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Barbara Wohlmuth receives Leibniz Prize

Barbara Wohlmuth (CIMS Postdoc, 1997-98) received a 2012 Leibniz Prize "for her research achievements in numerical analysis, which enable direct applications in scientific and engineering computing."  A ceremony will be held for this year's  eleven winners in February 2012 in Berlin.  The full press release is available from the German Research Foundation.

Barry F. Smith receives Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award

Barry F. Smith (Ph.D. in Mathematics, '90) has received a 2011 DOE Ernest Orlando Lawrence award, along with eight other winners.  The award honors Smith and co-winner Lois Curfman McInnes "for scientific leadership in advancing the innovative and transformative numerical software package PETSc, which provides robust, efficient, scalable, and extensible tools that are the backbone of numerous high-performance DOE simulation computer codes."  The full press release is available from the Department of Energy.

A Video Interview with JetBlue CIO Joe Eng

In "Business Renewal through IT" Joe Eng (M.S. in CS '90) discusses the transformation of JetBlue's IT function.  The video is available at booz & co.

John Rinzel & colleagues identify key mechanism in brain's computation of sound

Research by John Rinzel (Ph.D., Math Courant '73; Professor, NYU Center for Neural Science and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences) and other NYU researchers have identified "a mechanism the brain uses to help processes sound localization."  The full article is available from

National Arts Club hosts a Roundtable with Edward Belbruno

Edward Belbruno (Ph.D. '79 Math) discusses his work and paintings at the National Arts Club presentation "Moon, Microwaves, and the Art of Edward Belbruno."  The talk, followed by a reception, is being held on Wednesday, January 12, 2010 at 8:00PM.  Full details can be found here.

Brian J. McCartin receives the Chauvenet Prize

Brian J. McCartin (Ph.D. Math '82) received the Chauvenet Prize, "the highest award for mathematical expository writing that’s been described as the Pulitzer of the math world," for  “e: The Master of All."  The full story is available from Mlive.

Courant Mathematics Alumni in Mexico

There are six Courant alumni faculty in the Departamento de Matematicas y Mecanica, Instituto de Investigaciones en Matematicas Aplicadas y Sistemas, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, including Gilberto Flores, Jorge Ize, Arturo Vargas, Pablo Padilla, Clara Garza and Ramon Plaza. Many of them were involved in the VIII Americas Conference on Differential Equations in Veracruz, Mexico, October 19-23, 09,  2009.  For more information and the group photo, please visit

Mark Spitznagel writes about Ludwig von Mises in "The Man Who Predicted the Depression"

Mark Spitznagel (M.S. in Math Finance ’05), founder and chief investment officer of Universa Investments LP, writes “The Man Who Predicted the Depression."  The article is about Ludwig von Mises’s ideas from his 1912 “Theorie des Geldes und der Umlaufsmittel” (“The Theory of Money and Credit”) on business cycles and the banking system, and how credit expansion creates conditions for a crash.  The full article can be read at The Wall Street Journal.

Bruce Bukiet Calculates Chance Yankees Will Win

Courant Alumnus Bruce Bukiet, (Phd Math '86), Professor of Mathematics at NJIT, who has applied mathematical modeling techniques to elucidate the dynamics of run scoring in baseball, has computed the probability of the Yankees winning the World Series at 70 percent.  The full article is here.

Art Leichtberg Introduces New Gmail Feature

Ari Leichtberg (MS in CS '05), software engineer at Google, introduces a new feature in
Gmail called “Got the wrong Bob?” The feature is designed to help prevent sending an email to the wrong recipient.

Memorial Service for Harry Hochstadt

Harry Hochstadt (Math Ph.D. '56) passed away May 4th, 2009, at the age of 83.  He received his Ph.D. under Wilhelm Magnus, and later became head of the math department at Polytechnic Institute.  There will be a memorial service in his honor on Sunday, October 25 at 2:30 pm at the Brooklyn Heights Synagogue (131 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201).

Bijoy George co-organizes Brazilian-Indian Connection Festival

Bijoy George (C.S. ‘78) is co-organizer for the Brazilian-Indian Connection Festival, held September 13-19.  The Festival, which featured several Brazilian dancers and musicians, raised funds for the Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project.

Felipe Pereira, Director of Center for Fundamentals of Subsurface Flows

Felipe Pereira (M.S. Math '88) is the new Director of the Center for Fundamentals of Subsurface Flows at the University of Wyoming.  In a recent interview featuring Pereira as a "mover," Nature writes that Pereira has "made his mark in the word of applied mathematics by modelling the flow of oil in underground reservoirs."

Mark Carges, new Ebay CTO

In a June 2009 issue of BusinessWeek, eBay's new Chief Technology Officer Mark Carges (M.S. C.S. '87) discusses how "the auction site has plans to make technology a priority again." 

Ed Belbruno and the NASA GRAIL Mission

Ed Belbruno (Math Ph.D. '79) presented the weak stability boundary theory and the alternative approach to space travel he developed in the 1980s at the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History on Monday, July 20th at 7:30pm.  NASA’s GRAIL mission is one of the few missions to utilize the chaos associated with the subtle gravitational forces between planets in order to reach lunar orbit. More details can be read at NASA, and OrbitalHub interviews Belbruno on his work related to the mission.