Bociu Named University Faculty Scholar
Assistant Professor Lorena Bociu has been named one of NC State’s 2016-17 University Faculty Scholars. The 22 recipients of this honor are "top early- and mid-career faculty who are pursuing research to solve society’s most pressing problems.” Bociu’s work on analysis and control of fluid-structure interactions and fluid-solid mixtures aims at understanding the development of glaucoma. She is the second Mathematics Department faculty member to be named a University Faculty Scholar; the first was Seth Sulivant in the program’s inaugural year 2012–13.
Ralph Smith Wins SPIE Lifetime Achievement Award
SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has named Professor Ralph Smith winner of its 2017 Smart Structures and Materials Lifetime Achievement Award. Smith is co-author of the research monograph
Smart Material Structures: Modeling, Estimation and Control
and author of the books
Smart Material Systems: Model Development and Uncertainty Quantification: Theory, Implementation, and Applications. The award will be presented at SPIE's 24th Annual International Symposium on Smart Structures and Material Systems + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring, March 25–29, 2017, in Portland, Oregon.
James B. Wilson, 1924-2016
James B. Wilson, who taught mathematics at NC State from 1957 until his retirement in 1994, died in Raleigh on November 19. Professor Wilson served in the US Army during World War II and taught at West Point from 1951 to 1954. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1957. During his career in the NC State mathematics department, he served as assistant head, associate head, and director of undergraduate instruction. A remembrance of Professor Wilson written by Professor E. E. Burniston at the time of his retirement is here.
Thank a Teacher Letters Honor Math Instructors
Nine Mathematics Department instructors received Spring 2016 Thank a
Teacher letters from students. The NC State Thank a Teacher program
was launched in Fall 2010 "to allow students the opportunity to thank
NC State professors who have gone above and beyond to make a
difference in their lives." The instructors honored were faculty
members Elizabeth Dempster, Molly Fenn, John Griggs, Min Kang, Sandra
Paur and Ralph Smith; lecturer Timothee Bryan; and graduate students
Emily Meehan and Charles Wilson.
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).
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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.
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