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Jacob McGill

Jacob completed both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His Master's thesis work focused on the reproduction and virulence of the Influenza A virus via mathematical modeling. When he is not working, Jacob enjoys cooking, brewing beer, wine making, karate, and traveling. He and his fiancee have traveled the globe from Italy to Japan, where they recently got engaged at the top of Mt. Fuji.

Research Description

Jacob is working on controlling microscopic pattern formation in heteroepitaxial thin films through self-assembly processes. In particular, he is attempting to determine the degree of controllability for microscopic surface morphologies using self-assembly and implement a control strategy that takes advantage of self-assembly to manipulate these morphologies and improves the overall film quality.

Research Interests

Multi-scale modelling and control, model-based control, distributed systems, high-performance computing, blackbox optimization


J. McGill, B.A. Ogunnaike, and D.G. Vlachos, J. Comp. Phys., 2012, In Press

Thesis Advisors

Babatunde Ogunnaike and Dionisios Vlachos