Princeton professor to receive prestigious prize in mathematics

June 30, 2009

Ralph E. Kleinman Prize to be awarded to Weinan E

Weinan E, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University will be awarded the Ralph E. Kleinman Prize at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in Denver, Colorado, July 6-10.

Professor E is being honored for his extraordinary interdisciplinary contributions and for his exemplary record in mentoring students and postdocs. He has had a profound impact on research in stochastic partial differential equations and turbulence, numerical solutions of multiscale problems, dynamics of interacting dislocations, liquid crystals and polymers, metastability, protein folding, gas dynamics, epitaxial growth, micromagnetics, and superconductivity.

Weinan E received his Ph.D. from University of California, Los Angeles and is currently a professor in the Department of Mathematics and the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. His research interests include multiscale modeling, density functional theory for electronic structure analysis, theory and modeling of rare events with applications in chemistry and material sciences, stochastic partial differential equations, and the mathematical theory of solids, from atomic to macroscopic scales. Professor E is a member of the American Mathematical Society, American Physical Society, and SIAM. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and is among the inaugural class of SIAM Fellows.

Established in 1998, the Ralph E. Kleinman Prize is awarded every other year to one individual for outstanding research or other contributions that bridge the gap between mathematics and applications. Work that uses high-level mathematical tools is particularly appropriate. The value of the work is measured by the quality of the mathematics and its impact on the applications. Each prize may be given either for a single notable achievement or for a collection of such achievements.

The members of the selection committee for the 2009 award include Graeme Milton (Chair), University of Utah; Margaret Cheney, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Michael Miksis, Northwestern University; Rosemary Renaut, Arizona State University; and William Symes, Rice University.

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