Peter R. Kramer

Associate Professor
Ph.D.  Princeton University
Fluid dynamics and stochastic processes


  • Research interests:
    • stochastic models in microbiology
    • turbulent transport
    • weak turbulence theory for discrete lattice models
    • stochastic network modeling in epidemiology
    • stochastic modeling in ecology
    • nonstandard multiple scale asymptotics
    • multiscale random field simulation
    • laser propagation through disordered media
  • description of some research activities and publications


Lecture notes and homework problems are available for several of the courses.


I am part of a team with Isom Herron, Mark Holmes, Gregor Kovacic, and Fengyan Li which has launched a "Computational Science Training in the Mathematical Sciences" program to provide research experiences for mathematically inclined undergraduate students. Qualified mathematics majors may apply for a yearlong research project with a stipend.

Don Drew and I will serve as the advisors for the mathematics majors of the Class of 2011, which could be a rather remarkable journey if Mayan prophecies are accurate.

Mathematical-Related Amusements

For consistently stimulating perspectives on how science (including mathematics) interacts with the rest of human life, I can recommend nothing more highly than NPR's Radiolab podcasts.  

Probability meets NCAA March Madness on the local news: a self-aggrandizing look.

Probability meets physics on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

With the recent opening of EMPAC, many at Rensselaer are asking...why not apply scientific methodologies to art? Well, I offer one case study undertaken by two Russian emigres in the 1990s that uses statistical analysis and focused research groups to design music and paintings that will be desired or not desired by large fractions of a target population. The piece de resistance is "The Most Unwanted Music" (lyrics), a work of sheer genius that they calculate, under some assumptions of independence of various taste variables, will be liked by no more than 200 people in the world. I appear to be one of them. Sarah Vowell also weighs in.


I have a few fairly predictable interests (chess, reading, comedy, theater, World Cup soccer, history, philosophy) beyond my academic pursuits.  The most interesting dimension to my personal life is my practice of the Baha'i Faith and participation in the activities of its NewYork Capital District community.


Department of Mathematical Sciences
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York 12180

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