Nikola Petrov
Nancy Hester Presidential Professor
and Chair of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
University of Oklahoma
601 Elm Avenue
Norman, OK 730190315
Office: 1101 PHSC
Email: npetrov AT ou.edu
Teaching in Fall 2023:

MATH 5403 (Calculus of Variations)
TR 1:302:45 pm, PHSC 404
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of the class.
Education

Ph.D., Physics,
University of Texas, Austin (2002)

M.A., Mathematics,
University of Texas, Austin (2002)

Diploma, Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics,
University of Sofia, Bulgaria (1990)
Employment

Department Chair,
Department of Mathematics,
University of Oklahoma, Norman (8/2020present)

Professor,
Department of Mathematics,
University of Oklahoma, Norman (8/2014present)

Associate Professor,
Department of Mathematics,
University of Oklahoma, Norman (8/20097/2014)

Assistant Professor,
Department of Mathematics,
University of Oklahoma, Norman (8/20057/2009)

Assistant Professor,
Department of Mathematics,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (9/20028/2005)

Postdoctoral Associate,
Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
(9/20038/2005)

Affiliate,
Modeling, Algorithms and Informatics Group (CCS3),
Los Alamos National Laboratory,
(6/20028/2002)

Research Assistant,
Space and Remote Sensing Sciences Group (NIS2),
Los Alamos National Laboratory,
(5/20018/2001)

Lecturer,
Experimental Technological School for Electronic Systems,
Technical University, Sofia, Bulgaria
(9/19938/1995)

Lecturer (parttime),
Department of Physics,
University of Sofia, Bulgaria
(9/19895/1995)
Research interests

Dynamical systems and their applications to physics.

Applications of differential geometry to physics.

Numerical applications of harmonic analysis techniques to multiscale
properties of functions.

Fluid dynamics, turbulence.

Applied stochastic processes.
Links to Seminars
One day in February 2013 my daughter did not have school and came to work with me.
During my lecture she was sitting in the classroom and drawing pictures peacefully,
and in the middle of the lecture decided to come and show me the
pictures she had drawn. A student from the class took this picture (thanks!).