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  • CAAM is ranked #11 in College Factual's 2018 Rankings.

    https://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/rice-university/rankings/

    September 2017

  • Franco family establishes CAAM award.

    https://engineering.rice.edu/michael-ross_franco

    The award was established by Franco’s family "to annually recognize one or more outstanding undergraduate juniors or seniors majoring or minoring in computational and applied mathematics who have demonstrated exemplary performance or excellence in a class and/or undergraduate research." Applicants should contact the CAAM departmental office.

    September 2017

  • The CAAM community deeply regrets the passing of Dr. Donald W. Peaceman, a renowned applied mathematician and long time friend of our department [ Obituary ]. Dr. Peaceman was a founder of modern numerical reservoir simulation, and made many important contributions to numerical analysis and the computational solution of partial differential equations. He is especially remembered for his role in the creation of the Alternating Direction Implicit method, originally applied as an efficient time-step for parabolic evolution problems, but later used for many other purposes including constrained optimization. He is also the author of well models popular in reservoir simulators, known as the Peaceman Correction Model.

    In early 2009, CAAM established the Peaceman Lectures on Numerical Mathematics to honor Dr. Peaceman's many contributions to our subject and generous support of our department, and to offer a venue for exceptional young mathematicians. [ www.caam.rice.edu/peaceman_lectures.html ]. The Peaceman Lectures will continue to showcase "rising stars" in numerical mathematics in the years to come.

    June 2017

  • Congratulations to Team Arcs (James Lee, Judy Zhang, Doria Du)! Their "Dynamics of Arches" won this year's CAAM Senior Design presentation.

    April 2017

  • Congratulations to CAAM graduate student Emily Hendryx on the first ever University-wide TA Award for Course Support.

    There is an awards ceremony honoring her achievement at the University Teaching Awards Ceremony on April 25th from 3:00-5:00PM in McMurtry Auditorium.

    April 2017

  • CAAM graduate students Boris Brimkov and Jian Zhai are recipients of the 2017 Alan Weiser Memorial Travel Awards.

    These awards are made possible by an endowed fund established by family and friends of Alan Weiser (1955-1991). See the web-page http://www.caam.rice.edu/memorial/alan_weiser.html to read more about Alan Weiser and past award recipients.

    March 2017

  • Two CAAM Graduate students are among the 2017 NSF Graduate Fellowship Awardees and Honorable Mentions: Peter Geldermans was awarded an 2017 NSF Graduate Fellowship and David Mildebrath received an Honorable Mention.

    Sarah Schwettmann (CAAM & CSCI BS 2015, now at MIT) is also among the 2017 NSF GRFP awardees.

    The 2017 Award list can be found here.

    March 2017

  • CAAM faculty Professors Danny Sorensen and Yin Zhang wrote 3 out of the 20 most read papers in SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing.

    The complete list of Top 20 papers:http://epubs.siam.org/action/showMostReadArticles?journalCode=sjoce3

    February 2017

  • Professor Paul Hand featured in Rice Engineering story.

    https://engineering.rice.edu/paul_hand_caam

    January 2017

  • Professor Matthias Heinkenschloss named Noah G. Harding Chair.

    January 2017

  • CAAM majors Margaret Njeri Gacheru and Shan Zhong as well as CAAM minors Isabelle Ainsley Cochran and Nathan Leo Bucki are the recipients of the 2016 CAAM Chevron Prizes. These prizes are awarded for a particularly outstanding performance in a class, or for notable contributions in undergraduate research. Each prize consists of a certificate and a cash award. These prizes are made possible by a generous gift from the Chevron Corporation.

    December 2016

  • Rice University computational mathematician Professor Richard Tapia has won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s 2016 AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award.

    http://news.rice.edu/2016/11/16/tapia-receives-aaas-public-engagement-with-science-award-2/

    November 2016

  • CAAM undergraduate research featured in the School of Engineering.

    http://engineering.rice.edu/SpotlightContent.aspx?id=8589937548

    October 2016

  • CAAM graduate student, Emily Hendryx, is honored for plenary talk.

    http://engineering.rice.edu/EmilyHendryx/

    August 2016

  • CAAM at Rice ranked in the top 10.

    http://engineering.rice.edu/CAAMranked/

    May 2016

  • CAAM seniors Brian Ho, Rachel Hoffman and Eric Sung have developed a novel way to analyze data for cancer researchers who hope to use magnetic nanoparticles to locate signs of cancer that X-rays would never spot.

