Teaching

My goal as a teacher is to develop a relationship with each student to create a learning environment where students develop the confidence and ability to approach topics in science and technology with mathematical thinking and proper communication of results.

I am an MAA Project NExT Gold Dot.

In Spring 2017 and Spring 2019 I taught PIC Math courses.

Classes

  • Univ California Davis: Vector Analysis, Collaborative Learning at the Interface of Mathematics and Biology (CLIMB)
  • Univ Utah: Calculus II, Engineering Calculus II, Differential Equations and Linear Algebra
  • Cornell College: Single Variable Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Calculus with Precalculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Mathematical Modeling, Scientific Computing, Mathematical Models in Biology, Partial Differential Equations, Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematics (PIC Math), Statistical Methods I
  • Univ Wisc Stout: Finite and Financial Mathematics, Calculus II for Engineers, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations and Linear Algebra, Calculus and Analytic Geometry II, Calculus with Precalculus, Preparation for Industrial Careers in Mathematics (PIC Math), Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, Calculus I for Engineers, Field Project in Industrial Mathematics (graduate), Numerical Analysis, Elementary Statistics, Differential Equations

What students say:

  • “Class was fun to go to. Math is not a subject that I would call my ‘favorite’ but this is a class that I always enjoyed going to.”
  • “Such a great teacher. I learned more than I thought I would.”
  • “The availability of Dr. S to the students was by far the best I have experienced in my university experience. My success was based in his willingness to help.”
  • “Dr. Skorczewski went out of his way to make time for his students outside of regular class hours and office hours. This was a saving grace for many of us in the class. [He] made sure that no one was left behind. Until now, I’ve honestly never had a math class where I could say we covered all of the material or even that I understood most of it. He may be a research professor, but he’s a damned fine lecturer too.”
  • ”… was always willing to help students and highly encouraged any questions in class. He also worked hard to get to know his students and it improved the overall environment of the class.”
  • “His lectures were very good; it is hard to make a 2 hour math lecture enthralling, but somehow Professor Skorczewski did it.”
  • “This course was very well organized and relevant to what I would like to do with my career,… it really helped to remind me why I love math in the first place.”
  • “I just wanted to say thank you for being active as a teacher through this 8 week course. Being an online student is miserable and it’s a breath of fresh air to have an active teacher engaged and respond as quick as you do.”

Research

My research interests include working with mathematical models in biology and industrial applications, along with scientific computation and simulation. At the University of Utah, I was working with Dr. Aaron Fogelson modeling blood clotting. My doctoral dissertation is concerned with simulating the flow of suction feeding in fish. Other work I have done includes fluid mechanics of absorption, surface science of paper products and various sensor physics problems while at Kimberly-Clark. I have also worked on projects dealing with the design of liquid crystal displays, hard disk air bearings, and the design of RF MEMS switches.

Selected Publications

  • Skorczewski, T., Cheer, A., Wainwright, P.: The benefits of planar circular mouths on suction feeding performance. Journal of the Royal Society Interface (2012).
  • Skorczewski, T., Crowl, L., Fogelson, A.L.: Platelet motion near a vessel wall or thrombus surface in 2D whole blood simulations. Biophysical Journal (2013).
  • DeViney, B., Skorczewski, T.: Suction feeding on multiple prey. (submitted).
  • Skorczewski, T. Griffith, B., Fogelson, A.L.: Multi-bond models of platelet adhesion and cohesion. AMS Contemporary Mathematics Series on Biofluids (2014).
  • Van Wassenbergh, S, Day, S.W., Hernandez, L.P., Higham, T.E., Skorczewski, T.: Suction power output and the inertial cost of accelerating the neurocranium to generate suction in fish. Journal of Theoretical Biology. (2015).
  • Walton, B.L., Lehmann, M., Skorczewski, T., Beckman, J.D., Holle, L.A., Cribb, J.A., Mooberry, M.J., Wufsus, A.R., Cooley, B.C., Homeister, J.W., Falvo, M.R., Fogelson, A.L., Neeves, K.B., Wolberg, A.S. Elevated hematocrit promotes arterial thrombosis. Blood (2017).

Student Opportunities

I have several project ideas that are appropriate for undergraduate research. If interested please contact me!

Recent Students:

  • Ben DeViney (Univ. of Utah 2013) - Suction Feeding on Multiple Prey
  • Jake Lehman, Jordan Wolfe, Brian Cristion (Cornell College 2014) - Competitive Balance in Sports Leagues
  • Josh Lee (Cornell College 2015) - Immersed Boundary Suction Feeding Simulations
  • Sam Cieszynski(Cornell College 2016) - Cellular Automata Models of Forest Fires
  • Drew Klocke (Cornell College 2016) - Unbalanced Schedules and Conference Rankings in NCAA Division I Basketball
  • Kasper Kittredge (Cornell College 2017) - Modeling Learning in Youth Archery
  • Brandon Andersen (Univ. Wisconsin Stout 2018) - Ornate Box Turtle Shell Growth
  • James Evans (Univ. Wisconsin Stout 2019) - Time-Series Analysis of Wave Elections
  • Jessica Lundberg (Univ. Wisconsin Stout 2021) - K-Cross Validation of Box Turtle Growth Models

Press

UW Stout team excels in worldwide code breaking contest

Math, computer science majors one of 13 teams to crack two of three Kryptos codes

UW Stout student catches a wave with U.S. election research

Also picked up by the Dunn County News 9/2/2019 & Wheeler Report 8/29/2019

Math wizards, for real

Industrial Math class students tackle complex problems to help school district, Mayo Clinic pharmacy make potential improvements

Math prof takes aim at archery data during summer institute

Tyler Skorczewski, assistant professor of mathematics at Cornell College, and Cassandra (Kas) Kittredge have been studying the data behind how youth learn archery this summer.

Student, professor use sports analytics to discover NCAA ranking patterns

Does conference size impact conference rankings in NCAA men’s basketball? According to research and analysis, it does.

On the Simultaneous Motions of Many Blood Cells

Readers who have mentally juggled to compare models of thrombosis based on discrete concepts with those based on continuum representations will enjoy the article by Skorczewski et al. because they bring first-principles methods to provide a fascinating description of the motions of red blood cells.

Recent Blog Posts

Below is something I sent out to a group of undergraduate students I was taking to the MAA Mathfest Conference in Cincinnati August …

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