Anton Leykin wins 2017 College of Sciences Cullen-Peck Scholar Award

Anton Leykin, who has been selected to receive a 2017 College of Sciences Cullen-Peck Scholar Award in recognition of his innovative research. Anton is in good company with past recipients of this award, including Sung Ha Kang.
Cullen-Peck Scholar Awards: These awards recognize innovative research led by College of Sciences faculty who are at the associate professor or advanced assistant professor level. They are made possible through the generosity of alumni couple Frank Cullen (BS ’73 Math, MS ’76 ISyE, PhD ’84 ISyE) and Libby Peck (BS ’75 Math, MS ’76 ISyE), who wish to recognize and support faculty development within the College of Sciences.
Associate Professor Anton Leykin (School of Mathematics): In recognition of his outstanding research in the field of applied and computational algebraic geometry. This emerging field involves the development of techniques for solving systems of polynomial equations. It is frequently called “nonlinear algebra,” as a tip of the hat to the universally familiar field of linear algebra and an acknowledgment that future scientists and engineers will need to master not just the linear algebra of their predecessors but nonlinear algebra, too. Thus they will be empowered to cut through computational complexity and understand the content of their models. Dr. Leykin’s work spans an impressive range: from pure mathematics, to the development of novel numerical algorithms, to their implementation in software. Recent foci include the asymptotic behavior of ever larger structures, applications of generating functions of finite-state automata, and the implementation of algorithms that arise from his research. He is, in particular, a key developer of Macaulay 2, a widely used system for algebraic computation.

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