News & Events - Spotlights

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...

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...

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 24, 2009

  • Dana Randall to deliver the AMS Arnold Ross Lecture

    Dana Randall

    The American Mathematical Society has chosen Dana Randall, Professor in the College of Computing and Adjunct Professor in the School of Mathematics, to deliver the 2009 Arnold Ross Lecture. She will give her lecture, entitled Domino Tilings of the Chessboard: An Introduction to Sampling and Counting, on October 29, 2009 at the National Science Center/Fort Discovery in Augusta.

    The AMS established this annual lecture series for talented high school students in 1993, in honor of Arnold Ross (1906-2002), a mathematician and educator who taught at several universities, including Cal Tech, Saint Louis University, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and the University of Chicago. In 1957, while at Notre Dame, he founded the Ross Mathematics Program, a multi-level summer program for gifted high school students talented in mathematics, and this program has been offered every summer since then. The program was moved to Ohio State in 1964 and is currently sponsored jointly by Ohio State and the Clay Mathematics Institute. Previous Ross lecturers include Curtis McMullen and Barry Mazur of Harvard and Kenneth Ribet and Elwyn Berlekamp of the University of California at Berkeley.    more...

May 29, 2009

  • Sharon McDowell - 2009 Outstanding Staff Award

    Sharon McDowell

    When current students, prospective students and their parents, or even bewildered faculty members seek help at the School of Mathematics' Academic Programs Office, they are ably assisted by Sharon McDowell and Genola Turner.

    Sharon McDowell, who now deals principally with undergraduate matters, joined the School in 2003 as a Staff Assistant for the interdisciplinary MS Program in Quantitative and Computational Finance. From then until 2006, she provided invaluable support to founding QCF Director Dr. Robert Kertz, and due to their devotion and hard work, the QCF program is now one of the most successful interdisciplinary programs at Georgia Tech.    more...

March 5, 2009

  • Working Magic with Students: Matthew Baker

    Matt Baker and Student

    Some people view mathematics as a lonely discipline, but Associate Professor Matthew Baker’s vision of mathematics is highly people-oriented. What he finds most exciting about mathematics is sharing it with others—and share it he does in a wide range of courses for undergraduates and graduate students alike.

    Since arriving at Georgia Tech in Fall 2004, Dr. Baker has taught Math 1512: Honors CalculusII at the freshman level, Math 3012: Applied Combinatorics at the sophomore level, and Math 4150: Number Theory for juniors and seniors. He’s also taught the graduate algebra sequence (Math 6121/2: Algebra I/II), which serves as a gateway for PhD level study in mathematics, and Math 8803: Algebraic Number Theory, a graduate-level topics course.   more...

March 1, 2009

  • Christy Dalton - Financial Manager

    Christy Dalton

    Our current financial manager, Christy Dalton, came to the School of Mathematics as an accountant in 2004. Prior to that, Ms. Dalton held the position of assistant business manager at the Rialto Center for the Arts. Her degree in communications from Georgia State University in 1998 led to employment for a few years in theater management and then to the Rialto.

    Because she proved to be such a valuable staff member, Christy was promoted to the position of financial manager for the SOM in 2005. Together with our efficient accountant, Inetta Worthy, Christy deals with all aspects of funding for the School of Mathematics. In fact, the financial office processes payrolls for faculty, staff, and students; reimburses travel expenses, and supply purchases; manages state, grant, and foundation budgets and retains files for auditing.   more...

February 27, 2009

  • Undergraduate Student Profile: Arthur J. Friend

    AJ Friend

    Originally from Connecticut, Arthur J. "AJ" Friend started at Georgia Tech in the fall of 2005 ready to study mathematics. Why did he choose Georgia Tech? "It was the warmest school I got into," he jokes.

    Why math? He liked math in high school and saw math as the most challenging subject one could study in college. While enjoying balmy Atlanta weather, AJ has kept busy academically with classes, undergraduate research, and independent study (topology).

    His accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. AJ received the Goldwater Award in 2006 and was chosen Outstanding Junior math major in the spring of 2007.    more...