Renowned numerical analyst to head IMA
Douglas Arnold, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Pennsylvania
State University, has been named to head the Institute for Mathematics
and Its Applications (IMA). He succeeds Professor Willard Miller,
who stepped down after four years as director.
Arnold's research focuses on numerical analysis, with an emphasis
on partial differential equations, particularly those dealing with
mechanics. At Penn State he was co-director of the Center for Computational
Mathematics and Applications, associate director of the Institute
for High Performance Computing Applications, and a member of the
Center for Gravitational Physics and Geometry. He was in residence
at the IMA twice during the past 15 years.
"Arnold is a world-class numerical analyst who is well-known worldwide,"
says School of Mathematics head Naresh Jain. "It was a real coup
to bring him here." Arnold's wife, Maria-Carme Calderer, whose research
interests include mathematical studies of liquid crystals, will
also join IT's math faculty.
Established by the National Science Foundation in 1982, the IMA
strives to close the gap between theory and applications of mathematics
by fostering collaborations between academic mathematicians and