Patrick Kessler, (Click
HERE to visit my new site.)
Please enjoy the mesmerizing motion of
as it rolls without slipping over a surface:
My goal is to develop a pervasive understanding of dynamics in a mathematical context. Machines
fascinate me, even simple ones like Euler's Disk. Describing these with images and numbers is what engineering
is all about.
I just finished six wonderful years in Mechanical Engineering
at U.C. Berkeley. I have had a wonderful time solving various problems under the direction of
I am currently working at a south bay fruit company, where I design cool gadgets and gizmos, sort of like
Characterizing the geometry of tangled physical curves, such as the backbone curves of protein molecules. Data visualization.
Simulation of dynamical systems. Vehicle navigation and control. Numerical methods in mechanics.
On the Shapes of Tangled Curves, October, 2007.
This is my Dissertation.
P. Kessler and O. M. O'Reilly,
Curve Encirclement and Protein Structure,
Published in PRL.
A Geometric Characterization of Solutions to the Algebraic Riccati Equation, September, 2006.
This is my Math Masters Thesis, which I worked on under the guidance of Maciej Zworski. Berkeley's bizzare
thesis formatting rules increased the length of my work by a factor of 3, click here for the long version.
P. Kessler, O. M. O'Reilly, A.L. Raphael and M. Zworski,
On Dissipation-Induced Destabilization and Brake Squeal: A Structured Pseudospectral Perspective,
Published in JSV.
J.P. Coaplen, P. Kessler, O.M. O'Reilly, D.M. Stevens, and J.K. Hedrick,
On Navigation Systems for Motorcycles,
The Journal of Navigation,
vol. 58, pp. 375-388, (2005).
Motorcycle Navigation with Two Sensors, UC Berkeley Mechanical Engineering M.S. Thesis,
S.M. Shahruz, P. Kessler,
Residual Motion in Damped Linear Systems,
Journal of Sound and Vibration.
Vol. 276(3-5), pp. 1093-1100 (2004).
P. Kessler, O.M. O'Reilly,
The Ringing of Eulers Disk,
Regular and Chaotic Dynamics.
Other Printed Matter:
Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 49-60 (2002). This paper has been translated into
A letter I sent to the editors of
American Scientist got printed in vol. 93, num. 6, Nov-Dec 2005.
Unfortunately, the short algorithm
I suggested for flipping mattresses was misprinted in the magazine.
A recent article in
explains how Oliver and some of his students (including me) use toys to
understand major concepts in mechanics.
Oliver and I were thrilled to have our work on spinning disks mentioned in
The Velocity of Honey by
Jay Ingram. If you're interested in a chatty and accessible exposition of various hot topics in modern
day science, you should definitely buy this book.
I am very happy to have received Berkeley's
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award!
My GSI History:
(All degrees awarded by the University of California at Berkeley
| Ph.D. || Mechanical Engineering ||-October, 2007. ||
| M.A. || Mathematics || -September, 2006.||
| M.S. || Mechanical Engineering ||-March, 2004. ||
| B.S. || Mechanical Engineering ||-May, 2001. ||
Partial Fractions Expansion.
Equations of motion for a chain of point masses.
Summary of Operator Facts and Terminology from Linear Algebra Done Right.
Integrability of vector fields.
The Serret-Frenet Triad.
Thesis Statement Tips
The Cal Running Club!
A wonderful site for visualizing juggling patterns.
Timezone, an active community of watch enthusiasts. The articles published here are great!
ThePurists, more watch enthusiasts. Articles, watch reviews, and links to other sites.
Horology: the index, an out of date index to some neat clock and watch sites.
George Hart: Reminds me of Escher.
Arthur Ganson: A sculpter of marvelous machines.
Biographies of Mathematicians
The Long Now foundation. These guys are building an incredible clock.
My brother likes neurons, my
dad likes France, and my mom likes to play the harp.
travelling to exotic locals. I just got back from a trip to Peru!
designing, building, and repairing anything horological
theory, history and continuing developement of watch and clock mechanisms
athletics: running, unicycling, juggling, hiking, frisbee, soccer, etc
media and graphic design, especially data visualization
novel and ingenious mechanisms, like astrolabes and planemeters
dynamics and differential geometry
sculpture and spatial form (i can wander around museums for hours)
Dali, Escher and so on
anything challanging to my imagination
writing and sketching (i try to keep a journal)
cheap novels, literature, and books on history
music: Bach, Beethovan, Mozart, Madonna, Kylie, Queen, Shakira and lots more
piano & organ playing (unfortunately for my neighbors)
stirling cycle engines
mechancial computers: adding machines, slide rules, etc
Continuum Mechanics Lab 2165 Etcheverry Hall (tel. 510-642-4974).