Featured News & Events

January 9, 2017

October 8, 2016

September 30, 2016

  • Prospective Student Day 2016
    All students interested in graduate studies in the School of Math are invited to attend the "prospective student day." This event will offer the opportunity to hear about our graduate degree options, requirements for admission, as well as meet our Faculty and current graduate students. Prospective students from underrepresented groups in the Mathematical Sciences and students from the Atlanta area are particularly encouraged to attend. If you plan to attend, please send your name, the year you plan to graduate, and the college you are attending to dgs@math.gatech.edu.


July 15, 2016

February 24, 2016

  • Zaher Hani wins Sloan Fellowship

    Professor Zaher Hani received the 2016 Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. In the words of a Sloan Foundation press release, "the fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders," and "these outstanding men and women are responsible for some of the most exciting science being done today."    more...

July 1, 2015

June 21, 2015

  • George Lee Cain

    George Cain

    The School of Mathematics is greatly saddened learning that our beloved colleague, George Cain, passed away the morning of Sunday, June 21, after battling pancreatic cancer for about a year. He is survived by his immediate family consisting of Marilyn Cain (spouse), Carolyn Naser (daughter), Charles Naser (son-in-law), and Alex Naser (grandson). The family indicated that they would be having a private cremation right away, and a wake in a month from now. Further information will be posted once those plans are made.    more...

May 13, 2015

  • Enid wins 2015 NACADA Annual Award

    Enid Steinbart. Director of Advising and Assessment for the School of Mathematics, was selected as a 2015 NACADA Outstanding Advising Certificate of Merit recipient in the Faculty Academic Advising category: "This award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated qualities associated with outstanding academic advising of students." She will receive the certificate during the NACADA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV later this year.   more...

April 18, 2015

April 4, 2015

  • Shui-Nee Chow wins CoS Faculty Mentoring Award

    Professor Shui-Nee Chow will be recognized with a College of Sciences Faculty Mentor Award. He was nominated by junior faculty members who wrote a letter describing "his attention to their career path, the advice he offered based on his own experience, and the benefits that this mentoring has brought to their academic life so far." He will be honored at an upcoming CoS Advisory Board meeting and will receive an award of $500.

April 1, 2015

  • CETL/BP teaching awards

    Graduate students Philip Benge and JD Walsh won CETL/BP teaching awards for Graduate Student Instructor and Graduate Student TA, respectively.

    From the awards page "The CETL/BP Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award is the only institute-wide award for Teaching Assistants and symbolizes Georgia Tech's commitment to promoting exemplary teaching."

March 15, 2015

March 14, 2015

March 6, 2015

  • Enid Steinbart wins Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award

    Enid Steinbart, director of advising and assessment for the School of Mathematics, has received the Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award from the Center for Academic Success. In his letter of nomination, Doron Lubinsky described Enid as as the "devoted, innovative, and expert adviser" that we all know her to be. Enid will receive $2,000 and will be honored at the Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon Friday, April 17, 2015.

February 19, 2015

  • Richard Duke

    Our colleague and friend Richard Duke passed away early in the morning of February 19th after an 18-month battle with lung cancer.

    Richard Alter Duke was born in Geneva, Ohio in 1937, earned a bachelor's degree at Kenyon College, a master's degree at Dartmouth, and a doctorate at the University of Virginia in 1965.

    After seven years at the University of Washington, Richard joined the faculty of Georgia Tech in 1972 as assistant director of the School of Mathematics. He served as interim director of the school from 1998 to 2002.    more...

October 31, 2014

  • Appointment on AMS Committee of Science Policy

    Professor Howie Weiss has accepted to serve a three year term on the Committee of Science Policy (CSP) for the American Mathematical Society (AMS). According to David Vogan, President of the AMS, one of the main activities of the CSP is to visit congressional offices to talk about the importance of federal funding for science. Another is to guide the AMS on broad issues regarding science policy. Hopefully, this will increase Georgia Tech's visibility in Washington.    more...

July 27, 2014

July 25, 2014

  • 2014 College of Sciences Cullen-Peck Fellows

    Professor Sung Ha Kang is one of the inaugural College of Sciences Cullen-Peck Scholars. The award includes $10,000 in research or travel funds.

