Faculty Profile

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Miranda Holmes-Cerfon

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Warren Weaver Hall, Office 1107


Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, USA, 2010.
B.Sc., Mathematics, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2005.

Research Interests

I am an applied mathematician, who uses and develops tools to address problems in science and engineering. My mathematical work draws on many areas of pure and applied mathematics, but areas of particular interest include stochastic analysis, statistical mechanics, computational geometry, and rigidity theory. My scientific work focuses mainly on modeling physical systems, including those in materials science, fluid dynamics, soft-matter physics, geophysics, and oceanography.

Selected Publications

M. Holmes-Cerfon, "Sticky-sphere clusters", Annual Reviews of Condensed Matter Physics, vol. 8, pp. 77-98 (2017)
M. Holmes-Cerfon, "Enumerating rigid sphere packings", SIAM Review, vol. 58, no. 2, pp. 229-244 (2016)
M. Holmes-Cerfon, S.J. Gortler, and M.P. Brenner, "A geometrical approach to computing energy landscapes from short-ranged potentials", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 110, no. 1 (2013)
M. Holmes-Cerfon, W. Zhou, A.J. Bertozzi, M.P. Brenner, and M.J. Aziz, "Development of knife-edge ridges on ion-bombarded surfaces", Applied Physics Letters vol. 101, 143109 (2012)
M. Holmes-Cerfon, O. Buhler, and R. Ferrari, "Particle dispersion by random waves in the rotating Boussinesq system", Journal of Fluid Mechanics, vol. 670, pp. 150-175 (2011)