(Credit: ICM 2014 Communications.)


Texas A&M University mathematician Yalchin Efendiev will cap a historic week for his profession in style Friday (Aug. 15), delivering a public lecture on multiscale modeling and methods as an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) 2014 in Seoul.

Efendiev, a leading expert in numerical and computational mathematics and co-holder of the Richard E. Ewing ExxonMobil Chair in Computational Science, joins Stanford University's Maryam Mirzakhani -- honored Tuesday (Aug. 14) at ICM 2014 as the first woman to receive mathematics' most prestigious international prize, the Fields Medal -- and hundreds of other eminent mathematicians at the Korea Science and Technology Center in Seoul, which currently represents the world's greatest stage for mathematics research and education.

ICM 2014 began Monday (Aug. 13) and runs through next Thursday (Aug. 21), offering a jam-packed, nine-day slate of plenary and invited lectures, short communications, poster sessions and other scientific activities. Nearly as grandiose as it is groundbreaking, the event is held every four years and is so large-scale that it is planned three years in advance.

Efendiev's presentation, "Multiscale Model Reduction with Generalized Multiscale Finite Element Methods," is set for 5 p.m. Friday as the closer among the first block of three invited lectures representing the Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing section, one of 19 within the overall ICM 2014 scientific program. The section's second block of three is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Efendiev's world-respected research focuses on numerical analysis and scientific computation with applications to porous media fluid flow, primarily ground water and oil recovery modeling. He and fellow Texas A&M mathematicians are working in additional mathematical modeling-related areas, from fuel cell simulations to wind energy development, as part of a broader contingent of Texas A&M researchers exploring energy solutions designed to meet the world's needs while also helping to preserve its natural resources.

It is for good reason that ICM is widely viewed as the single most prestigious venue in global mathematics, says Emil J. Straube, professor and head of the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics. For starters, speaker selection is a coveted honor extended to only the top five percent of mathematicians worldwide, including Straube himself in 2006 as well as five other current Texas A&M Mathematics faculty members in addition to Efendiev: Ronald DeVore and Guoliang Yu in 2006; Gilles Pisier in 1998 and 1983; Rostislav Grigorchuk in 1990 and Ronald Douglas in 1978.

"Only the very top experts in their areas are invited to present their work," Straube said. "Dr. Efendiev is one of only six speakers in the session on Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computation -- recognition that is well deserved, given his influential work in numerical and computational aspects of partial differential equations."

A member of the Texas A&M faculty since 2001, Efendiev received his doctorate in applied mathematics from the California Institute of Technology (1999), where he earned the W.P. Carey Prize for outstanding thesis work in applied mathematics. He is director of the Institute for Scientific Computation (ISC) and a co-principal investigator in Texas A&M's multi-million-dollar Institute for Applied Mathematics and Computational Science (IAMCS), one of four international interdisciplinary scientific research centers established in 2008 by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia to initiate collaborative research on targeted problems facing Saudi Arabia and the world. In addition to his teaching and research duties at Texas A&M, he currently serves as director of the Numerical Porous Media SRI Center at KAUST.

Efendiev is a member of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). In addition to authoring nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications, he is co-author of a book, Surveys and Tutorials in the Applied Mathematical Sciences, and serves on the editorial board of eight international journals, including Multiscale Modeling and Simulation: A SIAM Interdisciplinary Journal and Numerical Mathematics: Theory, Methods and Applications.

Efendiev has been recognized with several major awards, including the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Fraunhofer-Bessel Research Award (2011) and as a QRI Scholar (2011). His overall research program has a strong track record of funding support from both federal and industry sources, including the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Energy, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Chevron and SINOPEC.

For more on Efendiev and his research, visit http://www.math.tamu.edu/~yalchin.efendiev/.

To learn more about the International Congress of Mathematicians, go to http://www.icm2014.org/.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@tamu.edu or Dr. Yalchin Efendiev, (979) 458-0836 or efendiev@math.tamu.edu


  • Dr. Yalchin Efendiev

    Texas A&M University mathematician Yalchin Efendiev is an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2014, a coveted honor reserved for the top five percent of mathematicians worldwide.

  • Crowded House

    Wide (above) and close-up shots (below) of the assembled crowd in Coex Hall D on the Korea Science and Technology Center campus during opening events for the ICM 2014, which runs from Aug. 13-21 in Seoul. (Credit: ICM 2014 Communications.)

  • Invited Panel

    An example invited panel session at ICM 2014. (Credit: ICM 2014 Communications.)

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