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Richard C. DiPrima Prize goes to Thomas D. Trogdon

Philadelphia, PA—The 2014 Richard C. DiPrima Prize has been awarded to Thomas D. Trogdon of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.

The Richard C. DiPrima Prize is awarded to a junior scientist who has done outstanding research in applied mathematics (defined as those topics covered by SIAM journals) and who has completed his/her doctoral dissertation and all other requirements for his/her doctorate during the period running from three years prior to the award date to one year prior to the award date.  Selection is based on the candidates’ dissertations.

The 2014 Richard C. DiPrima Prize is awarded to Trogdon for his doctoral dissertation, “Riemann-Hilbert Problems, Their Numerical Solution and the Computation of Nonlinear Special Functions.”  His dissertation has made outstanding contributions to the theory of and numerical methods for Riemann-Hilbert Problems and their applications to integrable systems, nonlinear partial differential equations, including the KdV and nonlinear Schrödinger equations, and special functions.  The clear and elegant exposition of the subject abounds with new insight, rigorous theory and convergence results for new and powerful numerical methods.

A book based on Dr. Trogdon’s dissertation and co-authored with Sheehan Olver is scheduled for publication with SIAM.

Dr. Trogdon is an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. His research interests are in numerical analysis and approximation theory, probability and random matrix theory, linear partial differential equations (PDEs), integrable systems and inverse scattering, and optical physics.

Dr. Trogdon received $1,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate at the Prizes and Awards Luncheon at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Chicago last month.

Find out more about the Richard C. DiPrima Prize.

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