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.
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.
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 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 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 joins us as an Assistant Professor.