    The awards are made possible through the generosity of alumni couple Frank Cullen (BS '73 Math, MS '76 ISyE, PhD '84 ISyE) and Libby Peck (BS '75 Math, MS '76 ISyE), who wish to recognize and support faculty development within the College of Sciences.    more...

May 3, 2014

  • Alumni Adam Marcus Wins the Polya Prize

    Adam Marcus (PhD ACO'08, advisor Prasad Tetali) will receive the 2014 George Polya Prize at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Chicago in July. He will share the prize with his coauthors Daniel Spielman and Nikhil Srivastava for their proof of the Kadison-Singer Conjecture.    more...

April 25, 2014

April 17, 2014

April 16, 2014

April 12, 2014

March 25, 2014

March 11, 2014

  • School of Mathematics Climbs in U.S. News Rankings

    In the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings, the graduate programs of the School of Mathematics continue to climb, reaching a ranking of #28 this year, up from #36 in 2009.

    Mostly due to the excellent leadership of Robin Thomas in the Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization (ACO) program, Discrete Math had an extremely strong showing, moving from #8 last year to #4 this year.

January 7, 2014

  • Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award
    Professor Dan Margalit and Instructor Klara Grodzinsky have both won the Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award from the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL). Selection for the award was based on high Course/Instructor Opinion Survey (CIOS) scores with high response rates in courses taught during the academic year 2012-13. The award includes a monetary bonus. This is the third year in a row that Klara has received the award.

September 26, 2013

May 24, 2013

  • Georgia Tech Mathematics Ranking
    Georgia Tech mathematics comes in at #18 worldwide in the latest QS World University Rankings. First compiled in 2004, QS World University Rankings were conceived to present a multi-faceted view of the relative strengths of the world's leading universities. The research currently considers more than 2,000 universities and ranks more than 700.

April 10, 2013

  • Dana Randall wins Institute outstanding service award

    Dana Randall Dana Randall, professor of Computer Science and adjunct professor of Mathematics, has received the Institute's Outstanding Service Award. Randall has provided outstanding service to her schools, the Institute and the profession. She focuses a significant portion of her energies on mentorship, with a major emphasis on promoting women in science. She recently organized the event, "Connections for Women: Discrete Lattice Models in Mathematics, Physics, and Computing." She also created a task force on mentoring and transparency for the College of Computing, and she designed the Equity, Diversity and Excellence Initiative currently being launched.   more...

April 4, 2013

April 1, 2013

  • Gautam Goel wins Goldwater Scholarship

    Applied Math major Gautam Goel has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, whose purpose is "to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields." He is the only awardee at Georgia Tech this year.

    Gautam has been working with two Georgia Tech faculty:    more...

March 29, 2013

February 20, 2013

January 30, 2013

  • Former Staff Member, Lorraine Ruff, Passes

     Mrs. Lorraine Ruff, 90, passed away on January 10, 2013. Ruff worked as a part-time secretary at the School of Mathematic's Center for Dynamical Systems and Nonlinear Studies from March 1992 until August 2003. She came to Tech after retiring from Emory University.

    The mother-in-law of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, Ruff was living at the Sunrise assisted living home at the time of her passing.   more...

January 26, 2013

December 17, 2012

  • Klara Grodzinsky wins 1934 Teaching Effectiveness Award

    For the second time in as many years, Ms. Klara Grodzinsky has received the Class of 1934 Course Survey Teaching Award from Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) in recognition of high Course/Instructor Opinion Survey (CIOS) ratings and high response rates. The award includes a monetary bonus and recognition at Celebrating Teaching Day in March. This most recent award was for spring and fall semesters 2012. The previous award was for spring and fall 2011. Out of the 52 recipients this year, 12 also received the award last year.

November 2, 2012

  • Prospective Student Day

    Prospective Student Day

    Students interested in graduate studies in the School of Mathematics are invited to attend Prospective Student Day on * Friday November 2, 2012 *    more...

