Biography: Pierre-Richard Cornely received the BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and the MSc. and PhD. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Cornely has an extensive background in both Academia and Corporate. In Corporate, he has worked in many capacities for over 15 years, as President and CEO of 374's Electric Power Corporation, Engineering Project Coordinator at Synergy and a Senior Research Systems Engineer at Raytheon. Dr. Cornely has also been very involved at all levels of Academia for over 18 years, from his work with High School students at MIT Upward Bound to his many years working in the Physics Department at Quincy College, the Electrical Engineering Departments at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts. While at Raytheon, Dr. Cornely has taught both advanced theoretical and practical courses as part of the employees training program at the Raytheon Learning Institute (RLI). In the last two years, Dr. Cornely has developed a set of mathematical techniques that combine his basic work in tomography applied to ionospheric modeling to earthquake monitoring and prediction. In the years ahead, Dr. Cornely looks forward to fully utilizing the combination of his Corporate and Academic experiences to develop a cost efficient Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) based earthquake monitoring and prediction system hoping to reduce the heavy cost in loss of human lives due to the recent increasing occurrence of earthquakes, especially in the most disadvantages areas of the world. Dr. Cornely is also quite interested in curriculum improvement and to developing an Undergraduate research program that applies the core theories of Electrical Engineering to many other interesting and deserving world applications. Dr. Cornely is currently an Associate Professor in the Physics & Engineering Department at Eastern Nazarene College.
The role of mathematical sciences in our society is a topic that has been written about by many notable mathematicians. The typical motivation is a desire to set a research agenda to direct efforts to specific problems, or a wish to clarify, update and perhaps extrapolate on the way that many sub-disciplines relate to the general discipline of Mathematics and its possibilities. This presentation will briefly discuss applications of the mathematical sciences in important research areas such as: chaotic modeling of the brain and applications to fibrillation; genetic optimization algorithms applied to image segmentation; ionospheric tomography applied to radio and communication propagation, and most recently to earthquake monitoring and prediction. This presentation will also briefly discuss other applications of the mathematical sciences to Engineering problems such as: renewable energy and transport methods; systems engineering design and methods; object classification and tracking; atmospheric error prediction and correction used in weather prediction and object tracking; signal classification, identification and processing. The hope is to illustrate the use of the mathematical sciences in the real world as well as in many research endeavors and to provide some motivation to students involved or interested in pursuing a career in pure and/or applied Mathematics.