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. Dacian Daescu has received an amendment in amount of $82,162 for the project entitled “Error Covariance Diagnosis and Forecast Impact Estimation in NASA GEOS DAS” from National Aeronautics and Space Administration. This project aims to optimize the information content of high-resolution observations in NASA Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS) data assimilation and forecast system.
Dr. Mara Tableman and Dr. Derek Garton were awarded the 2015 John Eliot Allen Outstanding Professor Award in Statistics and Mathematics.
Dr. Mau Nam Nguyen was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Faculty Researcher Award in Mathematics by the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of Sigma Xi.
The department hosted the second annual Cascade RAIN (Regional, Applied, Interdisciplinary and Numerical mathematics) Meeting on Saturday, April 4th, 2015. These free, one-day seminars bring together researchers and graduate students, primarily from the Pacific Northwest region, to present their work in a lively and collegial atmosphere. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
The Southern California Earthquake Center, which is jointly supported by the USGS and NSF, awarded Dr. Brittany Erickson $25,000 to support her work on the proposal "The Effects of Plasticity and the Evolution of Damage Zones in Earthquake Cycle Simulations".
The goal of this proposal is to develop a computational earthquake cycle model for studying the evolution of damaged fault zones over multiple ruptures. The plan is to implement plasticity in a 2D anti-plane quasi-dynamic earthquake cycle code, and to run simulations to assess the effect of plasticity on first-order earthquake parameters (magnitude and recurrence time).
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.