November 1, 2012

June 18, 2012

May 22, 2012

May 10, 2012

  • Math major Sheridan Ackiss featured
    Sheridan Ackiss, a senior mathematics major, talks about her research looking for hydrated minerals on the planet Mars. Ackiss has interned with NASA and is currently working with Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Assistant Professor James Wray in looking for signs of water on the red planet. Watch video

May 4, 2012

  • Howie Weiss awarded $1.38M grant from Boeing
    Howie Weiss


    Professor Howie Weiss has been awarded a three-year, $1.38M grant from Boeing to study the transmission of infectious diseases on aircraft. Howie and collaborators at Emory University and Delta Airlines will document patterns of passenger movement inside aircraft cabins and inventory the microbes present in cabin air and on surfaces. Howie says that "the ultimate goal of this project is to reduce the transmission of infectious diseases on aircraft." See the Tech News Room article for complete details..

April 25, 2012

April 19, 2012

  • Liang Peng named Fellow of the ASA
    Professor Liang Peng has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the statistical profession. Fellows will be presented with their awards on July 31 in San Diego during the Joint Statistical Meetings awards ceremony.

April 17, 2012

  • 2012 Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Computing Research Symposium
    Professor Christine Heitsch's current undergraduate student, David Esposito, tied for first place in the 2012 Undergraduate Research Opportunities in Computing (UROC) Research Symposium. David's work, "Improved RNA Secondary Structure Prediction Using Stochastic Context Free Grammars," began as a School of Mathematics funded REU project during summer 2011 and has continued through the year. Besides Christine Heitsch, Shel Swenson, and Svetlana Poznanovik were also David's advisors on the project.

April 13, 2012

  • Stavros Garoufalidis named Guggenheim Fellow
    Professor Stavros Garoufalidis has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. The foundation's web site notes that "Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts." Garoufalidis plans to use the award to support his faculty development leave at the Max Planck Institute in Bonn.
  • CETL/BP Outstanding TA Awards
    Undergraduate Melanie Dunn won the CETL/BP Outstanding TA Award in the Undergraduate TA category. This award is the only institute-wide award for our teaching assistants. Also Meredith Casey and Alan Diaz, were nominated in the Graduate TA categories.

March 12, 2012

February 8, 2012

February 1, 2012

January 18, 2012

  • Michael Loss elected to Chilean Academy of Sciences

    Professor Michael Loss was recently elected as a Foreign Corresponding Member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences. Among other things, the citation says that Michael

    "... combines, with elegance and style, physical intuition and mathematical rigor, obtaining profound and highly interesting results in physics as well as in mathematics."

November 11, 2011

  • Robin Thomas Receives 2011 Neuron Award
    Professor Robin Thomas has been awarded the 2011 Neuron award for lifetime achievement in the field of mathematics. The annual Neuron awards were established by Nadacni Fond Karla Janecka (NFKJ, Karel Janecek Endowment Fund) in 2010 and are awarded in medicine, economics, and mathematics. Robin received the prize at a ceremony in Prague this week. There was also a conference in his honor.

September 26, 2011

June 26, 2011

  • Graduate Awards for AY 2010-2011

    At the yearly TA reception on April 12, the Graduate Program awarded its yearly awards to our graduate students. The awardees were selected by the Graduate Committee among a most impressive pool of nominees. This year's recipients are:

May 25, 2011

  • Alan Diaz Receives Goizueta Fellowship
    Alan Diaz, a student new to the Mathematics PhD program, received the Goizueta Foundation Fellowship to pursue doctoral studies at Georgia Tech. The Goizueta Foundation provides the Georgia Institute of Technology with an endowment to establish programs designed to advance students of Hispanic/Latino origin in higher education. New doctoral students are nominated by the graduate school coordinator or school chair at Georgia Tech.


April 11, 2011

  • Prasad Tetali wins CoS Faculty Mentor Award
    Prasad Tetali was one of two winners for the CoS Faculty Mentor award. This award recognizes the time and effort that faculty members spend in mentoring and expresses the Institute's appreciation for the mentor's services to the community. The award will be presented at the College of Sciences/ADVANCE reception on April 15, 4-5:30 pm in the Library's Ferst room.

April 6, 2011

March 21, 2011

  • Michelle Delcourt wins Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award

    Michelle Delcourt

    School of Mathematics' undergraduate student Michelle Delcourt was nominated by Undergraduate Coordinator Doron Lubinsky and won the 2011 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher College Award.

    Michelle Delcourt has a truly outstanding undergraduate research record. It includes REU stints at Clemson University in 2008 (on combinatorics and computational number theory); at Louisiana State University in 2009 (on zeta functions and invariants in algebra and geometry); and Georgia Tech in 2010 (on additive combinatorics). The research that grew out of the first REU, has been accepted for publication in the prestigious and internationally recognized journal, Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society.

