New Faculty Profile - Nicholas Brummell

New Faculty Profile - Nicholas Brummell
New Faculty Profile - Nicholas Brummell
Wednesday, January 17, 2007

When we interviewed Nicholas Brummell only days after he moved to Santa Cruz from Colorado, he was already well on his way to landing on his feet.

An Englishman by birth, Nic got his PhD in Applied Mathematics from Imperial College in London. His supervisor there was an American, and offered to find him a job in the US. After doing a two year postdoc in Colorado, he was supposed to return to England to teach at Cambridge, but somehow that didn't happen. He stayed on at the lab in Colorado, perfecting his skiing skills and studying solar interior physics, i.e. how the sun generates its magnetic field.

Now, a few years down the line, he has moved here to teach in the Applied Mathematics and Statistics department. The field of fluid dynamics is is a relatively new one for the AMS department, and he will be breaking ground during his time here at Baskin.

While here, he also hopes to learn how to surf. This will add to his already impressive array of sports, which include not only a severe skiing addiction but also a blackbelt in tae kwon do. In fact he was the international champion of the sport for some time, as well as being the captain of the US team. While he is no longer officially training, the Santa Cruz team is already asking him to teach a class here.

Good luck with those surfing lessons, Nic, and we look forward to hearing more of your accomplishments here at the Baskin School of Engineering!