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Fariborz Maseeh

Fariborz Maseeh
Has invested $3.9 million in computational science, [http://www.pdx.edu/insidepsu/feature-masseeh] a discipline that allows researchers to model complex systems such as brain function, regional freeways, even climate change.

Simulate Right - Use Mathematics

Simulate Right - Use Mathematics
The success of scientific computation in recent decades in the design and prediction of complex engineering and biological systems has elevated it into a scientific methodology distinct from the traditional theoretical and experimental methodologies. Dr.

Mathematics as Human Activity

Mathematics as Human Activity
Mathematics is a creative act that is as beautiful and engaging as any of the fine arts and as useful as any of the physical sciences. Too often students and teachers experience mathematics as a dormant list of procedures, definitions, theorems, and proofs.

The Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics is dedicated to excellence in research and teaching in all areas of 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 applied and computational mathematics and statistics.


Departmental News

Mau Nam Nguyen and Sean Larsen have been the recipients of new NSF grants.  Mau Nam is the PI for the grant titled Variational Analysis of Optimal Value Functions and Applications to Nonsmooth Optimization.  See here for more details.  Sean is a co-PI in a joint grant with the MAA and Chris Rasmussen from SDSU. The project is titled Progress Through Calculus.

Jong Sung Kim together with several colleagues at OHSU was the recipient of a 2014 Commission on Cancer Award, from the American College of Surgeons, for a paper published in the Annals of Surgical Oncology.

The Pacific Northwest Numerical Analysis Seminar (PNWNAS 2014) will be coming to Portland State in October. PNWNAS brings together people interested in computational mathematics from academia and government research labs.  PNWNAS has been hosted annually since 1987. This is the first time PNWNAS comes to Portland.  See the conference webpage for more details.

 

New faculty:  We welcome three new colleagues this fall.


Steven Boyce will be an Assistant Professor and works in Mathematics Education.  He received his PhD this Spring from Virginia Tech.  Steven’s general research focus is the modeling of the dynamics and variation between and within (preK-16) students’ mathematics.

Brittany Erickson comes from a Post Doc position at San Diego State.  She received her PhD in 2010 form UC Santa Barbara.  Her research focuses on developing computational methods for solving a wide range of partial differential equations (PDEs) describing Earth system processes, in particular, mathematical models or simulating the full earthquake cycle.  She will be an Assistant Professor.

Panayot Vassilevski joins us as a Professor.  His research is in Computational Mathematics specializing in algebraic multilevel/multigrid methods as well as in scale-free graphs modeling various networks in science and society.  Panayot has been working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories for many years.  He was attracted to PSU by the department’s initiative on computational mathematics and the current faculty team.