CAM News

Faculty Openings

The Department of Statistics has openings for an Associate Professor and Assistant Professor for the Computational and Applied Mathematics Initiative. Applications are accepted at the Academic Career Opportunities jobs site.

September 25, 2017

Computational and Applied Mathematics welcomes its first Ph.D. Cohort

Our first Ph.D. Cohort!

(Left to right: Rebecca Kotsonis, Robert Webber, Justin Finkel, Aaron Chen, Zhisheng Xiao, Ruiyi Yang)

Last week, the Committee on Computational and Applied Mathematics welcomed its first cohort of Ph.D. students to campus with a host of orientation sessions and activities. Students had the opportunity to meet with one another, some for the first time, tour the campus, meet with faculty and staff, including their advisors, and have lunch with the Director of the Committee. We are very excited to welcome our new and returning students and look forward working with each of them throughout the academic year.

September 18, 2017

Welcome Student Affairs Administrator, Zellencia Harris!

Zellencia Harris We are excited to have Zellencia Harris join the CAM team as our Student Affairs Administrator. Zellencia will be working closely with our CAM PhD students, supporting them with things such as orientation activities, registration, financial aid, and addressing any student concerns or resolving any student issues that may arise.

Zellencia comes to the University of Chicago from DePaul University, with over 7 years of experience working in Student Affairs and Student Support Services. She also completed her Master's Degree in Multicultural Communication and Education at DePaul University. Zellencia is a native Chicagoan, originally from the south side Avalon Park neighborhood. Some of her hobbies include cooking, singing, and swimming. We are happy to have Zellencia join us. Please feel free to stop by her office to say hello in Jones 116B!

June 5, 2017

Prize Spotlight: Lek-Heng Lim

Courtesy of SIAM News: Awards and Recognition

Lek-Heng LimWe're proud to award Lek-Heng Lim, University of Chicago, with the James H. Wilkinson Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing in 2017. This prize, established in 1979, is given for research in, or other contributions to, numerical analysis and scientific computing during the six years preceding the award. The purpose of the prize is to stimulate younger contributors and to help them in their careers. The prize will be awarded at the 2017 SIAM Annual Meeting in July.

Q: Why are you excited about winning the prize?

A: Looking at the list of past winners, I am deeply honored and humbled that the prize committee decided that I belong to this list. Usually when I get an email from Nick (Higham), he is either seeking a referee report or conveying one; but his last email (informing me of the prize) came as a very pleasant surprise. I am extremely grateful to the people who kindly nominated me.

Q: What does your research mean to the public?

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March 27, 2017

UChicago Launches PhD program in Computational and Applied Mathematics

By Greg Borzo
March 27, 2017

The University of Chicago's Division of the Physical Sciences is launching a PhD program in computational and applied mathematics, part of an expansion into a field at the intersection of big data and scientific discovery.

The program, which has started accepting applications, has engaged faculty from numerous departments, including statistics, computer science, mathematics, neurobiology, human genetics, and astronomy and astrophysics. It follows the division's addition of an undergraduate major in computational and applied mathematics and the hiring of new faculty focused on the interdisciplinary field.

"The University's expanding focus on computational and applied mathematics provides a training ground for a new generation of scholars who will harness data in new and innovative ways to produce discoveries across the sciences," said Edward "Rocky" Kolb, dean of the division and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics. "The doctoral program will ensure that massive data sets and powerful computational algorithms to which scientists increasingly have access produce rigorous and correct results."

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