NEWS FROM 2007

Mellon Fellowships.
Mellon fellowships are awarded in a university wide competition. In 2007 Danail Vassilev was awarded a Mellon fellowship. Congratulations to Danail! NEWS FROM 2006

AWM Travel Award
Yekaterina Epshteyn is the recipient of a travel award for participating in the AWM Workshop at the Joint Mathematical Meetings (JMM) in New Orleans in January 2007. Congratulations to Yekaterina!

Summer Internships
Danail Vassilev spent most of Summer 2006 in Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Monika Neda spent most of Summer 2006 in Argonne National Laboratory.

Conferences...
Yekaterina Epshteyn gave different research talks at three international conferences: MAFELAP (London), SIAM Annual (Boston) and World Congress in Computational Mechanics (Los Angeles) in June and July 2006.

SIAM Travel Award
Yekaterina Epshteyn is the recipient for a SIAM Student Travel Award to attend the SIAM Annual Meeting. Congratulations to Yekaterina!

Workshop at MSRI
Yekaterina Epshteyn attended a workshop at MSRI with all expenses paid by the organizers.

Finite Element Circus
Yekaterina Epshteyn, Carolina Manica and Leo Rebholz gave excellent professional talks at the Finite Element Circus at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, March 31- April 1.

Presentation award
Monika Neda's 30 minute research talk: Time relaxation for turbulent flow problems won one of six awards for the Most Outstanding Research Presentation by a PhD Student at the conference: Joint Meeting Southeastern Section MAA & SIAM Southeast Atlantic Section , March 31 - April 1.

Mellon Fellowships.
Mellon fellowships are awarded in a university wide competition. In 2006 Monika Neda was awarded a Mellon fellowship. Congratulations to Monika!

Culver-Teplitz Awards.
The Culver-Teplitz awards are given to select graduate students who have set standards for excellence in all their academic endeavors. They are given in recognition of teaching excellence and research accomplishment. In 2006 our department's winners included Carolina Manica and Leo Rebholz. Congratulations to Carolina and Leo!

NEWS FROM 2005
SIAM award: Each year since 1999 SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, has awarded this prize for the most outstanding research paper of the year written (or co-authored by) a mathematics PhD student. This award is based solely on the merit and content of the student's contribution to the submitted paper. In July 2005, the prize was awarded to Carolina Manica during the SIAM Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Congratulations to Carolina!

Mellon Fellowships.
Mellon fellowships are awarded in a university wide competition. In 2004 Carolina Manica was awarded a Mellon fellowship. Congratulations to Carolina!

Finite Element Circus
Yekaterina Epshteyn gave an excellent talk at the Finite Element Circus in April 2005, at University of Delaware.

NEWS FROM 2004
Hales Distinguished Research Award
Songul Kaya was the first recipient of this award for the best doctoral dissertation written in 2004. Congratulations to Songul!

Finite Element Circus On April 16, 17 2004, the University of Pittsburgh hosted the Circus. This was a success as they were more than ??? participants and ??? speakers. More details here .

Mellon Fellowships.
Mellon fellowships are awarded in a university wide competition. In 2004 Yekaterina Epshteyn was awarded a Mellon fellowship. Congratulations to Yekaterina!

NEWS FROM 2003.
Mellon Fellowships.
Songul Kaya and Adrian Dunca won Mellon predoctoral Fellowships in a university wide competition for 2003-2004. The excellent entering students this year included fellowship recipient A. Labovskii who selected Pitt for grad school because of its strength in computational mathematics. Congratulations to all!

Conferences
Computational math Ph.D. students Carolina Manica and Faranak Pahlevani attended the ETNA Anniversary conference and Faranak gave a very well received talk there.
Songul Kaya attended the (by invitation) conference Perspectives on incompressible flows, comparison of different computational  strategies, CSCAMM, University of Maryland, April 2003.

NEWS FROM 2002.
Culver-Teplitz Awards.
The Culver-Teplitz awards are given to select graduate students who have set standards for excellence in all their academic endeavors. They are given in recognition of teaching excellence and research accomplishment. In 2002 our department's  winners included Ms Gergina Pencheva. Gergina is working with Professor Yotov on large scale scientific computing and has written three research papers in her short time in our department. Congratulations to Gergina !

FAS Fellowships.
Carolina Manica was awarded an FAS fellowship. Congratulations to Carolina!

Mellon Fellowships.
Mellon fellowships are awarded in a university wide competition. In 2002 two students from the mathematics department were awarded Mellon fellowships including Ms. Gergina Pencheva. Congratulations to Gergina!

Givens Associate.
  Mr. Adrian Dunca spent two months  during summer 2002 as a prestigious Givens Associate at Argonne National Laboratory to conduct research on turbulence. His visit was funded by the Department of Energy. Congratulations to Adrian!

The IMA Mathematical Modeling in Industry  Workshop
   During  May 26-June 3, 2002, Gergina Pencheva attended the IMA Industrial math workshop in Minneapolis, Minnesota. There, she worked in teams of 6 students under the guidance of  Dr. Thomas A. Grandine from Boeing. They modeled, analyzed and did some computational  experiments associated with a real-world industrial problem in designing an airplane strut - how to construct a surface of minimal area which attaches to both wing and engine in a prescribed way.  At the end of the 9-day period Gergina and her group made a public oral presentation and submitted a written report. Gergina commented, " I had a great time in Minneapolis and would strongly recommend IMA Industrial workshops for all students in the Computational Math group

The IMA 2002 Summer Program for Graduate Students in Scientific Computing,
Gergina Pencheva also attended July 1-26, 2002, Lexington, KY program. Each week had a different speaker(s) and topic:
week1: Craig Douglas and Jun Zhang talked about Parallel Computing and Visualization.
week2: Jerome Jaffre and Jean Roberts showed us the basics of FEM.
week3: Iain Duff talked about three types of direct methods for sparse matrices; Tony Drummond and Osni Marques presented the Department of Energy's software ACTS Tool kit for parallel computers.
week4: Toni Kazic, Bioinformatics and Its Relation to Scientific Computing

DOE Intern.
  Mr. Noel Heitmann (now at Millersville University) spent the summer of 2002 working at the Department of Energy?s Bechtel-Bettis lab. He was there fully funded by DOE to conduct research in scientific computing. Congratulations Noel!

International Travel.
    Our computational math group has a long-standing scientific cooperation in computational fluid dynamics with the Institute of Analysis and Numerics at the University of Magdeburg in Germany. During summer 2002 Adrian Dunca, Songul Kaya and Husein Merdan traveled to Germany to conduct collaborative research with the group there. Songul gave a seminar there: "Subgrid scale eddy viscosity methods are variational multiscale methods". Their extended visits were funded by an NSF-DAAD grants of the Computational Math group at Pitt and Professor Tobiska's Computational Mathematics group at Magdeburg.

The October 2002 Finite Element Circus.
    Computational math faculty and grad students attended the October Finite Element Circus. In fact, the Pitt contingent was the largest one there and our grad students gave a impressive account of their scientific research at Pitt. The grad students attending and giving research talks were S. Kaya (Numerical analysis of a subgrid eddy viscosity methods), A. Dunca, Y. Epshteyn, N. Heitmann (Subgrid scale Eddy Viscosity for Convection Dominated Diffusive Transport,), G. Pencheva (Balancing Domain Decomposition for Mortar Mixed Finite Element Methods), F. Pahlevani and A. Caglar.


Last updated 08/30/2005.

U. Pittsburgh Dept. Mathematics