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AMATH Collage
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
Curtis and family at a Mariners game.
October 25, 2018
By Emily Curtis, Applied Mathematics MS graduate When I applied to the applied math MS program over a year ago, my plan was to become a data scientist. I’d seriously considered a career as an engineer, an actuary and in statistical analysis, but was drawn by the growing field of data science. I thought the Applied Math program would give me an opportunity to grow my skills and provide me with the qualifications I needed to start my career. While this was absolutely true, that isn’t... Read more
Keshanie
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
Collage of Images from Bernard's Sabbatical
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
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October 25, 2018
SIAM UW AwardRecipient: Benjamin LiuFor exceptional service to the University of Washington Chapter of SIAM for the 2017-2018 academic year. Joseph Hammack Endowment AwardRecipient: Jithin GeorgeFor exemplary work by a student in the Department of Applied Mathematics. Tung Family Endowment AwardRecipient: Jacob PriceFor exemplary... Read more
TeachingCommittee
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
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
The Graduates of 2018 in front of Drumheller Fountain
October 25, 2018
Doctors of Philosophy    Tommaso Buvoli Advisor: Randall J. LeVequePolynomial-Based Methods for Time Integration  Trevor A. Caldwell Advisor: Anne GreenbaumK-Spectral Sets and Functions of Nonnormal Matrices  Brisa N. Davis Advisor: Randall J. LeVequeAdjoint-Guided Adaptive Mesh Refinement for Hyperbolic Systems of Equations Kameron D. Harris Advisor: Eric Shea-BrownThis... 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
Chris Bretherton
August 1, 2018
Professor Chris Bretherton has been named the 2019 Bernhard Haurwitz Memorial Lecturer "for fundamental advances in understanding cloud processes across scales from turbulence and convection to atmospheric waves and large-scale circulations." He will receive the award at the upcoming 99th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona in January, 2019.

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