May 11, 2009

Eight on faculty named fellows of Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Eight Cornell faculty members have been named to the inaugural class of fellows of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The fellows program honors SIAM members recognized by their peers as distinguished contributors to the discipline.

John Guckenheimer, professor of mathematics, was cited for contributions to theoretical and computational dynamical systems and mathematical neuroscience. He studies dynamical systems theory, the longtime behavior of systems governed by deterministic rules and nonlinear systems that arise throughout science and engineering.

John E. Hopcroft, the IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics in the Department of Computer Science, was cited for advances in the design and analysis of algorithms. He works on developing methods for uncovering information hidden in large linked real-world networks. The work has practical applications to the power grid and the Web.

Adrian Lewis, professor of operations research and information engineering, was cited for contributions to variational analysis and nonsmooth optimization. He conducts research in the mathematical study of efficient resource allocation and optimal design and is particularly interested in using a new kind of calculus to study the stability of systems.

Stephen Pope, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was cited for contributions to turbulent flows and combustion. Pope studies stochastic modeling of turbulence phenomena, direct numerical simulations of turbulence and computational methods for combustion chemistry.

Steve Strogatz, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor of Applied Mathematics, was cited for investigations of small-world networks and coupled oscillators and for outstanding science communication. He studies dynamical systems theory and network theory, and uses ideas from graph theory, statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics to study a wide variety of complex networks in both the natural and social sciences.

Éva Tardos, professor of computer science and the Jacob Gould Schurman Chair of the Department of Computer Science, was cited for her work in the design and analysis of graph and network algorithms. Her research aims at optimizing the solutions of problems that involve the interaction of many variables to find the result that is best for all participants, with applications ranging from games to airline scheduling.

Michael J. Todd, the Leon C. Welch Professor of Operations Research and Information Engineering, was cited for advances in interior point methods and semidefinite programming. His research interests are in algorithms for linear and convex programming. Todd teaches courses in linear and nonlinear optimization and game theory.

Charles Van Loan, the John C. Ford Professor of Engineering, was cited for his contributions to and exposition of matrix computations, which involve mathematical operations performed simultaneously on large groups of interconnected items. He has focused on that area since the beginning of his career.