Joaquin O. Carbonara
Campus Address: Bishop Hall 304
Academic Background and skills
- Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of California San Diego, 8/1992.
- M.S. in Computer Science, University at Buffalo, 6/2005.
- B.A. in Mathematics with a Minor in Italian, San Diego State University, 12/1983.
- Early cohort member of the well-known Simon Bolivar Symphonic Youth Orchestra, part of El Sistema, Venezuela, 1977 -1979.
- He is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. He has lived and studied in Venezuela, Italy and the US for extended periods of time.
Dr. Carbonara’s interest and activities include:
The applications of discrete computational mathematics in academia: As such his current research program includes: (i) the development of tools to understand and apply fractals and cellular automata to discrete dynamical systems (ii) fractal analysis, as a discipline parallel to real or complex analysis (iii) development of algorithms to process 3D visual data. He has 11 peer-reviewed publications in the areas of Combinatorial Representation Theory related to Schur Functions, Fractals and Cellular Automata, Biomathematics, Ecology, and Geographical Information Systems.
He has worked extensively with undergraduate and pre-college talented math students (as part of University at Buffalo’s Gifted Math Program). For his work with the GMP program at UB, he was awarded by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics the 2005 Sliffe national Award for distinguished mathematics teaching in the middle school. Currently he is the Principal investigator of the NSF CSUMS:URGE to compute (~$300K), a BSC/UB intense year-round undergraduate research program.
The development of professional mathematics in the academic environment: He was instrumental in the development of the undergraduate and graduate applied mathematics programs at BSC; these programs aim at creating an exciting and integrated learning environment that includes (i) applied interdisciplinary emphasis (ii) training math majors in Project Management and other valuable practical skills (iii) participation from local businesses in many aspects of the program, including advice on curriculum content and student internships and (iv) other activities to connect mathematics and the world outside academia. Currently he is the Principal Investigator of the NSF grant SMP: Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (~$700K), to support the development of BSC’s graduate applied math program. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Professional Science Masters Association.