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Marek Elzanowski receives Philanthropic Leadership Award

Marek Elzanowski receives Philanthropic Leadership Award
Professor Marek Elżanowski is the inaugural recipient of the PSU Foundation Philanthropic Leadership Faculty Award.

Jennifer Noll – Revealing the beauty and power of statistics

Jennifer Noll – Revealing the beauty and power of statistics
CAREER Award recipient Dr. Jennifer Noll works to transform college students' statistical thinking.

"Divide and conquer" to solve infeasible problems

"Divide and conquer" to solve infeasible problems
Dimension reduction via upscaling: Many problems in science and engineering are not amenable for solution even with the presence of the current, ever-increasing, computer power.

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.

Departmental News

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.


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.


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.

Under the direction of Dr. Daescu, graduate research assistant Austin Hudson (Civil & Environmental Engineering) received the outstanding student poster presentation award at the 2015 SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences,  held June 29 - July 2 at Stanford University.


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).