Recent Applied Math News Articles

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Stephen Becker is an assistant professor in the Applied Mathematics Department.  His research centers around optimization and its applications to extracting information from big data sets. In particular, he focuses on first-order methods for matrix completion and robust PCA models, on convex analysis, and on applications to signal processing such as compressed sensing and quantum tomography.  He joined the department in 2014, after being a postdoc fellow at Paris 6 University and the Goldstine postdoctoral fellow at IBM Research in New York.

The Learning Assistant Program at CU Boulder brings the benefit of individual instruction to large science courses. The program assigns accomplished science majors to courses in order to “improve the quality of science education for all undergraduates”. Michelle Duggan and Bridget Morales are learning assistants for Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems (APPM 4350). Learn more about the Learning Assistant Program here.

What are the duties of a learning assistant? How is a typical class period structured?

Plumley is a graduate student in the Applied Mathematics Department working under the advisement of Applied Mathematics Professor and Department Chair Keith Julien. Her research includes the development, investigation and simulation of reduced PDE multi-scale models that accurately capture the turbulent dynamics of the geodynamo. The geodynamo operates over disparate spatial and temporal scales that prohibit direct application of the Navier-Stokes equations even with massively parallel high-performance computing architectures.

Jeffrey Gay, mechanical engineering major and applied math minor, won the 2015 Telemark National Championship for ski racing. This year the National Championship took place at Sunlight Mountain Resort on Sunday, March 15th. Gay grew up skiing with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club based out of the local Steamboat ski area, Howelsen Hill. He attributes much of his success in balancing his high level of ski racing with an engineering course-load to that of the Engineering Honors Program in Andrews Hall. Gay, heading into his fifth year at CU Boulder, began and will finish his CU career within the program. He attended the Championship proudly wearing an Applied Math Department hat and shirt, thus blending two of his high achievements together.

Read more about the Telemark National Championship here.



Ben Southworth, second year graduate student, has received an esteemed three-year fellowship from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in order to pursue a doctoral degree in an area of DoD interest. The fellowships are awarded to graduate students of science and engineering that have shown special aptitude for advanced training in their field. Each year only 200 fellowships are granted, and the selection process is highly competitive. The fellowship includes full payment of tuition and all mandatory fees for a school of the recipient's choosing, a monthly stipend, and medical insurance.

More information on the DoD Fellowship can be found here.


John F. Nash Jr., Math Genius Defined by a 'Beautiful Mind,' Dies at 86

By Erica Goode

John F. Nash 1928-2015


John F. Nash Jr., a mathematician who shared a Nobel Prize in 1994 for work that greatly extended the reach and power of modern economic theory and whose decades-long descent into severe mental illness and eventual recovery were the subject of a book and a 2001 film, both titled “A Beautiful Mind,” was killed, along with his wife, in a car crash on Saturday in New Jersey. He was 86.

Dr. Nash, and his wife, Alicia, 82, were in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike when the driver lost control while trying to pass another car and hit a guard rail and another vehicle, said Sgt. Gregory Williams of the New Jersey State Police.