size Distributions of Asteroid Families in the SDSS Moving Object Catalog 4. International Journal of Solar System Studies (ICARUS), 198, 138, 2008.
    9. P Colella and M Sekora. A Limiter for PPM that Preserves Accuracy at Smooth Extrema. Journal of Computational Physics, 227, 7069, 2008.
    10. M Sekora. Tactic Behaviors in Bacterial Dynamics. MIT Undergraduate Thesis, Spring 2005.
    11. M Sekora. Extra-Solar Planetary Microlensing. MIT Undergraduate Research Journal, 9, 2003.
    12. J Park, R A Nebel, W G Rellergert, and M Sekora. Experimental Studies of Electrostatic Confinement on the Intense Neutron Source Electron Device. Physics of Plasmas 10, 3841, 2003.
    13. R E Rosati, R Johnsen, and M F Golde (M Sekora mentioned in the acknowledgement section). Absolute Yields of CO(a', d, e) + O from the Dissociative Recombination of CO2+ Ions with Electrons. Journal of Chemical Physics 119, 11630, 2003.
    14. M Sekora. Potential Well Structure Associated with the Periodically Oscillating Plasma Sphere (POPS). MIT Undergraduate Research Journal, 7, 2002.
    15. M Sekora. The Big Bang’s Pervasive Plasma: the Quark Gluon Plasma. MIT Undergraduate Research Journal, 6, 2002.
    16. M Sekora. Study of Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Plasma Fusion Core Dynamics and Ion Beam Convergence. Intel Science Talent Search, 2000.

    Presentations

    1. M Sekora. Multiscale Algorithms for Solving Hyperbolic Conservation Laws with Stiff Source Term Relaxation and Applications to Radiation Hydrodynamics. Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Annual Fellows’ Conference. Washington DC. Jul, 2010.
    2. M Sekora. Multiscale Algorithms for Solving Hyperbolic Conservation Laws with Stiff Source Term Relaxation and Applications to Radiation Hydrodynamics. Princeton University PhD Thesis Defense, Princeton NJ. June, 2010.
    3. M Sekora. An Asymptotic Preserving Hybrid Godunov Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics. Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing Seminar. Temple University, Philadelphia PA. Jan 20, 2010.
    4. M Sekora. An Asymptotic Preserving Hybrid Godunov Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics. Princeton Center for Theoretical Sciences, Program in Computational Relativistic Astrophysics. Princeton University, Princeton NJ. Jan 13-16, 2010.
    5. M Sekora. An Asymptotic Preserving Hybrid Godunov Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics. Methods for Advanced Scientific Simulations Seminar. Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos NM. Jan 13, 2010.
    6. M Sekora. An Asymptotic Preserving Hybrid Godunov Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics. Computational Science Seminar. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA. Jan 4, 2010.
    7. M Sekora. An Asymptotic Preserving Hybrid Godunov Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics. Applied Mathematics Seminar. University of Trento, Trento, Italy. Dec 14, 2009.
    8. M Sekora. An Asymptotic Preserving Hybrid Godunov Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics. Applied Mathematics Graduate Student Seminar. Princeton University, Princeton NJ. Nov 13, 2009.
    9. M Sekora. An Asymptotic Preserving Hybrid Godunov Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics. Applied Mathematics Seminar. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia. Nov 10, 2009.
    10. M Sekora. An Asymptotic Preserving Hybrid Godunov Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics. Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. Oct 15-20, 2009.
    11. M Sekora and J Stone. The NIKE Code: A Hybrid Godunov Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics. Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Annual Fellows’ Conference. Washington DC. Jul 14-16, 2009.
    12. M Sekora. Extremum Preserving Limiters for Hyperbolic Conservation Laws. 3rd International Conference on High Order Non-Oscillatory Methods for Wave Propagation, Transport, and Flow Problems. University of Trento, Italy. Mar 30-Apr 2, 2009.
    13. M Sekora and J Stone. The NIKE Code: A Hybrid Godunov Method for Radiation Hydrodynamics. Recent Directions in Astrophysical Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiation Hydrodynamics. Boulder CO. Mar 30-Apr 3, 2009.
    14. M Sekora. Multiscale Algorithms for Solving Hyperbolic Conservation Laws with Stiff Source Term Relaxation. Applied Mathematics Graduate Student Seminar. Princeton University, Princeton NJ. Oct 21, 2008.
    15. M Sekora and J Stone. Extremum-Preserving Limiters for MUSCL and PPM. Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Annual Fellows’ Conference. Washington DC. Jun 17-19, 2008.
    16. M Sekora. Extremum Preserving Limiters for Hyperbolic Conservation Laws. Applied Mathematics Graduate Student Seminar. Princeton University, Princeton NJ. Mar 11, 2008.
    17. M Sekora. Godunov Methods for Stiff Source Term Conservation Laws and Radiation Hydrodynamics. Applied Numerical Algorithms Seminar. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley CA. Aug 7, 2007.
    18. M Sekora. Godunov Methods for Stiff Source Term Conservation Laws and Radiation Hydrodynamics. Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship Annual Fellows’ Conference. Washington DC. June 19-21, 2007.
    19. M Sekora. Godunov Methods for Stiff Source Term Conservation Laws and Radiation Hydrodynamics. Applied Mathematics Graduate Student Seminar. Princeton University, Princeton NJ. April 20, 2007.
    20. D Vener, N Balmforth, M Sekora, J Bush, and B Young. The Curiously Slow Snail Ball. 57th Meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society. Seattle WA. Nov 21-23, 2004.
    21. J Park, R A Nebel, C P Munson, W G Rellergert, and M Sekora. Inertial Electrostatic Confinement for Fusion Applications. 30th International Conference on Plasma Science. Jeju, South Korea. Jun 2-5, 2003.
    22. J Park, R A Nebel, C P Munson, W G Rellergert, and M Sekora. Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Electrostatic Confinement. 44th Meeting of the Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society. Orlando FL. Nov 11-15, 2002.
    23. R A Nebel, J Park, M Sekora, and W G Rellergert. Experimental and Theoretical Studies of Electrostatic Confinement. Inertial Electrostatic Confinement Conference. University of Wisconsin, Madison WI. Oct 7-11, 2002.

    Awards

    2009 Centro Internazionale per la Ricerca Matematica (Italy) Young Scientist Grant

    2008 Princeton Applied Mathematics Conference Chairman

    2007 Master’s Degree Recipient

    2006 Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

    2006 National Science Foundation Fellowship

    2005 Princeton First-Year Graduate Fellowship

    2005 National Young American Award sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America (award given annually to five young adults to highlight publicly the importance of their achievements and service to their community, state, and nation)

    2004 Meritorious Winner in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling sponsored by the Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications

    2003 National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Grant

    2001 U.S. Presidential Student Service Scholarship

    2001 U.S. Air Force Award for Excellence in Science