    News Release: http://news.rice.edu/2016/04/28/magnetic-nanoparticles-may-reveal-early-traces-of-cancer-2

    April 2016

  • CAAM graduate students Arturo Vargas, Caleb Magruder, and Charles Puelz are recipients of the 2016 Alan Weiser Memorial Travel Awards.

    The students will give the following presentations: Arturo Vargas, "GPU Accelerated Hermite Methods for the Simulation of Waves" (2016 Conference on Spectral and High Order Methods); Caleb Magruder, "Accelerating Newton's Method for Semilinear Parabolic Control Via Reduced-Order Modeling" (2016 SIAM Annual Meeting); Charles Puelz, "One-Dimensional Model of Blood Flow Discretized with RKDG Methods" (2016 SIAM Life Sciences Meeting).

    These awards are made possible by an endowed fund established by family and friends of Alan Weiser (1955-1991). See the web-page http://www.caam.rice.edu/memorial/alan_weiser.html to read more about Alan Weiser and past award recipients.

    April 2016

  • CAAM alumni Professor Gang Bao (PhD 1991) and Professor Clint Dawson (PhD 1988) receive recognition as 2016 SIAM Fellows.

    SIAM Fellows: Class of 2016.

    April 2016

  • CAAM alumnus Michael Franco (CAAM BA 2014) receives a NSF Graduate Fellowship.

    The 2016 Award list can be found here.

    March 2016

  • Congratulations to Professor Richard A. Tapia, University Professor and professor in CAAM, who has won the College-Level Promotion of Education Award at the 2016 Black Engineer of the Year STEM Conference. Richard has received many accolades and this is the latest recognition honoring his work at increasing diversity in STEM fields.

    More about this honor and others that Professor Tapia has won can be read here.

    March 2016

  • Congratulations to Professor Adrianna Gillman for being a recipient of the 2016 Sloan Research Fellowship.

    The Sloan Research Fellowships are awarded to early career scientists in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make a significant impact in their field.

    A list of the recipients is found at: http://www.sloan.org/fellowships/2016-sloan-research-fellows/ or at http://www.sloan.org/fileadmin/media/files/srf/2016_SRF_NYTimes_ad_FINAL.pdf

    More information about Professor Gillman’s award can be found here: http://engineering.rice.edu/adriannagillman/

    February 2016

  • CAAM majors Christopher R. Harshaw, James Lee and Emily A. Meigs as well as CAAM minor James J. Allred are the recipients of the 2015 CAAM Chevron Prizes. These prizes are awarded for a particularly outstanding performance in a class, or for notable contributions in undergraduate research. Each prize consists of a certificate and a cash award. These prizes are made possible by a generous gift from the Chevron Corporation.

    December 2015

  • Professor Maarten de Hoop, the Simons Chair and Professor in Computational and Applied Mathematics and Earth Science is spotlighted in an audio interview for the "AMS Mathematical Moments" feature in which he explains how math helps people to better understand the flow in Earth's mantle and earthquakes. Science360.gov

    December 2015

  • Congratulations to CAAM Graduate Students Maurice Fabien, Caleb Magruder, and Muhong Zhou who were awarded graduate fellowships administered through the Rice University Ken Kennedy Institute (K2I).

    Maurice was awarded the Cray Graduate Fellowship, Caleb, the ExxonMobil Graduate Fellowship, and Muhong, the BP Graduate Fellowship. These students are advised by Professors Riviere, Heinkenschloss, and Symes.

    CAAM is well represented this year. Out of the 8 fellowship recipients, 3 are CAAM graduate students! Great job!

    K2I published a story: https://k2i.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=2147483938

    December 2015

  • Rice University Academy of Fellows is now launched. http://www.riceacademy.rice.edu/

    November 2015

  • Rice named in top 10 schools for applied mathematics in the U.S.

    http://college.usatoday.com/2015/10/06/top-schools-for-applied-mathematics/

    October 2015

  • Dr. Genetha Gray (CAAM PhD 2002, now with Intel Corporation) is featured in the Industrial Math Case Studies videos: http://www.maa.org/programs/faculty-and-departments/pic-math/solving-real-world-problems

    August 2015

  • Congratulations to Professor Matthew Knepley our new assistant professor whose team (PETSC) has won the SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering at CSE 2015 this year.

