Richard H. Rand
Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University
Class of 1967
Advisor: Frank DiMaggio
Research Focus: Current research work involves using perturbation methods and bifurcation theory to obtain approximate solutions to differential equations arising from nonlinear dynamics problems in engineering and biology. Current projects involve quasiperiodic forcing in Mathieu's equation, dynamics of coupled oscillators, and coexistence phenomenon in autoparametric excitation. Applications include NEMS (nano electrical mechanical systems), effects of biorhythms on retinal dynamics, and cardiac arrythmias.