The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching in mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education. Guided by the mission of Portland State University and by the principles of disciplinary excellence and cross-disciplinary engagement, we are particularly committed to building expertise and providing leadership in such areas as applied and computational mathematics and statistics and mathematics education.
Dr. Brittany Erickson and Co PI Jeremy E. Kozdon, in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Naval Postgraduate School, were awarded funding by the NSF Division of Earth Science for their collaborative grant entitled "Collaborative Research: From Loading to Rupture - how do fault geometry and material heterogeneity affect the earthquake cycle?" This funding will support the development of a computational framework for simulating the long-term earthquake cycle on geometrically complex faults, with material heterogeneity and plastic deformation. 11/13/15
Dr. Dacian Daescu has been awarded High-End Computing (HEC) resources at the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS). The award allocates 122,883 processor-hours on the NCCS Linux cluster "Discover" for the period 01 November 2015 through 31 October 2016 to support his research investigation "Error Covariance Diagnosis and Forecast Impact Estimation in NASA GEOS DAS". 11/3/15
The 55th semi-annual Cascade Topology Seminar was held on the November 7-8 weekend at Portland State University. The seminar featured talks from a mix of algebraic and geometric topologists. 10/14/2015
Dr. Dacian Daescu is Co-PI to a new research grant from NSF. The project is in collaboration with Dr. Hamid Moradkhani (PI, Civil & Env Eng) and Dr. Karen Karavanic (Co-PI, Comp Sci) and is titled Cyber-Enabled Ensemble Data Assimilation for Drought Monitoring, Forecasting and Recovery. 8/27/2015
Daniel Giles presented his honors project at the MAA's Mathfest 2015 in Washington DC and received a Pi Mu Epsilon Student Speaker Award, one of 10 such awards, chosen from among 87 PME speakers. His honors project was conducted under the advising of Dr. Mau Nam Nguyen. Daniels graduated with math honors last year and will be a graduate student in our MS math program and a TA as well this coming year.