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Kurt Sebastian

Kurt Sebastian

Professor, Dean of the School of Business, Education, and Mathematics


Research, Professional and Creative Activity


  • K. Sebastian and C.-W. Shu, Multidomain WENO Finite Difference Method with Interpolation at Subdomain Interfaces, Journal of Scientific Computing, Vol. 19, Nos. 1-3, December 2003. K. Kremeyer, 
  • K. Sebastian, and C.-W. Shu, Computational Study of Shock Mitigation and Drag Reduction by Pulsed Energy Lines, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Journal, Vol. 44, No. 8, August 2006. 
  • U.S. Coast Guard Papers (Advisor to Undergraduate Research Capstone Projects) 2008 U.S.C.G. Officer Specialty Accession Point Mix Pandemic Influenza Effects 2009 
  • District Command Center Watch Relief Scheduling 2010 Aviation Logistics Center Parts Forecasting 2012 
  • U.S.C.G. Academy Satterlee Hall Room Scheduling District 1 (Northeast Area of Responsibility) Living Marine Resource Enforcement Optimization U.S.C.G. Enlisted Critical Rate Management 
  • U.S.C.G. Promotion Zone Forecasting 2013 
  • Markov Chain Analysis of Coast Guard Senior Officer Promotion Flow 2014 
  • Female Afloat Assignment Optimization 2015 
  • District 17 (Alaskan Area of Responsibility) Aviation Response 


  • 05/2003 Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. Thesis: Multi Domain Weighted Essentially Non Oscillatory (WENO) Method with Interpolation at Subdomain Interfaces.
  • 05/1994 M.Sc. in Applied Mathematics, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
  • 05/1988 B.Sc. in Mathematical and Computer Sciences, United States Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, USA. 

Area of Research:

  • Computational and Fluid Mechanics Undergraduate Capstone
  • Advisor for Consulting Projects in Operations Research
  • Pedagogy of Teaching Mathematics
  • Mathematics and Art (New Undertaking) 

Professional Profile

Professor Sebastian earned his Ph.D. and Sc.M. from Brown University in Applied Mathematics, concentration in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing. He also earned his B.S. in Mathematical and Computer Sciences from the United States Coast Guard Academy. Dr. Sebastian assumed his responsibilities as Professor of Mathematics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Technology in August, 2015. Prior to that, he was a Professor of Mathematics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he taught for 21 years. Dr. Sebastian had two tours of duty at sea early in his Coast Guard career, one as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Point Arena. He retired as a Captain just prior to coming to Flagler College. Dr. Sebastian has experience in basic research, authoring peer-reviewed papers in Computational Fluid Mechanics and serving as a Fellow at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics at U.C.L.A. working on "Grand Challenge Problems in Computational Astrophysics." He also has experience in applied research involving undergraduate students, directing numerous capstone research projects for senior level students at the Coast Guard Academy providing consulting work in Operations Research for various units throughout the U.S. Coast Guard. Dr. Sebastian is married to the former Anne O'Neill of Pawtucket, RI. They celebrate their 30th anniversary this May. Together they have one son, Nicholas, who lives in East Providence, RI. Nick was recently married to the former Morgan Harrington, also of East Providence, RI. 

Teaching and Related Service

Flagler College:

  • Calculus III (F17)
  • College Algebra (F15) 
  • First Year Seminar (F16)
  • Introduction to Statistics (F15, S16, F16, S17, F17, S18) 
  • Linear Algebra (S16, S17, S18)

United States Coast Guard Academy:

  • Advanced Calculus (S07, S06) 
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics (S15, S14, S04) 
  • BEARS-Freshman Orientation Course (F08) 
  • Calculus I (F14, F13, F09, F08, F05, F03, F02, F00, F96, F95, F94) 
  • Calculus II (F10, S10, F08, S08, F04, S03, S01, S97, F96, S96, S95) 
  • Calculus II Summer (95, 97) 
  • Calculus III - Multivariable (F12, F08, S04, S99, S98, S97, S96, F95) 
  • CGA Summer Math for Incoming Freshman (94, 96, 00) 
  • Differential Equations (S15, S14, S12, S10, S09, S07, S06, S02, S96, S95) 
  • FCAOP-Freshman Orientation Course (95, 96, 97) 
  • Intermediate Differential Equations (F14) 
  • Linear Algebra (F14, F13, F12, F11, F09, F06, F05, F03) 
  • Linear Optimization (S04) 
  • Linear Regression (F11) 
  • Network Modeling and Nonlinear Optimization (F04) 
  • Numerical Analysis (S08, F06, S97) 
  • Operations Analysis – Capstone Course (S15, S14, S13, S12, S11, S10, S09, S08, S07, S06, S05, S04) 
  • Probability and Statistics (S95) 
  • Probability Models (S12, S09) 

New England Institute of Technology:

  • Calculus I (SpQ15, SpQ14, FQ14) 
  • Technical Math I (WQ14, SpQ14) 

More Information

Professional Organizations:

  • Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
  • American Mathematical Society (AMS) 

Club: (Informal Advisor)

  • Flagler College Veterans Club

Office Hours (On Campus): 

  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM