Margaret Cheney to deliver the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture

San Diego, CA—The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) are pleased to announce Margaret Cheney of Colorado State University and Naval Postgraduate School as the 2013 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer.

Dr. Cheney is being bestowed this honor in recognition of her broad line of research that is coupling disparate radar solutions in ways previously unrecognized. Her application of Microlocal Analysis to high-frequency radar scattering, a method largely unknown to the radar community, has proven to be especially relevant to the problems of radar target detection, tracking and imaging. Using these tools, she has shown how the essential behavior of a wide variety of radar scattering scenarios can be isolated from secondary phenomena. Her unconventional approach has developed solutions to several longstanding problems in radar imaging that have heretofore defied complete analysis.

Margaret Cheney (center) receives the AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture from former AWM President Jill Pipher (left) and SIAM President Irene Fonseca (right).

The Yates Chair and professor of mathematics at Colorado State University and a research professor at Naval Postgraduate School, her research interests are in inverse problems in acoustics and electromagnetics, as well as radar imaging.

Dr. Cheney has previously served on the SIAM Board of Trustees and is a SIAM Fellow.

She will deliver the prize lecture, titled, “Introduction to Radar Imaging” at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, July 8 at the SIAM Annual Meeting to take place July 8-12 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, California. The lecture will be held in the Town & Country room.

Dr. Cheney will receive a certificate signed by the Presidents of AWM and SIAM at the Prizes and Awards Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, July 9 in the Golden Ballroom.

Read more details on the prize here. Details on the lecture can be found here.

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