Illustrating the Benefits of Embracing an Integrated Applied Mathematics Initiative: Transport Parameters, LaPlace Transforms, and Residue Theorem


  • Robert Fisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology • Cambridge, MA 02139


Our exponentially increasing knowledge base creates many new technology challenges. Academia must therefore respond emphatically. Educating rising professionals to successfully confront these future difficulties requires innovative curricula challenges. A successful adaptation integrates STEM program protocols into core courses. Embracing Integrated Applied Mathematics methodologies is representative. The straightforward solution to partial differential equations using LaPlace Transforms and Residue Theorem provides meaningful examples for course inclusion. A relevant problem presented here relates transport characterization to delivery/sequestration technologies.

Author Biography

Robert Fisher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology • Cambridge, MA 02139

Robert J. Fisher is a station director and senior lecturer in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and actively consults for a broad range of industries. All his degrees are in Chemical Engineering; B.S./M.S. from SUNY-Buffalo, and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware where he studied the Stability of Reaction and Transport Processes under the direction of Professor Morton M. Denn. With honed skills in the Engineering Bio-Sciences, Dr. Fisher has become a staunch supporter of innovative teaching paradigms that integrate STEM program components; particularly Integrated Applied Mathematics (IAM) initiatives. His transport phenomena and reaction engineering based research efforts have also embraced these program integration initiatives.






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