JACK S. SEMURA
Research and Background
PRIOR RESEARCH INTERESTS:
Statistical Physics, Evolutionary Computation, Maximum Entropy and Complex Systems:
Application of maximum entropy; statistical distributions, statistical mechanics of entropy and information compression; computation in physical systems, evolutionary computation, cellular automata, genetic algorithms, percolation and connectivity, adaptive systems.
Collective Behavior and Phase Transitions
Statistical physics of phase transitions and critical phenomena, first order nucleated phase transitions, transient heat transfer in cryogenic liquids, applications of acoustics to tensile strength measurements in cryogenic liquids, homogeneous nucleation in liquids noble gases, quantum tunneling nucleation.
Generalized and Finite Time Thermodynamics
Generalized thermodynamics, applications of thermodynamics to the optimization of the performance of finite time thermodynamic cycles.
Experimental Course Design:
Designed and taught include the new courses: Fractals, Chaos, Complexity, Complexity and Beyond, and Complexity and the Universe I.
In addition to traditional physics courses, teaching with the experimental Science in the Liberal Arts Program and Science Cornerstone Program at Portland State University. Associate member of the Science Integration Institute.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
Portland State University Burlington Northern Award for Faculty Excellence, 1990.
Russell B. Scott Award
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, presented at the 1985 biennial Cryogenic Engineering Conference, August 1985, with David Lezak and Laird C. Brodie.
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Theoretical Solid State Physics.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Pittsburgh, Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics.
Portland State University Physics Department
Professor of Physics, Department of Physics.
System Science Signals and Processing Group, Science in the Liberal Arts Program, Science Cornerstone Program, Science Integration Institute.
Portland State University Environmental Sciences and Resources Ph.D. Program
Professor, Joint Appointment, 1985-1997.
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Affiliate (consultant) on disarmament research (chemical weapons convention verification), Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM, July 1993-1996
Department of Physics
Portland State University
Portland, OR 97207-0751
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