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News Archive: 2014
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    Alan Frieze delivered plenary lectureProfessor Alan Frieze delivered a plenary lecture at the 2014 International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM). The ICM is one of the largest and most prestigious international congresses in the mathematics community. A number of major prizes, including the Fields Medal, are awarded at this event. As the ICM is held once every four years, only a very select group of mathematicians who have had a major impact on the field are invited to deliver plenary lectures.

    Professor Frieze is a pioneer in the study of random combinatorial structures and the use of randomness in algorithms. His polynomial-time algorithm for approximating the volume of a convex body (joint work with M. Dyer and R. Kannan) has had a lasting impact on theoretical Computer Science. Another major contribution (also in joint work with R. Kannan) is a weak version of the Szemeredi Regularity Lemma. This weak regularity Lemma is a critical tool in Combinatorics.

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    David Kinderlehrer named SIAM FellowThe SIAM Fellows Program honors mathematicians who are recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the discipline. David Kinderlehrer was recently named a SIAM Fellow in recognition of his contributions to nonlinear partial differential equations, the calculus of variations, and mathematical aspects of materials science. Professor Kinderlehrer joins CMU Department of Mathematical Sciences faculty Irene Fonseca, Alan Frieze and Bob Pego among the ranks of SIAM Fellows.

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    Po-Shen Loh appointed National Lead Coach for the USA International Mathematical Olympiad TeamThe International Mathematical Olympiad is the premier math competition for high school students worldwide, and is the oldest of the International Science Olympiads. Since its inception in 1959, the Olympiad has developed a rich legacy, facilitating early talent identification and cultivation on nationwide scales. Each country independently organizes its own Olympiad program, and Po-Shen Loh, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and CMU's Putnam organizer, has been appointed to the national lead coach position ("Team Leader") for the United States of America. In addition to directing national team selection and training activities, Po-Shen is building upon the Olympiad platform to bridge the worlds of high school and research mathematics, as well as to broaden interest in mathematics on the national level.

  • Putnam Mathematical CompetitionCMU team places 2nd on the 2013 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. This is the third top 5 Putnam performance in a row for CMU.
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