Kerrek Stinson

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bonn hosted by Sergio Conti and Tim Laux.

Prior to this, I completed my PhD with Irene Fonseca and Giovanni Leoni at Carnegie Mellon University.

My research interests are broadly within analysis and PDEs and include

  • interface evolution,
  • phase separation,
  • elasticity,
  • (a little) data science.

Typically, I approach these problems via the calculus of variations, which is useful for tackling questions where the state of a space is described in terms of a nonlinear, physical energy. Problems from materials science, such as phase separation in lithium-ion batteries, are often in this setting. Applying variational techniques, one can express the behavior of complex materials in terms of simpler effective energies that may have a more direct, insightful (geometric) interpretation.

Recommended Reading

If you are bored and have ended up here, I recommend Ted Chiang's "Story of Your Life". Besides being a great read, the calculus of variations even pops up, so you can bill it as math.


Office: Z2.063 Endenicher Allee 60

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Prof. Dr. Lisa Sauermann has been honored with the von Kaven Award 2023 for her outstanding scientific achievements. (16.11.2023)

Prof. Dr. Angkana Rüland has been awarded a New Horizons in Mathematics Prize 2024 for her contributions to applied analysis:

Prof. Dr. Angkana Rüland has been awarded the Calderon Prize that is awarded every two years by the Inverse Problems International Association: (06.09.2023)

Prof. Dr. Karl-Theodor Sturm has been elected into the Academia Europaea. (28.06.2022)

Florian Schweiger erhielt den Hausdorff-Gedächtnispreis 2021 der Fachgruppe Mathematik für die beste Dissertation. Er fertigte die Dissertation unter der Betreuung von Prof. Stefan Müller an. Unter anderen wurde Vanessa Ryborz mit einem Preis der Bonner Mathematischen Gesellschaft für ihre von Prof. Sergio Conti betreute Bachelorarbeit ausgezeichnet. (18.01.2022)

Prof. Dr. Sergio Albeverio has been elected into the Academia Europaea and the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (more; 02.12.2021).


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Institute for Applied Mathematics
University of Bonn
Endenicher Allee 60
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