IU mathematician honored for best paper in partial differential equations
IU mathematician Kevin Zumbrun was honored today for his work on partial differential equations by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
The SIAM Applied Mathematics' Activity Group Award is awarded annually to the authors of the most outstanding paper on this subject published in English in a peer-reviewed journal in the past year.
The work provides new mathematical techniques for the study of Whitham modulation equations, a powerful tool used to predict wave modulation in signals such as radio transmissions. The results both definitively verify the accuracy of these equations and provide new physical information about the underlying waves.
"Kevin has made numerous insightful and deep contributions to the field of stability of traveling wave fronts," said Elizabeth Housworth, chair and professor in the IU Bloomington Department of Mathematics. "The SIAG-APDE prize recognizes his leadership and recent work with colleagues on the stability and asymptotic behavior of periodic traveling wave solutions for a large class of dissipative systems. The Department of Mathematics congratulates him on this well-deserved honor."
Zumbrun is a top mathematician in the field of nonlinear partial differential equations. His work in the area has opened up an entire school of thought on the subject.