*By Prof. K.K. Tung, Applied Mathematics*During the Decadal Program Review conducted this April, the Department posed the following question to the Program Review Committee: Should the Department establish an undergraduate major in applied mathematics? This may seem like a strange question, as almost every applied mathematics department in the US has its own undergraduate major. (There are some exceptions but these are the non-departmental units such as joint programs among several... Read more

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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

October 25, 2018

*By Keshanie Dissanayake, retired Administrator*I retired a few months ago after working at the UW for thirty-eight years, of which many years were spent at Applied Mathematics. I was not too certain of what to expect from life as a retiree, but to date it has been a very exciting experience. Since I retired, I have kept myself busy by traveling overseas with my husband and reconnecting with friends and relatives. As I move on, I would like to take a moment to remember the wonderful... Read more

October 25, 2018

A Word from the Chair

*By Bernard Deconinck*Third newsletter in this electronic format already! A quiet year in some ways, and an eventful one in other ways. First, I want to extend my thanks to Professor Randy LeVeque who stepped in as acting chair, while I was on sabbatical in Autumn and Winter Quarters. You never fully leave being chair behind, but Randy made my life while I was away a lot easier. I suspect some of you might not read this entire letter, so I will put the important... Read more October 25, 2018

Applied Mathematics: The Next 50 YearsJune 17-22, 2019

*(Registration begins February 2019)*Applied Mathematics at UW started in 1969 when Carl Pearson founded the Applied Mathematics Committee, which was a vehicle for the teaching of some applied math courses. Through different steps (the Applied Math group, the Applied Math program), this effort resulted in the formation of the Department of Applied Mathematics in 1985. In 2019, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Applied... Read more 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

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 Jack Simonson, CFRM MS Graduate*When I started the Computational Finance and Risk Management (CFRM) program I truly had little-to-no idea of what I would wind up doing once I graduated. I had vague notions of what I might do and areas of study that interested me, but what company or job description I wanted to wind up with was still a mystery. I imagine that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way when entering the program, but hopefully what I can say here will help assuage some of... Read more

October 25, 2018

Doctors of Philosophy

**Tommaso Buvoli***Advisor: Randall J. LeVeque*Polynomial-Based Methods for Time Integration**Trevor A. Caldwell***Advisor: Anne**Greenbaum*K-Spectral Sets and Functions of Nonnormal Matrices**Brisa N. Davis***Advisor: Randall J. LeVeque*Adjoint-Guided Adaptive Mesh Refinement for Hyperbolic Systems of Equations**Kameron D. Harris***Advisor: Eric**Shea-Brown*This... Read more October 25, 2018

**SIAM UW Award**

*Recipient:**For exceptional service to the University of Washington Chapter of SIAM for the 2017-2018 academic year.*

**Benjamin Liu****Joseph Hammack Endowment Award**For exemplary work by a student in the Department of Applied Mathematics.

*Recipient: Jithin**George***Tung Family Endowment Award**

*For exemplary... Read more*

**Recipient: Jacob****Price**