    There are at least three other papers, that have been submitted to refereed mathematics journals. Michelle has also presented several talks and poster presentations to seminars and conferences. In particular, Michelle's poster presentation at the 2010 Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America in San Francisco in January, was awarded a prize as one of the leading presentations.   more...

February 18, 2011

January 29, 2011

January 7, 2011

  • JMAA Ames Award Fund
    William Ames Prof. William F. Ames was the dedicated Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications (JMAA) during 1991-2006. He passed away in 2008. The family of Prof. Ames has now donated a substantial sum to honour Prof. Ames' contributions to mathematics and the JMAA.

    Elsevier, Publisher of the JMAA, has donated a matching sum. The combined account, The JMAA Ames Award Fund, is now entrusted with and managed by the American Mathematical Society.

    The Editors of the JMAA have decided that the most appropriate recognition of Bill Ames' many years of outstanding service to the Journal is to establish two awards in pure and applied mathematics, to be made on a yearly basis.

    Each award will be $2,500. In each case, this sum is to be divided equally among the coauthors of a paper, published during the previous year, that is deemed to be of major interest and of high quality. The decision on these two awards will be made by the Editorial Board of the JMAA.    more...

October 15, 2010

  • Flu, The Media and You...

    Howie Weiss

    Since arriving at Georgia Tech's School of Mathematics four years ago, Professor Howie Weiss has expanded his research focus in dynamical systems to encompass population dynamics. He collaborated with biologists at Georgia Tech and Emory, epidemiologists at the Center for Disease Control, and other colleagues to use mathematical modeling to study how populations change and how infectious diseases are transmitted through a population. Currently, Dr. Weiss's research projects include modeling the population and evolutionary dynamics of bacteria in physically structured habitats, modeling the competition of flu viruses, and modeling the dynamics of shigellosis outbreaks in the US.    more...

October 8, 2010

  • Undergraduate Homecoming Poster Session and Reception
    The School of Math hosted a poster session on undergraduate research. Undergraduates who did mathematics research in Summer 2010 displayed and discussed their posters from 4:00 to 5:00pm. A reception with light snacks followed from 5:00 to 6:00pm. Exciting research of some of our top undergraduates and reconnecting with faculty, fellow alumni and friends completed the day! The event was held from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM in the Ferst Room of the Library.

September 13, 2010

  • Justin Filoseta - 2010 Outstanding Staff Award

    Justin Filosetal

    Justin began as a student worker in January 2002, and he immediately distinguished himself with his technical expertise and good attitude. When he completed his Bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech in Computer Science in 2004, he was hired to a full time position where he progressed from being a System Support Specialist II to a System Support Specialist III in less than two years. Throughout his time here, Justin has shown an extremely high level of dedication and service to the School of Mathematics and the Institute as a whole.

    As the lead system administrator for the School of Mathematics, Justin has broad responsibilities over a critical resource for one of the largest schools in the College of Sciences.    more...

September 7, 2010

  • Huy Huynh selected as Clendenin Fellow

    Huy Huynh

    Huy Huynh, PhD student and the School's graduate committee student representative, is a recipient of the 2010 Clendenin Fellowship. These endowed Fellowships are awarded from Kennesaw State University to its alumni who are pursuing graduate studies.

    A prestigious scholarship offered at Kennesaw State University (KSU), the Clendenin Graduate Fellows is the first graduate fellowship program of its kind at KSU. The Program seeks to attract outstanding individuals interested in earning a master’s or doctoral degree with financial awards of $3,000 - $15,000.    more...

August 2, 2010

  • Cathy Jacobson invited to an ITA Academic Session Panel

    Cathy Jacobson Ms. Cathy Jacobson has been asked to participate on a panel at the International Teaching Assistants (ITA) Academic Session of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL) 2011 Annual Convention to be held in New Orleans during March 16-19. The focus of the presentations will be the "Relationship Building in International Teaching Assistant Programs." Emphasis is rightfully placed on the relationships between International Teaching Assistants and their students. However, the ITAs' relationships with and within the TESOL's programs have a significant impact on their success and satisfaction. Presenters discuss the relationship dynamics fostered by their programs and the resultant differences in ITA experiences. The five panel members include:    more...

