March 11, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

In the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings, the graduate programs of the School of Mathematics continue to climb, reaching a ranking of #28 this year, up from #36 in 2009.

Mostly due to the excellent leadership of Robin Thomas in the Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization (ACO) program, Discrete Math had an extremely strong showing, moving from #8 last year to #4 this year.

March 12, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Several NSF $300K EAGER projects (Early Concept Grants for Exploratory Research) involving School of Mathematics faculty have been awarded. These were spinoffs from the recent "Expeditions in Computing" effort led by Prasad Tetali.

NSF Proposal: 1415460

Title: Eager: Discrete Optimization Algorithms for 21st Century Algorithms

PI: George Nemhauser (co-PIs: Nina Balcan, Avrim Blum, Santanu Dey, Santosh Vempala)

NSF Proposal: 1415496
Title: EAGER: Physical Flow and other Industrial Challenges

PI: Prasad Tetali (co-PIs: Henrik Christensen, Sebastian Pokutta, George Nemhauser)

NSF Proposal: 1415498
Title: EAGER: Convex Optimization Algorithms for 21st Century Challenges

PI: Santosh Vempala (co-PIs: Vladimir Koltchinskii, Arkadi Nemirovski, Justin Romberg, Prasad Tetali)

March 25, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Thomas F. Kieffer, a senior majoring in applied mathematics and physics, recently received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarschip. Kieffer's work focuses on computational astrophysics. “I make use of high performance computing to capture interplay of universal processes such as gravity, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, and radiation,” he said. “A better understanding of these process in an astrophysical context can, in turn, yield results that strengthen the understanding of these processes in other branches of physics.” Kieffer, whose other interests include fitness and playing guitar, said he has been curious about the “cosmological scale of the universe” since he was a child in Navarre, Fla. His first priority upon arriving at Georgia Tech was to find a research position in astrophysics, and by the end of his first semester, he was working with Tamara Bogdanovic, a theoretical astrophysicist and assistant professor in the School of Physics at Georgia Tech.

Kieffer said he is excited about the award, which covers tuition, fees, books, and room and board for $7,500 a year. “It will improve my application quality for graduate schools and the financial support is very helpful, of course,” he said.

His goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and become a professor. He wants to continue doing research to aid in the growth and development of fundamental science, and he also wants to effectively communicate his discoveries to fellow scientists and the general public.

“I just feel a sort of happiness when learning about how nature works,” Kieffer said.

Named for U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater, the Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to students in science, mathematics and engineering who intend to pursue research careers in their fields, with the intent of providing a continuing source of highly qualified scholars in these areas.

March 25, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Ryan Welisch Keane was recently nominated by the School of Mathematics for the College of Sciences Bossart Award. He was selected by a panel of faculty to receive this award in recognition of his accomplishments at Tech. Ryan is an outstanding undergraduate student majoring in Discrete Mathematics and in Computer Science. He is a senior by total hours earned, but will not graduate from Georgia Tech until Spring 2015. At that time he will receive a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Computer Science and BS in Discrete Mathematics. His undergraduate research included 3 semesters working with Dr. Dana Randall in Computer Science focsing primarily on Markov Chain analysis and study. This Spring 2014 Ryan is participating in the Budapest Semester in Mathematics (BSM). BSM is considered by many as one of the top undergraduate study abroad programs in mathematics. Ryan is working with Dr. Alex Kuronya of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics studying Algebraic Geometry.

This award is presented to a top out-of-state student studying in the college. It consists of a $900 financial aid award that is available while the receipients are registered at Georgia Tech in the 2014-5 academic year. The award will be administered by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

In recognition of this award, Ryan is invited to lunch with the members of the College of Sciences Advisory Board (CoSAB) as well as invited to attend the GT Student Honors Luncheon.

March 30, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

The Southeast Geometry Seminar is a series of semiannual one-day events focusing on geometric analysis. These events are hosted in rotation by the following institutions:

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • The Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Emory University
  • The University of Tennessee Knoxville

This event will be held on March 30, 2014 at Georgia Tech, Skiles Building, Room 005. The following six speakers will give presentations

  • Robert Finn (Stanford University)
  • Bo Guan (Ohio State University)
  • John Harvey (University of Notre Dame)
  • Fernando Schwartz (University of Tennessee)
  • Henry Wente (Toledo, Ohio)
  • Xiangwen Zhang (Columbia University)

The Southeast Geometry Seminar (SGS) is a semiannual series of one day events sponsored jointly by:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Emory University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of Tennessee Knoxville

There are NSF funds available to support travel expenses of participants. Priority will be given to current or recent Ph.D. students and postdocs. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Please write to us if you plan to attend and wish to request support.

For full details, check the program and schedule.



  • John McCuan and Mohammad Ghomi (Georgia Tech)
  • Vladimir Oliker (Emory)
  • Fernando Schwartz (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
  • Gilbert Weinstein and Junfang Li (University of Alabama, Birmingham)

April 12, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Greg Blekherman has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for his proposal Nonnegative Polynomials, Sums of Squares and Real Symmetric Tensor Decompositions. According to the NSF web site, "The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research."

April 12, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

School of Mathematics graduate student Joseph D. Walsh, a second year student in our PhD program, has been awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. According to the NSF: "The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions." The fellowship offers three years of support. NSF received 14,000 applications for the 2014 competition.

April 16, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Professor Martin Short is one of the inaugural recipients of the LexisNexis Dean's award. The company states that "The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding educators from among the untenured junior faculty at the assistant professor level. Award recipients are selected for extraordinary effectiveness in classroom teaching, educational innovations, inspiration transmitted to students, direct impact and involvement with students, and impact on the postgraduate success of students." There were three winners, one each from the Colleges of Computing, Engineering, and Sciences.

April 17, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Christine Heitsch and Brett Wick have been awarded the College of Sciences Faculty Mentor Award for their work mentoring post-docs. The award, sponsored by the College and the Institute's ADVANCE project, will be presented at the College of Sciences Advisory Board meeting on April 25th and includes a monetary bonus.

April 18, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

The Probability Theory and Statistics in High and Infinite Dimensions conference will be held June 23-25, 2014 at the University of Cambridge, UK. It takes place on the occasion of Evarist Giné’s 70th birthday. It will attempt to reflect recent developments in the many areas that Evarist has transformed and worked on in his distinguished career: from probability in Banach spaces, empirical, chaos- and U-process theory to mathematical and nonparametric statistics.



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