Fifteen PhDs Awarded in 2000
Fifteen graduate students in the Department of Mathematics were awarded PhDs in the year 2000. With their thesis advisor, thesis title, and current address, they are:
BEHN, Antonio F. (Advisor, D. Passman)
``Group rings whose principal ideals are projective and groups with bounded representation degree'', Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station TX 77843-3368.
BERGER, Kurt M. (Advisor, P. Milewski)
``Asymptotic and numerical analysis of free surface flows; lump solitons and wave turbulence'', Zassenhaus Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department, Ohio State U., 231 W. 18th Ave, Columbus OH 43210.
CHOI, Jongho (Advisor, P. Milewski)
``Long nonlinear water waves over a periodic bottom topography'', Lecturer, UW-Madison.
EGGE, Eric S. (Advisor, P. Terwilliger)
``A generalization of the Terwilliger algebra'', Assistant Professor, Gettysburg College, 300 N. Washington St, Gettysburg PA 17325.
EGHBALNIA, Hamid (Advisor, A. Assadi)
``A complex valued over complete representation of information for visual search: A learning theoretic approach based on multiscale symmetry'', Department of Biochemistry, NMRFAN, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
FELCYN, Pawel (Advisor, J. Robbin)
``Classifying spaces of moduli spaces of Morse shale flows'', Faculty Assistant, UW-Madison.
FRANKLIN, Bradbury (Advisor, T. Kurtz)
``The limit of the normalized error in SDEs and SPDEs'', Lecturer, Mathematics Department, U. Nebraska-Lincoln, 933 Oldfather Hall, Lincoln NE 68504.
HILDEBRAND, Jeffrey D. (Advisor, G. Benkart)
``Some results on down-up algebras over fields of prime characteristic'', Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main St, Meadville PA 16335.
HOLTZ, Olga V. (Advisor, H. Schneider)
``Theorems and counterexamples on structured matrices'', Associate Researcher, Computer Science Department, UW-Madison, 1210 W. Dayton St, Madison WI 53706-1685.
JEON, Woo (Advisor, J. M. Osborn)
``Generalized Cartan type algebras and their deprivations'', Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics, University of Minnesota-Duluth, 10 University Dr, Duluth MN 55812-2496.
KUNG, David T-S. (Advisor, A. Seeger)
``Local smoothing phenomena for operators failing the cinematic curvature condition'', Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department, St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD 20686.
MAC NAIR, Simon G. (Advisor, T. Zariphopoulou)
``Valuation problems in incomplete markets'', Post-Doc Fellow, University of British Columbia, #121-1984 Mathematics Rd, Vancouver BC, Canada V6T 1Z2.
MC KINZIE, Mark B. (Advisor, M. Bleicher)
``The Halley-Euler method Instructor'', Department of Mathematics, Monroe Comm. College, 1000 E. Henrietta Rd, Rochester NY 14623.
WANG, Dejia (Advisor, S. Lempp)
``Saturation properties in the computably enumerable degrees'', Faculty Assistant, UW-Madison Mathematics Dept.
ZIEBARTH, Jennifer (Advisor, A. Adem)
``On the mod p cohomology of the symplectic group Sp4(IFp) and the general linear group GL3(IFp)'', Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department, Earlham College, Richmond IN 47374-4095.
New Graduate Students in Fall 2000
Thirty-two new students began graduate studies in the Mathematics Department in the fall of 2000. Their names and undergraduate institution are listed below.
