News & Events
Congratulations to our graduating class of Spring 2020, including six students who
received their PhD degree.
There were 14 students who received summa cum laude honors in obtaining their Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Arts and Sciences, and four of those (28%) got their degree in mathematics. Moreover, 65% of those earning their BS degree in mathematics recived cum laude or higher honors.
It is with deep sadness that we report that our beloved colleague and friend Professor Cecil Rousseau passed away on April 10. He died peacefully, at his home. He was a mathematical giant who brought distinction to the Department over many years. He will dearly be missed.
Congratulations to Yunusa Olufadi, second-place winner in the 32nd Annual Student Research Forum for the Math and Computer Sciences category. The judges found this research on A Method for Analyzing Multivariate Mixed Endpoints with High-Dimensional Covariates to be remarkable.
Congratulations to Misty Freeman who was selected as a faculty member for one of the statewide dual credit (SDC) content teams who will be creating new curriculum resources for high school teachers. This work will align high school and post-secondary education in Tennessee.
Congratulations to Mathematical Sciences faculty who were recognized at the University's Research Celebration on February 25, 2020. For being First Time Principal Investigators in FY19, Alpha Ba was recognized for his Dual Enrollment Grant from the Southwest Community College and Gisele Goldstein was recognized for her CBMS Regional Conference at Montgomerry Bell Park. George Anastassiou was recognized for being a 2019 Book Author/Editor.
Irena Lasiecka has been interviewed by IEEE Control Systems Magazine, December 2019 vol 39, nr 6. The interview is posted in the section “People in Control" and gives visibility to several PhD students in the UofM Department Of Mathematical Sciences.
Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Irena Lasiecka, has been selected to be an Eisenbud Professor in the program Mathematical Problems in Fluid Dynamics during the Spring 2021 semester. This will be held at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) at the University of California, Berkeley. The Eisenbud Professorship is funded by an endowment from the Simons Foundation, in support of the MSRI’s scientific programs. As a part of the program, Lasiecka will be conducting collaboration with other researchers at UC Berkeley in the area of Fluid Dynamics and Applications, as well as mentoring postdoctoral fellows.
Dr. Alistair Windsor, associate professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and director of the Institute for Intelligent Systems, was awarded $186,660 from Educational Testing Service (ETS) for his project “ETS Sponsored Research Agreement.”
Roberto Triggiani has been selected to be a Research Professor in the program "Mathematical problems in fluid dynamics" during the Spring 2021 Semester, at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), University of California, Berkeley, upon recommendations of the MSRI Scientific Advisory Committee and the program organizers. He will be conducting research work in the area of boundary control and stabilization of fluid equations and fluid-structure interactions. Moreover, he will be mentoring PhD students and Post-Docs.
Buddhika Priyasad was the recipient of the 2019 Dorothy Arata Academic Award sponsored by the University of Memphis Association of Retirees (UMAR). The award was established to honor the memory of Dr. Arata, a former Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Memphis. It is given to a postdoctoral student for an outstanding University of Memphis dissertation. After his PhD in May 2019, Buddhika was awarded a 3-year PostDoc Position at the Mathematics Institute, University of Graz, Austria, to work on a European Union-funded project.
Congratulations to Dr. Gisele Goldstein who was awarded the UofM 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Award (CASDRA).
Dr. Irena Lasiecka is the 2019 recipient of the annual Richard E.Bellman Control Heritage Award of the American Automatic Control Council, the highest award of such professional organization. She received the Award on July 11, in Philadelphia, at the annual conference of this society, before a gathering of over 1,000 people. In the 40-year history of this annual Bellman Award, this is the first time that a woman was selected.
Dr. Irena Lasiecka was named a 2019 Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. SIAM Fellows are nominated for excellence in research and/or industrial work, educational and community activities, or other forms of achievements related to the goals of the organization. Learn more about the 2019 Fellows recipients. Lasiecka was named a fellow for fundamental contributions to control theory of partial differential equations and their dissemination through numerous invited talks, administration positions in professional societies and the mentoring of many PhD students and postdoctoral associates. She is the first UofM faculty member to receive this honor and only the third in the State of Tennessee.
See the Graduate Students' Awards page for a list of recent awards received by our graduate students.
Congratulations to Bentuo Zheng, who has been awarded a Dunavant Professorship for 2018-2021.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $892,649 to the University of Memphis to support the project, Collaborative Research: Promoting Success in Undergraduate Mathematics through Graduate Teaching Assistant Training. This project is under the direction of John R. Haddock (PI), along with co-PI's Tsz Ho Chan, Irena Lasiecka, Fernanda Botelho, and Leigh Harrell-Williams.
The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $1,697,556 to the University of Memphis to support the project, Collaborative Research: The Urban STEM Collaboratory — Building STEM Identity and Student Success through Academic, Financial, Social, and Career Support. This project is also under the direction of John R. Haddock (PI), along with co-PI's Stephanie S. Ivey, Craig O. Stewart, Aaron L. Robinson, and James T. Campbell. This grant is collaborative with the University of Colorado at Denver, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan, for a total amount of five million dollars.
Alpha Ba and Segun George represented the department at the MLK50 Fellows Completion Academy ceremony that was held on February 26, 2018 at the University of Memphis. The University of Memphis Completion Academy for African American Males is a THEC supported grant made possible by Governor Haslam’s acquisition of Lumina funding dedicated to closing racial disparities in institutions of higher learning. Programming to support and accelerate degree completion is the primary focus of this grant which will also emphasize often untold success stories about the college experiences of African American males.
It is with great sadness that the Department of Mathematical Sciences announces that Dr. S.P. Wong, a retired Professor of Statistics, passed away on October 9, 2017. An obituary can be found on his personal webpage and, in memory of his devotion to the mentoring of graduate students, the department has established a new student award for graduate students in statistics.
The Math Learning Center has moved to Dunn Hall 341 (the old Math Library).
Plenary Talks/Invited course-lectures by the DMS Faculty
The Faculty of the DMS is actively involved in cutting edge research in the mathematical sciences. This is reflected by the several high-visibility, invited talks and course-lectures presented worldwide. Some of the key-note talks and lectures recently delivered/to be soon delivered by the DMS Faculty are given in the above link.
Faculty and graduate students from the DMS attended a conference at the Leibnitz Institute in Oberwolfach, Germany, November 20-26, 2016. The topic was Mathematical Theory of FluidFlow Structure Interactions, and some photos are posted here.
Mathematicians and statisticians are listed in top 3 best jobs for 2014.
Dr. Harold Stephens passed away on February 4, 2013 at the age of 93. He was a member of our department many years ago. As a window into the past, here is a history of the department written by Dr. Stephens in 1973.