    The SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering, established in 2002, is awarded by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in the area of computational science in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development and use of mathematical and computational tools and methods for the solution of science and engineering problems. This prize is awarded at the biennial SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering.

    Read about the award and see a picture of Matt and his PETSC Team in the SIAM News article that was featured on July 15, 2015.

    July 2015

  • Professor William W. Symes was given the Desiderius Erasmus Award of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE).

    The Erasmus Award is given in recognition of outstanding and lasting achievements in the field of resource exploration and development. "William Symes has bridged the academic cloister and the industrial melee over a lifetime of outstanding contributions to exploration seismology. He has addressed theoretical and computational problems in wave propagation and, in particular, his seminal works on migration velocity analysis, differential semblance and full-waveform inversion have brought great insights to both academic and industry practitioners. William's ability to distill the salient points of a geophysical problem and to describe them concisely with a mathematical model has transformed current exploration geophysics."

    The full award can be found at www.eage.org/index.php?evp=1957

    June 2015

  • Professor Beatrice Riviere will become CAAM Department Chair on July 1, 2015. Read the full story at: http://engineering.rice.edu/newdepartmentchairs/

    May 2015

  • Professor Maarten de Hoop will join Rice in July 2015 as the Simons Chair and Professor in Computational and Applied Mathematics and Earth Science. This new endowed chair is made possible by a grant from the Simons Foundation and additional fundraising by Rice University.

    Rice News article: http://news.rice.edu/2015/05/01/mathx-grant-brings-applied-mathematicianseismologist-to-rice-2/

    May 2015

  • Congratulations to Professor Illya Hicks who has won the 2015 Rice University Presidential Award for Mentoring. The award is given to a Rice faculty member who demonstrate a strong commitment to mentoring graduate or undergraduate students.

    The 2015 Presidential Award for Mentoring went to Illya Hicks, professor of computational and applied mathematics. The award is given to a Rice faculty member who demonstrate a strong commitment to mentoring graduate or undergraduate students. - See more at: http://news.rice.edu/2015/04/24/faculty-staff-honored-for-excellence-in-teaching-mentoring-service-3/#sthash.m4mf3ecO.dpuf

    May 2015

  • Congratulations to Caleb Fast who was awarded a 2015-16 Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship. The Lodieska Stockbridge Vaughn Fellowship provides a financial award for a graduate student whose record at Rice shows evidence of outstanding achievement and promise. Five awards were given university-wide, one in Social Sciences, one in Humanities, one Natural Sciences, and two in Engineering.

    April 2015

  • Congratulations to Jizhou Li, who has received the 2015 Ralph Budd Award for research in Engineering. This award, made possible through a gift from Mr. Ralph Budd, a former President of the Burlington Lines, is given annually to the graduate student judged to have the best doctoral thesis in the School of Engineering.

    April 2015

  • Jeff Hokanson (CAAM PhD 2014) is shown in today's (4/16) Houston Chronicle article "Rice competition a battle of ideas". Jeff is part of team AcCell Analytics, one of two Rice teams participating in this years Rice Business Plan Competition. The other AcCell Analytics team members are Jason Sanders and Gabrielle Matringe. AcCell Analytics "is creating software that makes medical diagnostics faster".

    April 2015

  • CAAM graduate students David Medina, Rajesh Gandham, Timur Takhtaganov are recipients of the 2015 Alan Weiser Memorial Travel Awards, which provide financial support towards their travel to the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, March 13-18, 2015, Salt Lake City, Utah, http://www.siam.org/meetings/cse15.

    The students will give the following presentations: David Medina, "OCCA: An Extensible Portability Layer for Many-Core Programming" (he also presents a poster "OCCA: A Unified Approach to Multi-Threading Languages"); Rajesh Gandham, "High Performance High Order Numerical Method for Tsunami Wave Propagation"; Timur Takhtaganov, "Optimization under Uncertainty: Application to Electrical Circuits".

    These awards are made possible by an endowed fund established by family and friends of Alan Weiser (1955-1991). See the web-page http://www.caam.rice.edu/memorial/alan_weiser.html to read more about Alan Weiser and past award recipients.

