Shaun Ceci

Shaun Ceci

Associate Professor

Reilly Hall 220
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


PHONE:

(315) 445-4434


EMAIL


About Dr. Ceci
Degrees
  • Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences (2011), University of Memphis
  • B.S. in Mathematics with Highest Honors (2005), Montana State University
  • University Honors Baccalaureate with Highest Distinction (2005), Montana State University
Awards
  • University of Memphis Society Doctoral Fellow (2010)
  • Montana State University Award of Excellence (2005)
Commonly Taught Courses
  • MTH 145 — Calculus I
  • MTH 146 — Calculus II
  • MTH 245 — Calculus III
  • MTH 260 (CSC 281) — Discrete Mathematics
  • MTH 303 — Differential Equations and Mathematical Modeling
  • MTH 304 — Differential Equations for Scientists and Engineers
  • MTH 335 — Introduction to Complex Variables
  • MTH 421 (CSC 421) — Numerical Methods
  • PHY 251 — Fundamentals of Engineering
Teaching Interests
  • Open-access instructional materials in mathematics
  • Novel use of technology for visualization in calculus and differential equations
  • Flipped classroom models for calculus and differential equations
  • Increasing student engagement in the classroom
  • Student recruitment strategies for mathematics
Research Interests
  • Applied analysis
  • Partial differential equations
  • Fluid dynamics and computational issues
Research

As a mathematician, my research involves the use of a combination of techniques pulled from both applied and pure branches of mathematics to explore problems in fluid dynamics. Central to the study of fluid dynamics are the Navier-Stokes equations (NSE) — which govern the motion of fluids under quite general conditions and are used to model everything from the air flow around an airplane’s wing to the movement of stars inside galaxies. Despite being essentially the simplest equations which describe the motion of a fluid, the NSE are fundamentally difficult to study from a mathematical perspective. This is evidenced by the long-standing open question, now a Clay Millennium Prize problem (where substantial progress towards a solution is worth a million dollars), of global existence and smoothness for solutions of the NSE in three-dimensional space.

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