New Approach to Determining Crystallographic Structure
A team of researchers from NC State, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, including Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Ralph Smith, has published a fundamental advance in materials science that will allow researchers to use advanced statistical techniques to derive more complete information about the crystallographic structure of materials using data from scattering experiments. In a paper published August 23 in the Nature journal Scientific Reports, the team shows how to use Bayesian inference to better describe the variability and uncertainty in a material's structure. For more information, see the NC State press release.
Ralph Smith Wins ASME Award
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has named Ralph Smith the 2016 winner of its Adaptive Structures and Materials Systems Award. Professor Smith was selected "for extraordinary contributions in the development of smart materials and adaptive structures through constitutive model development, modeling and nonlinear control, and uncertainty analysis; and for modeling research that has been validated across a broad range of smart materials." The award will be presented at the Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems in Stowe, Vermont, September 28-30.
Conference Celebrates the Research of Professor Kaltofen
Milestones in Computer Algebra 2016 Conference, held July 16-18
at the University of Waterloo, celebrated the research of
Professor Erich Kaltofen. Among 64 registrants, 35 spoke at
the conference, including five invited speakers who surveyed
Kaltofen's work in symbolic computation.
Kaltofen's lecture "Remembrance of Things Past'' described
scientific correspondence with Robert McNaughton on
theoretical computer science, Hans Zassenhaus on polynomial
factorization, and David G. Cantor on Jacobians of
hyperelliptic curves. The conference was funded by
the Fields Institute in Toronto, the University of Waterloo,
and the Maplesoft corporation, which presented Kaltofen with
a model Gomboc,
whose existence was proved with the help of the Maple
software. The photo shows Kaltofen and his wife with eight of
his graduate students: from left to right: Markus Hitz (Ph.D.
1998, RPI), John May (Ph.D. 2005, NC State), Gregory Imirzian (MS
1986, RPI), George Yuhasz (Ph.D. 2009, NC State), Erich and Hoang
Kaltofen, Cleveland Waddell (Ph.D. in progress, NC State),
Wen-Shin Lee (Ph.D. 2001, NC State), Austin Lobo (Ph.D. 1995, RPI),
Y. N. Lakshman (Ph.D. 1990, RPI).
Waddell Wins Best Algorithm Award
Mathematics graduate student Cleveland Waddell won the Angela E. Grant Poster Award for Best Algorithm at the 22nd Conference for African-American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences, held at Princeton University from June 15 to 18. His poster presented a generalization of the Welch-Berlekamp algorithm for decoding and error-correction. The photo shows Waddell with the sister and mother of the late Dr. Grant, a mathematician at Northwestern University. Waddell's Ph.D. advisor is Erich Kaltofen.
NC State Grad Robert Bryant's Journey from Harnett County to AMS President
Robert Bryant, who grew up on a farm in Harnett County, did his undergraduate work at NC State, and is today president of the American Mathematical Society, discusses his upbringing and his personal and professional journey in an interview in the June-July issue of the Notices of the AMS. The photo shows Robert and his brothers and sisters dressed for church in 1964. Robert is wearing the red bow tie.
The End of Harrelson Hall
Harrelson Hall, home of the mathematics department from 1961 to 2009, is currently being demolished, to be replaced, for now, with a landscaped garden. Two news stories, one from the College of Sciences and one from NC State News, recount the building's history.
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SAS Hall, Home of the Mathematics and Statistics Departments
The Mathematics and Statistics Departments moved into state-of-the-art SAS Hall in May 2009. An article in the College of Sciences magazine SCOPE tells how the new building is changing life in the two departments.The story behind SAS hall is here. More SAS Hall photos here. Photos by Ted Branoff of SAS Hall under construction are here.
NC State Mathematics Graduation
The Math Graduation Ceremony for Spring 2016 was held on Friday, May 6th at 3:00 pm in 2203 SAS Hall. Pictures, presentation, program and video are posted here.
Kwangil Koh Lecture on Mathematics in Our Time
Tuesday September 27, 2016 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Ingrid Daubechies, Duke University
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