June 18, 2010

June 11, 2010

April 30, 2010

  • The Mitchel T. Keller Lifetime Achievement Award

    Graduate student, Mitch Keller, has received another distinction. The Graduate Student Senate has voted to initiate an annual award to the most outstanding graduate student in terms of distinguished service and leadership. The award is named the "Mitchel T. Keller Lifetime Achievement Award", with Mitch the first to be so honored. Mitch has received a number of awards and honors during his time here at Georgia Tech including    more...

February 21, 2010

December 9, 2009

  • Mitchel Keller wins Marshall Sherfield Fellowship

    Mitch Keller

    We are proud of our student Mitch Keller who has won a Marshall Sherfield Fellowship starting October 1, 2010.  Keller is completing his PhD in Mathematics under the supervision of Tom Trotter, and will spend his Fellowship at the London School of Economics.  Keller has been an exemplary PhD student.  On top of his excellent academic performance, he has shown exceptional leadership skills through his involvement with graduate student life at Georgia Tech, the High School Math Competition, and many other activities.  He has been a great and generous friend to many students, faculty and staff at Georgia Tech.   more...

  • Jack K. Hale

    Jack Hale

    Dr. Jack Kenneth Hale, 81, of Atlanta died December 9, 2009. He left eastern Kentucky in 1944 to attend Berea College in Berea KY. After graduating from Berea, he attended Purdue University for his doctor of philosophy degree in mathematics. Dr. Hale spent many years teaching and doing research in mathematics at Georgia Tech and Brown University. One of his most rewarding accomplishments was working with forty-seven PhD students. Some of his awards are the Chauvenet Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, British Carnegie Fellowship and Sigma XI sustained Research Award. Some of his memberships are Corresponding Member of the Brazilian Academy of Science, Honorary Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh and Foreign Member Polish Academy of Science. He received honorary degrees from Ghent, Belgium; Stuttgart, Germany; University Tecnia of Lisboa, Portugal; Rostock, Germany and Clark University, Worcester, MA.   more...

November 10, 2009

September 8, 2009

  • Tom Morley goes "Inside the Black Box"
    This week, one of Georgia Tech's favorite calculus professors, Tom Morley will be the featured guest on the WREK talk show called "Inside the Black Box." Morley will join hosts Pete Ludovice and Bill Hunt to talk about calculus in a segment entitled "Calculus: Math in Motion". The discussion won't just cover why calculus impresses people at cocktail parties, but actually what it is and how it is useful. Tune in Wednesday September 8, 2009 from noon to 1:00 pm EDT to WREK 91.1 FM or listen online at http://www.wrek.org/blackbox.

August 12, 2009

  • William "Bill" Ames

    William Ames

    The School of Mathematics lost a part of its legacy last week on August 3rd. Professor Bill Ames, a previous director of the school, passed away. He was a Navy veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He obtained his undergraduate (Phi Beta Kappa) as well as graduate degrees in applied mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1950 and 1954, respectively. He was a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware and the University of Iowa. In 1975 he joined Georgia Institute of Technology and became the director of the School of Mathematics in 1982 and chairman of the University Center of Mathematics in 1988. He was a Regents' Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Tech. He authored eighteen technical books and 113 research publications on applied mathematics and proudly collaborated on several publications with his daughter Karen, also a professor of mathematics. Many of these publications have been translated internationally. Bill Ames became co-editor-in-chief in 1991 of the Journal of the Mathematical Analysis and Applications. He always showed exceptional levels of devoted service, was greatly respected among his colleagues, and his legacy continues with his numerous graduate students who became professors at universities worldwide. Among Bill's passions were playing bridge, completing the daily crossword puzzles with his wife, Terry, international and national travel, and reading historical books.

    A tribute was published in 2007 by the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications in honor of his 80th birthday.

    A celebration of Bill's life was held on Thursday, August 13. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity.

July 11, 2009

  • 2010 Regents' Teaching Excellence Award

    Professor Matt Baker has been selected as the recipient of the 2010 Regents' Teaching Excellence Award for faculty at research universities. This award is the highest honor for faculty at Georgia's public colleges and universities.  Baker was commended for his undergraduate and graduate teaching, the success of his research students, and his outreach to high school and community groups.  For a more in-depth article on Baker, please see his spotlight.

