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Texas A&M Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow Peter Kuchment is a world-renowned expert in the fields of partial differential equations, medical imaging and mathematical physics.

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Peter Kuchment, distinguished professor of mathematics at Texas A&M University, has been recognized as a 2015 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Kuchment is one of three Texas A&M professors who are among the 347 AAAS members honored by their peers with the prestigious distinction this year for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. He joins Doodipala Samba Reddy, professor of neuroscience and experimental therapeutics in the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, and Haiyan Wang, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Dwight Look College of Engineering, as the university's most recent inductees. He is the 21st current or former Texas A&M Science faculty member to earn the prestigious honor, according to combined college and AAAS records.

This year's AAAS Fellows were formally announced in the "AAAS News & Notes" section of the Nov. 27 edition of the journal Science. In addition, each will be presented with an official certificate and gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pins in a Saturday, February 13 ceremony at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Kuchment is a world-renowned expert in the fields of partial differential equations, medical imaging and mathematical physics. He joined the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics faculty in 2001 after 11 years on the faculty at Wichita State University, earning appointment as a distinguished professor in 2011 and selection as one of the 11 Texas A&M mathematicians named inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society in 2012.

Specifically, Kuchment is cited by AAAS "for distinguished contributions to analysis and mathematical physics, including mathematical techniques for medical imaging."

"Peter Kuchment is most deserving of this honor," said Emil J. Straube, professor and head of Texas A&M Mathematics. "His research combines sophisticated mathematics with a thorough understanding of applications. He has set the agenda for research in imaging problems, specifically computed tomography, for many years now. In addition, he has made fundamental contributions to other areas, such as quantum graphs and photonic crystals. We are proud to have Peter as a colleague."

Kuchment earned his Ph.D. in mathematics and physics from Kharkov State University, Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1973 and his doctorate in mathematics and physics from the Academy of Sciences in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1983. He then joined the faculty at the Forestry Institute and State University in Voronezh, Russia, achieving the rank of professor in 1985 prior to immigrating to the United States in 1989. In the past 15 years at Texas A&M, Kuchment has made seminal contributions in the areas of computed tomography, quantum graphs, differential equations and photonic crystals. His research program has attracted continuous funding support from the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies since his arrival in the U.S.

In addition to AMS, Kuchment is a fellow of the Institute of Physics and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has authored more than 150 research publications in peer-reviewed professional journals as well as three books on partial differential equations, quantum graphs and medical imaging, editing seven others in these areas as well. In addition, he has given numerous plenary talks and organized prestigious conferences in mathematical physics, tomography and partial differential equations. Equally respected in the classroom, Kuchment received an Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement College-Level Award in Teaching in 2008.

As a longtime supporter of educational outreach, Kuchment served five years as director of the Summer Mathematics Research Training (SMaRT) Camp, a two-week NSF-funded program he started in 2009 at Texas A&M to broaden and encourage advanced high school students' interest in mathematics. While at Wichita State, he and his wife, Mila Mogilevsky, an instructional assistant professor of mathematics and longtime undergraduate adviser for Texas A&M Mathematics, spent seven years running a similarly successful mathematics program for area high school students. Shortly after arriving at Texas A&M, the two also founded one of the department's staple outreach programs, the annual Math Mini Fair, inaugurated by Kuchment and Mogilevsky in spring 2002 as Texas A&M's hallmark activity in celebration of Math Awareness Month.

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.

To learn more about the American Association for the Advancement of Science, visit www.aaas.org.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@tamu.edu

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  • Peter Kuchment

  • Kuchment, delivering the day's lecture on modular arithmetic as director of Texas A&M's National Science Foundation-funded SMaRT Camp.

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