    In addition to David, Rajesh, and Timur, the CAAM graduate students Xiaodi Deng ("Optimal Control Problems With Uncertain Model Parameters"), Brianna Lynn (poster "Optimal Control of Miscible Displacement Equations Using Discontinuous Galerkin Methods"), and Caleb Magruder ("PDE-Constrained Optimization Applied to Core Flooding from Reservoir Engineering") are also presenting their work at SIAM CSE.

    March 2015

  • Erez Lieberman Aiden, adjunct assistant professor in CAAM ( www.aidenlab.org ) and collaborators have assembled the first high-resolution, 3-D maps of entire folded genomes and found a structural basis for gene regulation — a kind of "genomic origami" that allows the same genome to produce different types of cells.

    The paper appeared in Cell.

    See also the Rice News Story and the YouTube Video.

    December 2014

  • CAAM majors Fortino Garcia and Thomas Weidman as well as CAAM minors Xuaner (Cecilia) Zhang and Katherine Van Leeuwen are the recipients of the 2014 CAAM Chevron Prizes. These prizes are awarded for a particularly outstanding performance in a class, or for notable contributions in undergraduate research. Each prize consists of a certificate and a cash award. These prizes are made possible by a generous gift from the Chevron Corporation.

    December 2014

  • Thanks to Brianna Lynn, Cynthia Wood, Caleb Fast, Jonathan Baker, and Tim Becker for their excellent performances during the 2014 SCREECH event http://screech.rcel.rice.edu/.

    Each of the twenty-seven participating engineering graduate students had 90 seconds to pitch their research to alumni, faculty, postdocs, students, judges from all engineering departments, and others who packed McMurtry Auditorium. It was good to see that a relatively large fraction of the 2014 SCREECH participants were from CAAM. Brianna, Cynthia, Caleb, Jonathan, and Tim did a wonderful job communicating the impact of their technical work to a broad audience.

    Thanks also to Professor Jan Hewitt who again did an outstanding job coaching our students as well as many other presenters.

    October 2014

  • Congratulations to CAAM Graduate Students Brianna Lynn, Xiaodi Deng, Caleb Magruder, and Zheng Wang who were awarded graduate fellowships administered through the Rice University Ken Kennedy Institute (K2I).

    Zheng Wang and Brianna Lynn were awarded Shell Graduate Fellowships, Caleb Magruder was awarded a BP Graduate Fellowship, and Xiaodi Deng was awarded an OG HPC Graduate Fellowship. These students are advised by Professors Heinkenschloss, Riviere, and Warburton.

    Two additional awards went to ESCI students Jie Hou and Lei Fu who are advised by CAAM Professor Symes, who has a joint appointment in ESCI.

    This year there were 14 graduate fellowships awarded through K2I and four of them went to CAAM graduate students, and six went to graduate students advised by CAAM faculty. Very impressive!

    October 2014

  • Congratulations to Professor Richard Tapia who has received the 2014 Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to helping minorities and women prepare for higher education and to increase participation of underrepresented students in the sciences.

    Mayor Annise Parker will honor Professor Tapia and other Hispanic Heritage awardees at a reception at the Museum of Fine Arts on October 7. ABC Channel 13 will air a 90 second feature on Professor Tapia Tuesday September 30 at 6:00pm.

    September 2014

  • Mike and Marina Joyce have made a generous gift to the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM) in the amount of $2,500 to support conference travel of Pfeiffer Postdoctoral Instructors. This gift was made in memory of their daughter Dr. Jennifer Joyce Young.

    Dr. Jennifer Joyce Young was a Pfeiffer Postdoctoral Instructor in CAAM from July 2010 until her tragic death in June 2012. She was a beloved member of the department, and an exceptionally talented applied mathematician. Dr. Young received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she had accepted an assistant professor position at Clemson University to start in 2013.

    This generous gift will provide additional important opportunities for CAAM Pfeiffer Postdoctoral Instructors to present their research at professional scientific conferences and interact with leading international researchers.

    July 2014

  • Congratulations to Professor Steven Cox for his 2014 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching. This an impressive fifth time Professor Cox received this prestigious award (previously in 2012, 2002, 2001, and 1999)!

    April 2014

  • Two CAAM Graduate students are among the 2014 NSF Graduate Fellowship Awardees and Honorable Mentions: Boris Brimkov was awarded an 2014 NSF Graduate Fellowship, and Emily Hendryx received an Honorable Mention. Congratulations to both!

