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General audience BIG Event 2019
November 18, 2019
The Department of Applied Mathematics recently hosted its second BIG ​(Business, Industry, Government​) ​Math Networking and Information ​Session.​​ Students and alumni were invited to hear from industry speakers ​regarding their work in modeling, programming, computing and general job experience.  The event ran from 9:30am to 1:00pm on Tuesday, November 5th, and consisted of two sessions of talks plus a networking lunch. ​Speakers included individuals from Boeing, Dyndrite, Google, Institute ​... Read more
August 21, 2019
By Yian Ma Data science is fueling the change of our society. It is altering the ways we perceive and participate in industries such as mass media, politics, finance, retail business, manufacturing, and health care. On a more institutional level, it is also changing the ways corporations and organizations operate. Many entrepreneurs agree that a major difference between a modern internet-age company and a traditional one lies in their decision making processes. In... Read more
Samuel Rudy at the Sahale Arm Trail
August 2, 2019
By Samuel Rudy I visited the University of Washington as a prospective graduate student just over five years ago. I stayed with a student in Fremont, went climbing, ate great food, and enjoyed the seemingly laid back nature of the department. That weekend alone was enough to sell me on coming here. What really set applied math at the University of Washington apart to me was that the people in the department had such different academic backgrounds and interests. Fitting in with the... Read more
Soraya presenting her AMATH 563 final project at the Physics Informed Machine Learning Workshop
August 1, 2019
By Soraya Terrab After an undergraduate in Physics, I completed an MS in Mechanical Engineering in 2015 and worked in industry. I started as a manufacturing engineer and later stepped into a quality manager role. Not before long, I was unsure where my career in engineering was heading and I became nostalgic for the classroom environment and the entrancing mathematical derivations that kept me hooked on assignments and projects for periods without end. From physics to engineering, I was... Read more
Amath Masters Graduating Students 2018-2019
July 25, 2019
Congratulations to all of our graduates! Doctors of Philosophy Kathleen Champion Advisor: J. Nathan KutzFrom data to dynamics: discovering governing equations from data. Samuel Rudy Advisor: J. Nathan KutzComputational methods for system identification and data-driven forecastingPeng Zheng Advisor: Aleksandr AravkinRobust Modeling and Algorithm Design for Science and Engineering Master of Science... Read more
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June 24, 2019
SIAM UW AwardRecipient: Katherine OwensFor exceptional service to the University of Washington Chapter of SIAM for the 2017-2018 academic year. Joseph Hammack Endowment AwardRecipient: Yu-Chen ChengFor exemplary work by a student in the Department of Applied Mathematics. Tung Family Endowment AwardRecipient: Shane ShangFor exemplary work by a student in the... Read more
Felix Ye with Ken Ribet and Jakob Kotas
October 25, 2018
By Felix Ye, Applied Mathematics PhD graduate I cannot believe my PhD study is over. I had been in Seattle for so long that I almost don’t remember which year I started. I participated in so many others’ graduation ceremonies and now, finally, it was my turn. My memory of classes, lectures, and life in Guggenheim and Lewis Hall are still vivid. One particular memory was watching the precious winter sunsets from the window of the big PhD office in Guggenheim. I feel it was like... Read more
Krithika stands next to a model wing at the Boeing Advanced Research Center at UW.
October 25, 2018
By Krithika Manohar, Applied Mathematics PhD graduate After graduating this summer with a PhD in applied math, I am headed to a postdoctoral position at Caltech. Many people confuse a postdoc with even more schooling. I’ve had to explain to my exasperated grandparents that a postdoc is more of a research apprenticeship, and that I am, in fact, done with “schooling”. Some of my friends still think of PhD students as perpetual students, when in reality we quickly diverge from taking... Read more
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October 25, 2018
By Guðmundur Heimisson, AMath Online MS Student Math is often described as the "universal language", usually by non-mathematicians (or worse, physicists). Sometimes a quasi-mystical meaning is attached to mathematical notation, or even particular symbols, to the extent that the uninitiated might be forgiven for thinking that if aliens descended from the sky we would be able to communicate with them if we just used the Greek alphabet along with a few made-up pseudo-Greek symbols. In... Read more
October 25, 2018
By Jacob Price (graduate) and Kelsey Marcinko, Applied Mathematics PhD students In Fall 2017, one of the authors of this article (Jake Price) organized a graduate student reading group focusing on topics in college mathematics education. The other author (Kelsey Marcinko) has been an extremely active member of the new group. We sought to familiarize ourselves and the department with the current state of college mathematics education research. The group, which consisted of approximately... Read more