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Texas A&M University mathematicians Dr. Ronald A. DeVore and Dr. Peter Kuchment have earned selection to the 2018 class of Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Fellows in recognition of their exemplary research and outstanding community service.

DeVore and Kuchment are among 28 mathematical scientists worldwide -- including four in Texas -- honored with selection to this year's class, announced March 29 by the society and recognized for their achievements that help advance the fields of applied mathematics and computational science. Texas A&M is one of five institutions with two honorees, joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Oxford, Stanford University and the University of Texas at Austin in that distinction.

DeVore was cited "for fundamental contributions to the mathematical foundations of information and computational sciences," while Kuchment was cited "for fundamental contributions to mathematical physics and inverse problems." Each will be recognized during the 2018 SIAM Annual Meeting, set for July 9-13 in Portland.

DeVore, a world-renowned expert in approximation theory, numerical analysis and signal processing, joined the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics faculty in 2007 as a visiting professor. He was appointed in 2008 as the inaugural holder of the Dr. Walter E. Koss Endowed Professorship in Mathematics and as a distinguished professor in 2010. Last May, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Kuchment, whose international expertise spans the fields of partial differential equations, medical imaging and mathematical physics, has been a member of the Texas A&M Mathematics faculty since 2001 after 11 years on the faculty at Wichita State University. He earned appointment as a distinguished professor in 2011 and, along with DeVore, is one of 11 Texas A&M mathematicians who were named inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society in 2012.

"The work of University Distinguished Professors Ron DeVore and Peter Kuchment shows in exemplary fashion how mathematics at the highest level can contribute decisively to answering questions that arise prominently in science, technology and engineering and, at the same time, derive important inspiration from these very questions," said Dr. Emil J. Straube, professor and head of Texas A&M Mathematics. "It takes exceptional individuals like these two new Fellows to achieve this synthesis so successfully. We are very fortunate to have then in our department and at Texas A&M. I congratulate Ron and Peter on this well deserved honor."

DeVore, a fellow of the Bulgarian Academy of Science (2007) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2001), is globally recognized for his many contributions and achievements in a variety of mathematical areas, including applications of Fourier analysis, numerical analysis and approximation theory to problems in signal analysis and remote sensing. His hundreds of colloquia and conference presentations include plenary addresses for the AMS, SIAM and the prestigious International Congress of Mathematicians -- a coveted honor extended to only the top two if not one percent of mathematicians worldwide.

DeVore's research at Texas A&M is supported by external grants from several federal agencies and organizations, including the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), that total more than $1 million per year. He has published three research-level monographs and hundreds of articles in various peer-reviewed journals, earning him consecutive mentions to Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers list in both 2015 and 2016.

A native of Detroit, DeVore earned his bachelor of science in mathematics at Eastern Michigan University in 1964 and his doctorate at Ohio State University in 1967. From there he taught at Oakland University and the University of South Carolina, where in 1999 he founded the Industrial Mathematics Institute (IMI), for which he served as director until 2005, the same year he was appointed Robert L. Sumwalt Distinguished Professor Emeritus. He has been honored with numerous career prizes and awards, including the Bulgarian Gold Medal of Science, the SPIE Wavelet Pioneer Award, an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award (2002) and a Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Research (2014).

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 two decades 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 NSF, the U.S. Departments of Energy and Homeland Security and other federal agencies since his arrival in the U.S.

In addition to AMS and SIAM, Kuchment is a fellow of the Institute of Physics (2009) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2015) as well as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (2015). He has authored nearly 200 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 is the founding 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 Fair, inaugurated by Kuchment and Mogilevsky in spring 2002 as Texas A&M's hallmark activity in celebration of the recently expanded Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month.

Incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1952 and headquartered in Philadelphia, SIAM is an international society of more than 14,000 individual, academic and corporate members from 85 countries. SIAM helps build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology to solve real-world problems through publications, conferences, and communities like chapters, sections and activity groups.

For more on the SIAM Fellows Program and a complete list of 2018 honorees, visit http://www.siam.org/prizes/fellows/index.php.

-aTm-

Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Emil J. Straube, (979) 845-6028 or straube@math.tamu.edu

Hutchins Shana

  • Dr. Ronald A. DeVore

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