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Mihhail Berezovski

Professor Berezovski is an expert in the fields of wave propagation in heterogeneous materials. He has formal training in engineering physics and has a very strong mathematics background. His research interest lies mainly in the realm of the computational mathematics and applied mechanics. The main subject of his research is numerical analysis of dynamic response of advanced and novel materials such as micro-structured, multifunctional, hierarchical, and dynamic materials. 

Professor Berezovski was invited in 2011 to join the Department of Mathematical Sciences as a post-doc scholar.  Mihhail focused his research on numerical analysis of dynamic materials, i.e. material substances with properties variable in space and time. Such substances produce a very special influence upon wave propagation, especially with regard to energy accumulation and storage, as well as to material transport.  A productive study of such effects requires the development of non-standard numerical approaches.

Professor Berezovski began his work on dynamic materials in 2009; before that, he had been involved in active research on wave propagation in complex media. His collaboration with Professor Juri Engelbrecht (Tallinn, Estonia) and Professor Gerard Maugin (Paris, France) produced a series of publications demonstrating the effectiveness of newly developed numerical methods.

Professor Berezovski is in the rock star category of teaching. He brings energy and excitement to the classroom. He’s not afraid to experiment with techniques, such as clickers in the classroom, but it is mainly his style and humor that keeps his students alert. He connects with students, and they respond to him. This is evidenced by his evaluations. In addition to his superb teaching, Professor Berezovski is active in the department. In particular, last two years he took on the responsibility of preparing students for the Putnam Exam. He is doing that again this year, and he is also administering the Virginia Tech Math Contest at WPI.

Research Interests

  • Numerical Methods for Hyperbolic PDEs
  • Mathematical Material Science
  • Computational Solid Mechanics


  • BSc, Tallinn University of Technology, 2003
  • MSc, Tallinn University of Technology, 2006
  • PhD, Tallinn University of Technology, 2010

Featured Publications

  • M.Berezovski, A.Berezovski. "On the stability of a microstructure model," Computational Materials Science, 52:193–196, 2012
  • M. Rousseau, G. A. Maugin, M. Berezovski. "Elements of study on dynamic materials," Arch. Appl. Mech, 81:925–942, 2011
  • M. Berezovski, A. Berezovski, J. Engelbrecht. "Waves in materials with microstructure: numerical simulation," Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, 59(2):99–107, 2010
  • Berezovski, J. Engelbrecht, M. Berezovski. "Waves in microstructured solids: a unified viewpoint of modeling," ACTA Mechanica, 220(1–4):349–363, 2011
  • A. Berezovski, M. Berezovski, J. Engelbrecht. "Numerical simulation of nonlinear elastic wave propagation in piecewise homogeneous media," Mat. Sci. Engng, A 418:364–369, 2006
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