Victor Twersky Memorial Scholarship Page
The scholarship may go to a graduate or undergraduate student; student
must be studying applied mathematics and currently enrolled in applied
math courses; must have completed at least 60 credit hours; selection
of recipient must be based in part on quality of performance in
academic coursework and letters of recommendation provided by faculty;
scholarships not renewable.
The Victor Twersky Memorial Scholarship is a memorial to Professor
Victor Twersky who was a long time faculty member in the Department
of Mathematics and the founder, as well as principal supporter, of
the department's Applied Mathematics Group. His research area was
in Mathematical Physics, principally the scattering theory of
electro-magnetic waves. He was a fellow of a number of scientific
- Natasa Pavlovic, 1999-2000 AY, thesis student of
Professor Susan Friedlander. Her thesis was on the analysis of
singular fluid problems. She is was named a Clay Prize Fellow in 2002,
also has been a postdoctoral fellow
and has been promoted to Assistant Professor in 2005 in Mathematics
at Princeton University,
one of the best starting positions the department has ever had.
- Diego Dominici, 2000-2001 AY, thesis student of
Professor Charles Knessl, working on a thesis concerning queueing
models for data handling and he will defend his thesis at the beginning
of July. He will be starting a faculty position at the State
University of New York (SUNY) in Poughkeepsie during the Fall of 2003.
He awarded the national SIAM Richard DiPrima Prize
for young applied mathematicians. Richard DiPrima was a senior applied
mathematician at RPI in New York State.
- Darrell Wu, 2001-2002 AY, an undergraduate student
that took Professor Susan Friedlander's graduate Fluid Dynamics
course and did very well in it. He was also in Professor Charlie
Tier's 2002 NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
program. He also was previously awarded other scholarships and he
will be going to medical school soon.
- Yegeny Goncharov, 2002-2003 AY, thesis student of
Professor Stanley R. Pliska of the Department of Finance and MSCS
Advisee of Professor Susan Friedlander. His thesis concerns
the mathematical theory of mortgage contracts.
He will be one of the first Ph.D.s in the joint Computational
Finance track program between the Department of Finance and the
Department of MSCS's Applied Mathematics. He will be starting a
Assistant Professor position in the Department of Mathematics at the
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor during the Fall of 2003.
- Zongwu Zhu, 2003-4 AY,
thesis student of Professor Floyd Hanson and is working in the
Computational Finance track. He came to UIC with one previous paper that
was published while here in Optimization Methods and Software
on trust regions. He has also made significant contributions
to papers by improving accuracy and extending current methods in our
own computational finance research program, concerning maximum
likelihood estimation of financial market parameters.
One joint paper was published in Amer. Math. Soc.
Contemporary Mathematics and another
was published as an invited paper in the Proceeding of the December 2004
IEEE Conference on Decision and Control. Still another paper on
risk-neutral option pricing for jump-diffusions has been submitted as
an invited paper in the Proceeding of the December 2005
IEEE Conference on Decision and Control in Seville.
- Natalya Popova, 2004-5 AY,
thesis student of Professor Susan Friedlander and will shortly defend
her thesis The Onset of Convection in a Horizontal Layer of a Porous
Medium in the Presence of Vibration in May 2005. Her work is
applicable to crystal growth, space physics and biomedicine.
She has published two proceedings papers in the related areas.
She will have a postdoctoral position at the University of Missouri at
Columbia starting Fall 2005.
Web Source: http://www.math.uic.edu/~hanson/TwerskyAwards.html
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