Dr. Qiang Du

Distinguished Speaker Series:
Dr. Qiang Du

Dr. Qiang DuBumblebees, Cracks and Nonlocal Calculus

Dr. Qiang Du
Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics, Columbia University
November 18th, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Cevíche Tapas Orlando (125 W. Church Street Orlando, FL 32801)

The flying patterns of bumblebees are intriguing to ecologists, while the propagating paths of cracks in materials are serious concerns of engineers.  Mathematical models have been developed in these different fields for decades with little connections being drawn in between. Some recent development is leading to a common mathematical framework that can be used to model and analyze these different phenomena. We will discuss some basic elements of this emerging framework that focuses on nonlocal interactions and nonlocal balance laws. The story serves as an illustration of how training in mathematical modeling and scientific computing are becoming increasingly useful to future generations of scientists and engineers.

About Dr. Qiang Du:

Qiang Du is the Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics. He is also an affiliated member of the Institute for Data Sciences. Professor Du earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics (1988) from Carnegie Mellon University, after which he has held faculty positions at University of Chicago, Michigan State University, Iowa State University, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dr. Du was most recently the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State University. Recognitions for Dr. Du’s work include the Frame Faculty Teaching Award (1992) at Michigan State University, the Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for outreach/extension (2000), the Feng Kang prize in scientific computing (2005), the Eberly College of Science Medal (2007) from Penn State University, and his selection as a 2013 SIAM Fellow for contributions to applied and computational mathematics with applications in materials science, computational geometry, and biology.