|BENESH, Bret J.||University of Minnesota-Twin Cities|
|BOYLAN, Matthew G.||UW-Madison/Penn State University|
|CHAKRABARTI, Debraj||Indian Institute of Technology/Carnegie Mellon|
|CHARALAMBIDES, Marios||University of Cyprus|
|CHATTERJEE, Rohit||University of Texas at Austin|
|DWYER, Christopher||Notre Dame/University of Chicago|
|EL-GUINDY, Ahmad||Cairo University|
|ELLINGTON, Duane||Wake Forest University|
|ELY, Robert E.||University Northern Colorado|
|EVANS, Michael D.||Penn State University at Erie|
|GANESAN, Ashwin||Marquette University|
|GOOD, Clark E.||University of Texas at Austin|
|KIESERMAN, Noah M.||Dartmouth College|
|LADLEY, Michael S.||Eastern Michigan University|
|LEETE, Jennifer A.||College of Wooster|
|LI, Xiantao||Peking University/Georgia Tech|
|LU, Tianshi||New York University|
|MNEIMNEH, Ola A.||American University Beirut|
|MOFFITT, Derek||Washington University|
|MORTENSON, Eric T.||UW-Madison/University of Texas|
|NEUBAUER, Darren R.||University of Michigan-Dearborn|
|NEWTON, Benjamin W.||Carleton College|
|NGUYEN, Xuan Hien||University Libre de Bruxelles|
|ORES, Kathleen S.||University of Montana|
|OWEN, Robert H.||Princeton University|
|RAICHEV, Alexander||Cornell University|
|REIRIS, Martin||U. de la Republica, Uruguay|
|SHALLUE, Andrew R.||Gustavus Adolphus College|
|SUTTON, Taliesin||University of Michigan|
|SWISHER, Holly M.||University of Oregon|
|VASQUEZ, Elisa||University de los Andes|
|WIESNER, Emilie B.||Washington & Lee University|
Derek Moffit received a two-year Prize Fellowship from the Graduate School. Xuan Hien Nguyen received a one-year Belgian American Educational Fellowship. Named VIGRE Fellows were: Matthew Boylan, Rohit Chatterjee, Michael Evans, Clark Good, Noah Kieserman, Derek Moffit, and Emilie Wiesner. Four continuing graduate students were given VIGRE fellowships for the calendar year 2001. They are Matthew Bloss, Aaron Miller, Andy Raich, and Paul Taylor. They were selected as second year students making rapid progress towards the PhD.
Department Awards to Graduate Students
From left: M. Jenkins, J. Cotrina,
A. Raich, T. Boester
From left: O. Holtz, B. Chen
Olga Holtz wrote a thesis on matrix theory in 2000 under the direction of Professor Emeritus Hans Schneider. Her paper ``Not all GKK t-matrices are stable'' (Linear Algebra and its Applications, 1999), based on work from her thesis, was one of two selected by the SIAM Group on Linear Algebra to receive their award for an outstanding paper in applicable linear algebra published during 1997-1999. The award, consisting of a calligraphed certificate and a plaque, was presented to Olga at the Seventh SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra in Raleigh, North Carolina, October 23-26, 2000. In addition, Olga was invited to present a plenary lecture giving an overview of the prize paper.
Bohui Chen is working with Professor Yongbin Ruan and is expected to receive the PhD this year. According to Professor Ruan, Bohui has made a major advance to an outstanding conjecture (the Witten conjecture) in gauge theory.
Mark MacLean named L&S Teaching Fellow
Mark MacLean was chosen to be an L&S Teaching Fellow for 2000. This award, worth $700, recognizes the high quality of Mark's performance as a teaching assistant in the Department of Mathematics and his many other contributions to the Department. Indirectly, this award to Mark is a compliment on the quality of teaching by our TAs. During Welcome Week at the beginning of the fall semester, Mark led a workshop for incoming TAs in all L&S departments. Mark is currently finishing up a thesis on algebraic combinatorics with Professor Paul Terwilliger.
Hirschfelder Fund Scholarships to
Inwon Kim, Shantala Mukherjee, and Meta Voelker
From left: M. Voelker, I. Kim,
Excellence in Teaching Award to Eric Egge
Eric Egge was selected this past year for a Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of his outstanding teaching. This campus-wide award is given to five to eight TAs each year. The award, for $1000, was presented at a ceremony at the Pyle Center on May 1, 2000 which was followed by a luncheon. This is the eighth consecutive year that a Mathematics Department TA has won one of these awards. Eric's selection is more evidence of the excellent teaching of Mathematics TAs, and the campus's recognition of them. Eric is now an Assistant Professor at Gettysburg College.
French-Felten Award to Scott Trigg
From left: S. Trigg, Dean Certain, Alejandro Adem