Dr. Mihai Dupac obtained a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the West University of Timisoara, Romania, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, at Auburn University (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/auburn-university), AL, in the United States.
Six PhD students graduated under his supervision based on the research funding and collaborations with AECC (Anglo European College of Chiropractic), Bournemouth Hospital, and Hydreco Hydraulics. He was acting as an examiner/chair for more than 10 PhD/MPhil examinations and transfers. He is the author of more than 100 publications and 4 books in the field of engineering namely Statics with Matlab, Springer, 2013, Advanced Dynamics: Analytical and Numerical Calculations with Matlab, Springer, 2012, Machine Component Analysis with Matlab, Elsevier, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2019, and Engineering Applications: Analytical and Numerical Calculation with MATLAB, Wiley, 2021.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA - UK), a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews (MatSciNet, US), a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME - USA), and an Honorary Researcher at the University of Craiova (Faculty of Mechanics), Romania (2020-2021). He was involved in the delivery of external courses for aircraft industry employees and acted as a program review panel member (external) of the BEng (Hons) Engineering Top-up (2019) accreditation.
Dr. Dupac research interests are in the area of computational modelling and simulation in engineering concerned with the development of new computational methods that arise from the discretization of computational science and engineering problems. He enjoys a computational approach dealing with the development of simulation models that describe the behaviour of complex engineering (nonlinear dynamics, mechanisms and mechanical vibrations) or bioengineering systems. This type of research related to the computational development of mathematics including the state of the art of mathematical simulations and high-performance computing (backed up by intelligent algorithms) applied to engineering science (and its theoretical physics core) gave him tremendous satisfaction and excellent opportunities to work and communicate with scientists in many other fields.
As a research scholar at Space Research Institute (in US) he was working for NASA to study metallurgical properties of a levitated and heated droplet of molten metal in microgravity. More precisely the work was related to the modelling and simulation of the magneto-hydro-dynamic effects of a levitated and heated droplet using Maxwell and Navier-Stokes equations, and their effects on droplet stability.
An important part of his work was with the numerical simulation of physical processes in the field of engineering mechanics, more exactly with the study of Hamiltonian systems which under certain conditions keep unchanged momentum and energy related to system symmetry and symplectic form. Numerical integration via the Lie-Trotter algorithm has been considered for some particular Hamiltonian and Hamiltonian-Poisson mechanical systems, such as Toda lattice and heavy top.