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Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959

Preston Smith, University News Service, smith@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (01/13/2011)—Three University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering professors have been named fellows to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). These professors have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.

The University professors named fellows are:

Douglas N. Arnold (School of Mathematics) for outstanding research in the design, analysis and implementation of algorithms for the numerical solution of partial differential equations, and for leadership of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).

Mostafa Kaveh (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) for distinguished contributions to multiple sensor signal processing and applications to localization, imaging and communications and for long-standing academic and professional leadership.

Yousef Saad (Department of Computer Science and Engineering) for distinguished contributions in numerical linear algebra, particularly in developing and analyzing iterative methods for solving large sparse linear systems and eigenvalue problems.

This year AAAS awarded this honor to 503 members nationwide. New fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin during the AAAS Fellows Forum 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the 2011 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The tradition of AAAS fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the association’s 24 sections, or by any three fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee’s institution) or by the AAAS chief executive officer. Each steering group then reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

The council is the policymaking body of the association, chaired by the AAAS president and consisting of the members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.