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Consultants' Network - Mathematical Modeling – A Trip Down Memory Lane

on October 9, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Speaker R. Lowell Smith, PhD.
Topic Info

Mathematical modeling is the art of constructing a theoretical or empirical representation of a situation of interest, and comparing the results to corresponding measurement data. This presentation addresses parametric modeling, wherein the model is an algebraic form expressed in terms of a number of constants (parameters). Typically regression analysis (least-squares curve fitting) is employed to adjust the parameter values to optimally represent the measurement data record. This allows the full set of measurement data to be summarized by a much smaller set of model parameters.

Standard multiple, non-linear regression analysis procedures will be developed using a matrix formulation. These are the same irrespective of what specific models and data records are under consideration. The primary emphasis of the talk will be to highlight a variety of situations for which mathematical modeling is a powerful tool for developing physical insights, as well as computational tools for addressing issues of both scientific/technical and commercial interest.

Specific subjects to be reviewed include Zeeman level-crossing spectroscopy, electroacoustic structures (e.g. sonar transducers), electrochemical cells (batteries), and impedance (admittance) perturbation spectroscopy more generally.

Speaker Bio

 Trained as a research physicist at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Smith worked for instrument development companies, and later for organizations focused more broadly on contract research and development initiatives.  A long love affair with Navy sonar transducer projects proceeded under STRIP, a long-term reliability improvement initiative.

Dr. Smith is experienced in applied physics, materials science, transduction sciences, and product evaluation. Areas of strength include reliability analysis, mathematical modeling (especially in the context of interdisciplinary, physically-based applications), statistical inference, hands-on mechanical design, and test fixture fabrication.
Location Giovanni's Restaurant, 9353 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard at Ruffin Road, in Kearney Mesa
Directions 9353 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard at Ruffin Road. Giovanni's Restaurant (also called Giovanni's Pizza) is conveniently located near the Interstate 15, SR 163 and SR 52 freeways. Please see the map at Click the little map on the web site for a bigger map.


October 9, 2017 (Monday)
6:00 - 7:00 pm – Dinner and informal networking
7:00 - 8:30 pm – Round table discussion

We meet on the second Monday of every month, same time, same place (now at Giovanni's Restaurant in Kearney Mesa). The format is dinner and networking from 6-7 PM and meeting from 7-8:30 PM. The presentation will start promptly at 7:00 PM. This will allow the formal portion of the meeting to be finished no later than 8:30. All are welcome to stay later for additional questions and networking.

We always welcome newcomers and old faces we haven’t seen in a while. No RSVP is required; just show up. Order at the counter; tell them you are with IEEE and they will direct you to the meeting room. We now meet in the larger, quieter room, down the hall to the right as you enter the restaurant.

Cost No charge. Buy your own dinner.

No RSVP needed. All are welcome, just show up. Bring two guests.

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