    April 2014

  • Congratulations to Professors Illya V. Hicks and Tim Warburton on their promotion to Full Professor of Computational & Applied Mathematics.

    March 2014

  • Congratulation to Professor Richard Tapia, University Professor and Maxfield-Oshman Professor in Engineering, who has received the 2014 Vannevar Bush Award from the National Science Board. The Vannevar Bush Award honors truly exceptional lifelong leaders in science and technology who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the Nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy.

    http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=130815&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

    March 2014

  • Baker College senior Alberto Rodriguez, CAAM graduate student Mario Bencomo and Rice staff member Andrea Galindo-Escamilla are featured as part of Mariachi Luna Llena, the university's first mariachi band and winner of Rice's International Fest. http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/video?id=9393542, http://bit.ly/1eJDUJV

    January 2014

  • Congratulations to CAAM PhD students Emily Hendrix and Charles Pueltz who were awarded a Keck Fellowship in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Training Program in Biomedical Informatics. Both work with Prof. Riviere (CAAM) and Prof. Rusin (Dept. of Pediatrics, BCM).

    December 2013

  • CAAM majors Justin Dong, Michael Franco, Sarah Schwettmann as well as CAAM minor Tim Moon are the recipients of the 2013 CAAM Chevron Prizes. These prizes are awarded for a particularly outstanding performance in a class, or for notable contributions in undergraduate research. Each prize consists of a certificate and a cash award. These prizes are made possible by a generous gift from the Chevron Corporation.

    December 2013

  • CAAM Graduate Students Caleb Fast, Rajesh Gandham, Jizhou Li, David Medina, Jun Tan, and Zheng Wang are featured in this Rice News story http://news.rice.edu/2013/11/14/k2i-awards-record-number-of-fellowships on 2013 graduate fellowships awarded through the Rice University Ken Kennedy Institute (K2I).

    November 2013

  • CAAM alumni Juan Meza (CAAM PhD 1986) and Andrew Schaefer (CAAM BA, MCAAM 1994) have received the 2013 REA Outstanding Engineering Alumnus Award and the 2013 REA Outstanding Young Engineering Alumnus Award, respectively.

    Juan Meza is currently Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of California - Merced. http://naturalsciences.ucmerced.edu/people/juan-c-meza

    Andrew Schaefer is currently the William Kepler Whiteford Professor of Industrial Engineering at The University of Pittsburgh. http://www.pitt.edu/~schaefer/

    Both awards will be presented at the 2013 Alumni Honors Presentation, Friday, November 15, 2013, 4 pm, McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall. http://alumni.rice.edu/rea/Outstanding-Alumni-and-Distinguished-Service

    November 2013

  • Congratulations to CAAM Graduate Students Caleb Fast, Rajesh Gandham, Jizhou Li, David Medina, Jun Tan, and Zheng Wang who were awarded graduate fellowships administered through the Rice University Ken Kennedy Institute (K2I).

    Caleb Fast was awarded an ExxonMobil fellowship, Jun Tan and Zheng Wang were awarded Shell Graduate fellowships, and Rajesh Gandham, Jizhou Li, David Medina were awarded Oil & Gas HPC Workshop Graduate fellowships. These students are advised by Profs. Hicks, Riviere, and Warburton.

    In addition, Lei Fu and Jie Hou, both graduate students in the Department of Earth Science advised by CAAM Professor Symes were awarded BP Graduate fellowships.

    This year there were 15 graduate fellowships awarded through K2I. Six of them went to CAAM graduate students, and 8 went to graduate students advised by CAAM faculty. Very impressive!

    October 2013

  • The Screech 2013 videos are now online at: http://ow.ly/pOPF0

    October 2013

  • Congratulations to CAAM graduate students Emily Hendryx, Rose Psalmond, Jed Gohlke, and Caleb Magruder for their outstanding performances at the 2013 SCREECH competition. http://screech.rcel.rice.edu/

    Each of the thirty-five participating engineering graduate students had 90 seconds to pitch their research to alumni, faculty, postdocs, students, judges from all engineering departments, and others who packed McMurtry Auditorium. Presenters were grouped into five themes ("flights").

    Based on the judge's votes, Emily Hendryx and Caleb Magruder won "best of flight" (best presenter in their group), and all four CAAM students together won the "Department Achievement Award" (the department whose top three student presenters received the most votes).