May 27, 2009

  • 2009 Fulkerson Prize

    Robin Thomas was one of the four-person research team that was awarded the 2009 Fulkerson Prize. The other team members were Maria Chudnovsky (Columbia University), Neal Robertson (Ohio State University), and Paul Seymour (Princeton University). Thomas serves as Director of the Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization interdisciplinary Ph.D. program. He and his colleagues are being recognized for their paper: The Strong Perfect Graph Theorem, Annals of Mathematics Vol. 164 (2006), 51-229, in which they resolved the long-standing conjecture of Claude Berge: A graph is perfect if and only if it contains an odd hole or the complement of an odd hole as an induced subgraph (an odd hole is an odd cycle on five or more vertices).

    The Fulkerson Prize is sponsored jointly by the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Programming Society. This year's prize, including a $1500 cash award, will be presented at the opening session of the 20th International Symposium on Mathematical Programming in Chicago, on August 23, 2009. Thomas, along with Robertson and Seymour, also shared the 1994 Fulkerson Prize.  It is very rare to have repeat awards in such a competition.

May 21, 2009

  • Math Students win NSF Fellowship

    Two Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization (ACO) students were successful in the very tough competition for NSF Graduate Fellowships during the 2009 funding cycle.  Luke Postle was awarded a 2009 Graduate Research Fellowship, and ISyE ACO student, Daniel Dadush, received an honorable mention. More information about the fellowships can be found at www.nsfgrfp.org.    more...

May 1, 2009

  • Prasad Tetali named SIAM Fellow

    Prasad Tetali was one of four Georgia Tech professors named as a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).  Tetali was recognized for contributions to discrete mathematics and algorithms.

    The SIAM Fellows Program began in 2008 to recognize members who have made outstanding contributions to their fields. More on the program can be found at fellows.siam.org.

    The other Georgia Tech professors named as Fellows were William Cook (ISyE), for contributions to the Traveling Salesman Problem and other combinatorial optimization problems, Ellis Johnson for contributions to combinatorial optimization and its application to logistical problems, and George Nemhauser (ISyE) for contributions to scheduling methodology and large-scale combinatorial optimization problems. All three Fellows are members of the multidisciplinary program in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization (ACO)

April 21, 2009

April 20, 2009

April 18, 2009

  • Tom Trotter and the School of Math receive Gretzinger Award

    The School of Math will receive a $2,000 donation in recognition of Tom Trotter. This is from the College of Sciences (CoS) Ralph and Jewel Gretzinger "Moving Forward School" Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize the leadership of a School chair or former chair who has played a pivotal role in one or more of these areas: diversifying the (tenure or tenure-track) faculty composition in view of gender or race, creating a family friendly work environment, and providing a supportive environment for junior faculty.  The award is named for Ralph and Jewel Gretzinger, whose endowment supports the award.  Trotter was recognized with plaque at the CoS Advisory Board Meeting by CoS ADVANCE Professor Wing Li.  The School will receive an award of $2,000 intended for but not limited to enhancing activities toward the above-mentioned goals.

April 14, 2009

  • Graduate Awards

    The Graduate Committee announced the winners of the School of Mathematics graduate awards. "We received several outstanding nominations, in all categories, which attest to the high level of achievement of our graduate students" said Luca Dieci, Graduate Coordinator. Congratulations to:

    • Shannon Bishop and Ian Palmer - Outstanding TA Awards
    • Carl Yerger - Festa Fellowship Award
    • Alex Grigo and Hwakil Kim - Top Graduate Student Awards
    • John Pearson and Alessandro Pugliese - Best PhD thesis Awards

April 6, 2009

  • Jie Ma won Student Paper Competition at SIAM-SEAS 2009
    Jie MaMathematics student, Jie Ma, won a student paper competition at the 33nd Annual SIAM Southeastern-Atlantic Section Conference (SIAM-SEAS 2009) held at the University of South Carolina on April 4-5, 2009. Jie was recognized for his presentation titled "Judicious mixed partitions of graphs," based on joint work with Pei-Lan Yen and faculty advisor Xingxing Yu. This work presented in the paper "On several partition problems of Bollobas and Scott" has been accepted for publication in J. Combin. Theory Ser. B.

