Lukasz Pruski, PhD
Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
Lukasz Pruski joined the mathematics department at USD in January 1983. Since then he has taught 31 different courses in five fields: in addition to mathematics and computer science he has taught engineering courses and co-taught courses in psychology and philosophy. His research focuses on mathematical modeling and computer simulation. He served as the department chair in the mid-Nineties and the math program coordinator in the recent years. He also served on almost all College of Arts and Sciences committees, including recently chairing the Rank and Tenure Committee.
Lukasz Pruski’s most favorite activities, second only to teaching, are reading books, running races from 5k to half-marathon, and listening to the music of Bach, Coltrane, and Sonic Youth.
Lukasz Pruski received his graduate degrees in applied mathematics and engineering from the Warsaw University of Technology. Before leaving Poland for California he made his living applying mathematics in biomechanics and sports research, and managing a computer research lab that featured a top-of-the-line PDP-11 computer with 32Kb of memory.
Scholarly and Creative Work
Lukasz Pruski’s research interests are focused on mathematical modeling and computer simulation. In the recent years he has been working on modeling various aspects of Brownian motion, particularly the processes with inert drift and applications in economics. In the past, he worked in the areas of modeling human energy metabolism and optimization of sports strategies. He also published in the area of heuristics and mathematical problem solving and wrote texts for computer programming in C++ and Java. He has mentored undergraduate research projects in the areas of differential equations, neural networks, and stochastic processes.
Professor Pruski’s favorite courses include ordinary and partial differential equations and multivariable calculus. He also likes to teach math-intensive computer graphics as well as software engineering. He participated in two team-teaching projects for the Honors Program: Games, Weapons, Morals with a philosophy faculty, and Minds and Machines, with a psychology faculty. He has received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Southern California Section of the Mathematical Association of America, the Davies Award for Faculty Achievement, and the University Professorship at USD, but his ultimate reward is getting his students to learn and understand mathematics and appreciate its power and beauty.