    October 2013

  • Todays (4/30) front page article "Rice students' math puts city shelter on path for 'no kill' goal" in the Houston Chronicle features the work of the CAAM Senior Design Team "Kennel Club" consisting of the CAAM undergraduates Lilibeth Mata, Katherine McConachie, James Rigby, and Bryan Wigianto. The team developed a simulator to show which methods will be most effective in seeking 'no-kill' status for the Houston BARC dog kennel and help guide policy. The on-line version of the article can be read at:
    http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Students-math-shows-path-to-success-for-BARC-4473833.php
  • Read also the Rice News article.

    April 2013

  • The CAAM Senior Design Team "Kennel Club" consisting of the CAAM undergraduates Lilibeth Mata, Katherine McConachie, James Rigby, and Bryan Wigianto has developed a simulator to help improve the operations of the Houston BARC dog kennel. The team has been invited to present their simulator and their results to the Houston City Council on Monday, April 29, 2013, 10:00am. Congratulations to the team for their excellent work and for making a positive impact on the City of Houston. Thanks also to Professor Mark Embree and to Pfeiffer VIGRE Postdoctoral Instructor Thomas Callaghan for their excellent mentoring of the "Kennel Club" and the other CAAM Senior Design Teams.
  • April 2013

  • Congratulations to Professor Richard A. Tapia for his election into the American Academy for Arts and Sciences.
  • http://amacad.org/news/classlist2013.pdf

    April 2013

  • Congratulations to Professor Beatrice Riviere on her promotion to Full Professor of Computational & Applied Mathematics.
  • March 2013

  • Congratulations to Joey Huchette (CAAM Undergraduate) and Arturo Vargas (CAAM Graduate) who have been awarded prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowships.
  • March 2013

  • Congratulations to Jorge Castanon, who has been invited by SIAM to represent the Rice SIAM Student Chapter at the 2013 SIAM Annual meeting in San Diego.
  • March 2013

  • Congratulations to Meagan Whaley on her Keck Fellowship Award.
  • March 2013

  • Professor Danny Sorensen has been elected chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra (SIAG LA). SIAM Activity Groups (SIAGs) organize conferences, minisymposia, newsletters, electronic communications and Web sites, and they award prizes. Among other activities, the SIAG LA organizes the SIAM Conferences on Applied Linear Algebra and the International Summer Schools on Numerical Linear Algebra (ISSNLA) for graduate students. Professor Danny Sorensen will chair the SIAG LA from January 1, 2013 until December 31, 2015.
  • December 2012

  • CAAM majors Katherine McConachie, Andrew Tilley, Guang Yang, as well as CAAM minor Scott Nauert are the recipients of the 2012 CAAM Chevron Prizes. These prizes are awarded for a particularly outstanding performance in a class, or for notable contributions in undergraduate research. Each prize consists of a certificate and a cash award. These prizes are made possible by a generous gift from the Chevron Corporation.
  • December 2012

  • The Ken Kennedy Institute (K2I) at Rice University facilitates fellowships for well qualified students. Of the eleven fellowships awarded for the 2012/13 academic year, three went to CAAM students: Yin Huang has been awarded the OG-HPC fellowship, Muhong Zhou has been awarded the BP fellowship, and Kun Liu and David Medina have been awarded the Shell fellowship.
  • Congratulations!

    These four join the (former) CAAM graduate students Saifon Chaturantabut, Rajesh Gandham, Igor Terentyev, and Xin Wang (twice), who have received fellowships facilitated by K2I in recent years.

    November 2012

  • Rice mourns the loss of Professor Paul E. Pfeiffer (1917-2012), Professor Emeritus of Computational and Applied Mathematics.
  • Professor Pfeiffer joined Rice as an undergraduate in 1934. He received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering at Rice in 1938 and 1948, respectively, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Rice in 1952. In between, Paul earned a Bachelor of Divinity from the Perkins School of Theology at SMU in 1943. Paul was on the Rice faculty from 1947 until 1998, first as an instructor and, after receiving his PhD, as an assistant, then an associate, and since 1959, as a full professor. Paul was instrumental in forming the Department of Mathematical Sciences, renamed Computational and Applied Mathematics Department in Fall 1992. Read more about Prof. Pfeiffer here.