March 20, 2009

  • CETL/BP Outstanding TA awards

    Two School of Mathematics' TA's won CETL/BP Outstanding TA awards for 2008/09:

    • Laura Stiltz - Undergraduate teaching assistant award
    • Selma Yildrim - Lead instructor award

    They will be formally recognized at the Student Awards Luncheon held on April 23, 2009. Georgios Amanatidis was the school's Graduate teaching assistant nominee. Klara Grodzinsky was instrumental in organizing the nomination packages and gathering all the supporting materials. Cathy Jacobson assisted with editing all the award packets. This year marks the 5th in a row that one of our math TAs has won the CETL/BP Outstanding TA award. Congratulations to all of our TAs for being the best on campus!

  • Nicole Larsen receives honorable mention
    Nicole Larsen, a senior with majors in both applied mathematics and physics, was recognized by the Association of Women in Mathematics by receiving a Schafer Prize Honorable Mention. She has been involved in two research projects: one on enumerating pseudoknotted RNA secondary structures with Christine Heitsch, the results of which are being prepared for submission, and another in physics. Nicole has also been active in the mathematics community at Tech. She has been an undergraduate teaching assistant for several semesters and was the only undergraduate judge for the 2008 Georgia Tech High School Math Competition. The Schafer Prize link provides a very nice write-up on Nicole.

March 13, 2009

  • A.J. Friend wins Phi Kappa Phi cup

    Mathematics major A.J. Friend has won the prestigious Phi Kappa Phi cup. This is the top academic honor for graduating seniors on the GT campus. The minimum requirement for the award is a 4.0 GPA, and there were 39 students that met the minimum. The selection of the winner depended upon a record of high scholarly achievement, intellectual sophistication, and research accomplishments. Congratulations A.J.!

    Other recent winners of the Phi Kappa Phi cup who were from the School of Mathematics are: David Vener (2001 BS) who went on to get a Ph.D. at MIT (2006) and Vida Blair Dowling (2002 BS) who went on to get a Ph.D. at Princeton (2007).

    For further information about A.J., see his recent spotlight.

March 11, 2009

  • 2009 Sigma Xi Best Ph.D. Thesis Award
    Our former graduate student Adam Marcus, PhD ACO-Math 2008, is a recipient of the 2009 Sigma Xi Best Ph.D. Thesis Award. His thesis advisor was Prasad Tetali.

March 9, 2009

  • 2009 Outstanding Staff Award
    Sharon McDowell has been named as one of Georgia Tech's 2009 Outstanding Staff Performance Award winners. Sharon will be honored at the Faculty-Staff Honors Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, April 15, 2009. She will receive a plaque and a well-deserved cash prize.

February 4, 2009

  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellowships

    Two talented young mathematical scientists have received NSF postdoctoral fellowships ... with their sponsoring senior scientists being members of the School of Mathematics faculty:

    Our records may not be complete, but to the best of our knowledge, Eric Carlen is the only other member of the School of Mathematics faculty who has served as sponsoring senior scientist for an NSF postdoc fellow. Congrats to Kevin and Valerie for the recognition of their talent and potential evidenced by these presitgious awards. And congrats to Prasad and Christine for the honor that comes with service as mentor!

    **We note that Valerie has since moved to UC Berkeley to work under the direction of Lior Pachter.

  • ACO Alumni Receives NSF Fellowship

    Adam Marcus (ACO'08), currently Gibbs Assistant Professor at Yale University, was notified that he will receive a National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for the next three years. These are among the most prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, with only about 30-35 being awarded annually nationwide.   more...

January 15, 2009

  • Prasad Tetali Appointed Editor-in-Chief of SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics

    Prasad Tetali has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Journal on Discrete Mathematics, informally known as SIDMA.  The journal publishes research articles on a broad range of topics from pure and applied mathematics including combinatorics and graph theory, discrete optimization and operations research, theoretical computer science, and coding and communication theory.

    While maintaining very high standards, SIDMA is also very broad, perhaps the broadest among discrete mathematics journals. Tetali's appointment was announced following the reports of two SIAM committees charged with charting future direction of the Journal. The committees recommended that "in choosing the next Editor-In-Chief for SIDMA, SIAM should search for a researcher whose own work displays the breadth sought for the journal."