Sarah Olson wins NSF Career Award
Sarah Olson, a 2008 NC State Biomathematics Ph.D. and faculty member
at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, has won a
National Science Foundation CAREER award, one of NSF's most
prestigious awards for young researchers. The award is for
mathematical modeling of sperm motion. Olson's Ph.D. advisor was
Mathematics Professor Mansoor Haider.
Jiang Luh, 1932  2015
Jiang Luh, a member of the NC State Mathematics Department from 1968
until his retirement in 2002, passed away in Raleigh on July 8. He
was 83. Dr. Luh received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in
1963. He was an algebraist who worked on prime rings and semisimple
rings. He published 62 research papers and supervised 12 Ph.D.
students. In 2002 the MidAtlantic Algebra Conference was held at NC
State in honor of the retirement of Jiang Luh and Kwangil Koh. Dr.
Luh was a founder of the Triangle Area Chinese American Society, which
promotes Chinese language and cultural education as well as cultural
exchange, and served as its first president. An obituary is here.
Dana May Latch, 19432015
Dana May Latch, who taught mathematics at NC State from 1976 until
2000, passed away on May 31 following a period of failing health. She
was 71. Dr. Latch earned her Ph.D. at CUNY Graduate School in 1971.
Her interests were in algebraic topology and theoretical computer
science. She published 15 mathematics research papers and had one
Ph.D. student. During the 1990's she served as a program director in
the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Computer and
Information Science and Engineering. A News and Observer obituary is here.
Spring Math Honors Program Graduates
Congratulations to Mathematics Honors Program graduates Nick Dunn, Thomas Gray, Darren Lipman, Matthew Loeffler, Sam Magura, Nick Quayle, Sara Troutman, and Alexandria Vail. More information is available here.
Wallace wins COS Award for Excellence
Charlene Wallace, executive assistant to Mathematics Department Head Loek Helminck, has been named winner of the 2015 College of Sciences Award for Excellence. This is only the second time a Mathematics Department staff member has won this award. Professor Helminck notes that when anyone in the math department has an issue they don't know how to handle, the mantra is, "I'll ask Charlene!" He adds, "Whatever the crisis of the day might be, Charlene's good nature, sense of humor, and effectiveness get us through."
Banks named first Leroy Martin Distinguished Professor
of Mathematics
Professor H. T. Banks has been named the first Leroy B. Martin Jr. Distinguished Professor of Mathematics. The professorship was created by alumnus Dr. James Goodnight, CEO and cofounder of SAS, to honor Martin, a longtime NC State mathematics professor. Banks's work integrates innovative ideas from mathematics and statistics into powerful predictive models that have profound effects on patient diagnosis and therapy, as well as the design of clinical trials for HIV and other areas of medicine.
Smith wins Outstanding Research Award
Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Ralph Smith is one of four NC State faculty named winners of 2015 Alumni Association Outstanding Research Awards. Professor Smith was recognized for seminal contributions to the modeling and control of smart material systems and to uncertainty quantification. He is coauthor of the book "Smart Material Structures: Modeling, Estimation and Control" (1996), and author of the books "Smart Material Systems: Model Development" (2005) and "Uncertainty Quantification: Theory, Implementation, and Applications" (2014). Professor Smith is the second Mathematics Department faculty member to win an Alumni Association Outstanding Research Award since the award's inception in 1982. The first was Professor H. T. Banks in 1996 and 2008.
Tran named Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor
Mathematics Professor Hien Tran is one of four NC State faculty named 2015 Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professors. The award recognizes outstanding graduatelevel teaching. The selection committee noted that letters from students "attested to the extraordinary quality of the mentoring" that Professor Tran "provided both during and after their graduate programs at NC State." Professor Tran is the second Mathematics Department faculty member to be named an Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor since the award's inception in 1983. The first was Professor H. T. Banks in 2000.
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SAS Hall, Home of the Mathematics and Statistics Departments
The Mathematics and Statistics Departments moved into stateoftheart SAS Hall in May 2009. An article in the PAMS 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.
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