Department of Mathematical Sciences
Colloquia and Seminars
Areas of Research
About the Department
- Putnam Mathematical CompetitionThe William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition is an annual
contest for college students established in 1938 in memory of its
namesake. This contest is administered by the Mathematical
Association of America. Over 4000 undergraduate students from
nearly 600 institutions in North America took part in the exam in
2012. Carnegie Mellon's team, which consisted of Michael Druggan,
Albert Gu, and Linus Hamilton placed fifth. Furthermore, 30 CMU
students placed among the top 500.
- Gautam Iyer Awarded Sloan FellowshipGautam Iyer, an assistant professor of Mathematical Sciences and
member of the Center for Nonlinear Analysis, was named a 2013 Sloan Research
Fellow . These fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by
early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.
Professor Iyer studies the equations that model incompressible fluids,
diffusive transport, mixing, liquid crystals and coagulation using tools from
both Probability and Analysis. His research advances our understanding of
mathematical models for a variety of phenomena, including physical and chemical
One of Professor Iyer's research projects addresses vacuums in fluids. It is
universally known that nature abhors a vacuum. In the context of compressible
fluids, however, a rigorous proof of this law has eluded mathematicians for
quite some time. Professor Iyer hopes to use a probabilistic
representation of fluids that he developed in his phd thesis to further our
understanding of the emergence of vacuum states in compressible fluids.
- President of the Society for Industrial and Applied MathematicsPITTSBURGH— Irene Fonseca, Mellon College of Science Professor of Mathematics, has been elected president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, an international professional society for applied mathematicians. She served a one-year term as president-elect in 2012. On January 1, 2013 she began a two-year term as president.
- 2013 CNA Summer School"Topics in Nonlinear PDEs and Calculus of Variations,
and Applications in Materials Science"
Center for Nonlinear Analysis, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, May 30–June 7, 2013
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- PIRE-SISSA WorkshopEvolution Problems for Material Defects: Dislocations, Plasticity, and Fracture
SISSA, Trieste (Italy), September 30-October 4, 2013
Organizers: Gianni Dal Maso, Antonio DeSimone, Irene Fonseca, and Felix Otto
- Summer Undergraduate Applied Mathematics InstituteDates: May 28 - July 16, 2013
Carnegie Mellon University will offer a summer program for twelve undergraduates considering research careers in mathematical sciences. Students who have finished their sophomore or junior years and who have strong academic records will be given preference. Among applicants who are otherwise comparable, admission to the program will be designed to create an ethnically diverse group of participants. Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged.
- Eugene P. Shelly Visiting Associate ProfessorThe Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University expects to annually appoint a Shelly Visiting Associate Professor for a term of one academic year. This position, created through a gift of Eugene P. Shelly, is intended for regular mathematics faculty members at institutions that focus primarily on teaching. The idea is to give Carnegie Mellon faculty and graduate students an opportunity to improve their teaching skills through interaction with the visitor, while simultaneously providing the visitor with an enriched research experience. Application procedures are set each fall.
- Putnam Mathematical CompetitionCMU team places 2nd on the 2011 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. This is the best Putnam result ever for CMU.
- NEW YORK, September 19, 2011 –QuantNet, a leading online news outlet in the field of financial engineering, has recognized the Master in Computational Finance (MSCF) program at Carnegie Mellon University as #1 in its 2011 ranking of financial engineering programs. This program is a joint venture among the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the Tepper School of Business, the Department of Statistics, and the Heinz College. The Department of Mathematical Sciences provides nearly one-third of the instruction in the program.
“We have long enjoyed a strong reputation on the Street,” said Rick Bryant, Executive Director of the MSCF program. “MSCF’s close interdisciplinary collaboration allows us to offer a highly focused, well-balanced curriculum and our graduates have done well in their careers. The QuantNet ranking reflects the many efforts of our students, faculty, administrators and alums and it is great to see.”