Spring 2018 Newsletter

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Letter from the Chair

Dear APAM Family,

APAM closes the 2017-2018 school year in good shape and spirits.

Several positive changes have occurred in our Applied Mathematics program. First, Prof. Michael Tippett, who works on the statistics of extreme climate events and is a key member of our climate modeling program, has been awarded tenure by the University. Second, we successfully recruited one of our applied math graduates, Prof. Kui Ren, to fill the spot created by the departure of Prof. Guillaume Bal. Prof. Ren, who finished his thesis studies under Prof. Bal, is an expert in inverse problems and will contribute greatly to our AM program and Department. We also proclaim our new Calculus-III course, taught by Dr. Drew Youngren, an unqualified success. More than 300 undergraduates took this course for the past two semesters and both the instructor and his team received great reviews.

This spring also brought us sad news. We lost one of the founders of our Department, Dean Robert Gross. He was also the founder of our Plasma Laboratory, which is top-rated in the nation. The Department will work hard and maintain the high standards instituted by Dean Gross.

Finally, I am happy to inform you that I will be stepping down as Chair on June 30, 2018 after six years of service to APAM. On July 1st, Prof. Irving Herman will assume this position. Please join me in welcoming him.

Thank you and goodbye.

I. Cevdet Noyan, Chair

Photos/Images: Barbara Alper, Eileen Barosso, Haogang Cai, Columbia Engineering, James Dickerson II, Avik Dutt, Jeffrey Levesque, Zhaoyi Li, A. Mohanty, I.C. Noyan, Gauri Patwardhan, Diego Scarabelli, Norman Shi, E. Shim, Jeffrey Schifman, Max Terban, Timothy Lee Photographers, Yuan Yang, Nanfang Yu
Contributing Authors: Columbia Engineering, James Dickerson II, Allison Elliot, Holly Evarts, Marilyn Harris, Irving Herman, Jeffrey Levesque, Zhaoyi Li, Kyle Mandli, I.C. Noyan, Cathy O’Neil, Steven Sabbagh


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