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.
The first Pacific Northwest Numerical Analysis Seminar was held in Portland on October 18, 2014. More than 70 scientists, from over 25 institutions, registered. In addition to participants from academia and government labs, we welcomed computational scientists from 11 companies. The program began with a poster session, an introduction to computational mathematics at PSU by Jay Gopalakrishnan, followed by a series of eight invited presentations. The talks showed how computational mathematics helps in varied areas ranging from classical quantum chemistry to topical events like the disastrous Oso mudslide in neighboring Washington. The conference day turned out to be one of those rare sunny fall days and many participants were seen strolling through the Portland farmer's market at lunch break. All in all, the conference was a great success.
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. 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.
New faculty: We welcome three new colleagues this fall.
Steven Boyce joins us as 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 from 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 joins us as an Assistant Professor.