    Rice News Article

    October 2012

  • Congratulations to Meagan Whaley, whose talk on "Eavesdropping Speech Connections" won the CAAM department prize at RCEL's Screech elevator pitch competition Wednesday (10/4).
  • October 2012

  • Professor Steven Cox has been appointed faculty director of the newly created Rice University Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE).
  • September 2012

  • The work of Demetri Spanos (CAAM BA 2002) with the Silicon Valley Startup Common is featured in Forbes.com
  • September 2012

  • Amber Kunkel, Evi Van Itallie, and Duo Wu (all CAAM BA 2012) have been selected as finalists for the INFORMS "Doing Good with Good OR" prize for their senior design project "Optimal Distribution of Medical Backpacks and Health Surveillance Assistants in Malawi".
  • They will present their work at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in October.

    http://engineering.rice.edu/NewsContent.aspx?id=8589935256

    July 2012

  • Rice mourns the loss of faculty member. Rice News article.
  • Jennifer Young joined the CAAM department in 2010 as a Pfeiffer-VIGRE Instructor.

    June 2012

  • Congratulations to Professor John E. Dennis, Noah Harding Professor Emeritus and Research Professor, Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, who has been awarded an honorary doctor of mathematics from the University of Waterloo on Friday, June 15, 2012. The Waterloo Daily Bulletin writes "Dennis is renowned for his fundamental contributions to continuous optimization. Perhaps his most noted body of work concerns so-called "quasi-Newton" or "secant" methods for optimization. About 15 years ago, he turned his attention to derivative-free optimization (DFO). DFO has been around for decades, but it languished until Dr. Dennis and his students revived it in the 1990s.
  • Currently the Noah Harding Professor Emeritus and Research Professor, Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics, Rice University, Dennis was the founder and editor-in-chief of the SIAM Journal on Optimization and co-editor of the Journal of Mathematical Programming, as well as an advisory editor of Mathematics of Operations Research. As an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo, Dennis participated in research with a number of people in the department and has had useful and productive contact with graduate students working in the area of optimization, both as a mathematical mentor and as a person who has an understanding, informed by personal involvement, of the role of optimization in industry."

    Rice News article

    June 2012

  • A Rice News article on Professor Steven J. Cox's 2012 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching.
  • May 2012

  • A Rice News article on Professor Mark Embree's 2012 George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
  • May 2012

  • Congratulations to Daria Lawrence, who received the 2012 Hardy Bourland Award. The award recognizes staff members in the School of Engineering whose performance is consistently outstanding or whose contributions have significantly improved the School of Engineering or Rice as a whole.
  • April 2012

  • The paper Filtering Deterministic Layer Effects in Imaging (MMS (7) 2009, 1267-1301) by L. Borcea (Prof. CAAM), F. Gonzalez del Cueto (CAAM PhD 2009), G. Papanicolaou, and C. Tsogka has been selected as a SIGEST paper for SIAM Review, Vol. 54, No. 4, 2012.
  • The SIGEST section contains an outstanding paper that has previously appeared in one of SIAM's specialized research journals. SIGEST papers are selected by the editors of the SIAM journals for the importance of their contributions and topic, their clear writing style, and their accessibility for the SIAM community.

    April 2012

  • Congratulations to Professor Mark Embree who has been awarded the 2012 George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching and to Professor Steven Cox who has been awarded a 2012 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching.
  • Congratulations to Professor Wotao Yin on his promotion to Associate Professor of Computational & Applied Mathematics.
  • April 2012

  • CAAM graduate students Mario Bencomo and Anthony Simms, CAAM major Elizabeth Scott Van Itallie, and CAAM minor Michael Eastwood have been awarded prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

    March 2012

  • CAAM graduate student Drew Kouri has been awarded the J.H. Wilkinson Fellowship in Scientific Computing at the Argonne National Laboratory.

    http://engineering.rice.edu/NewsContent.aspx?id=3691

    March 2012

  • CAAM graduate student Jeff Hokanson and Professors Steven J. Cox and Mark Embree made it on the cover of the March 2012 edition of SIAM Review with a picture from their article "One Can Hear the Composition of a String: Experiments with an Inverse Eigenvalue Problem".

    http://link.aip.org/link/?SIR/54/157/1

    March 2012

  • Professor Richard A. Tapia stars in a recent Rice Unconventional Education Feature:

    http://youtu.be/1UIaiEe90NQ

    January 2012

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