News Highlights from AMS

Academic Year 2017 - 2018

Journal Article

Title: Mathematics of the Nap, by Cecilia Diniz Behn  

Cecilia Diniz Behn has recently published a SIAM Online News article detailing a physiologically-based mathematical model of sleep/wake regulation.
This model is currently being used to investigate the mechanisms driving the transition from napping to non-napping behavior in children.
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Faculty Grants

Dr. Karin Leiderman: Army Research Office

Title: Incorporating uncertainty to improve accuracy in mathematical modeling of coagulation

This award is in collaboration with Suzanne Sindi (UC Merced) and Dougald Monroe (UNC Chapel Hill)

The Mines’ Applied Mathematics and Statistics department is happy to introduce and welcome our new members:

Soutir Bandyopadhyay
Associate Professor, Applied Math and Statistics
PhD, Texas A&M University


Soutir Bandyopadhyay earned a doctorate in statistics at Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in statistics at the Indian Statistical Institute in New Delhi and a bachelor’s degree in statistics at St. Xavier’s College in Calcutta.
He has also been a visiting scientist at the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research studying climate models.
Bandyopadhyay’s area of expertise is spatial statistics and bioinformatics. He has published his work in the Journal of Time Series Analysis, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B and the Annals of Statistics.


Forest Mannan
Visiting Assistant Professor, Applied Math and Statistics
PhD, Tulane University

  Forest Mannan grew up in Carbondale, Colorado, and obtained his PhD from Tulane University in April 2017. Mannan conducts research in computational fluid dynamics, especially flows in the Stokes regime relevant to biology.


Bradley Martin
Visiting Assistant Professor, Applied Math and Statistics
PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

  Bradley Martin recently completed his PhD in applied mathematics with Bengt Fornberg and the RBF research group at CU-Boulder while investigating new, radial basis function-based methods for numerically solving partial differential equations. His work on heat and wave interface and transport problems has been published in Geophysics, the Journal of Computational Physics and Engineering Analysis with Boundary Elements.

Kevin Ahrendt
Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow, Applied Math and Statistics
PhD, University of Nebraska Lincoln

  Kevin Ahrendt completed his PhD in mathematics under the supervision of Dr. Allan Peterson at UNL, researching fractional calculus on a discrete domain. He has published work with undergraduates pertaining to this area, and looks forward to engaging in research with more undergraduates in the future.

Katy Martinez Receives an NSF Graduate Fellowship.

Mines’ AMS doctoral student Katy Martinez is a recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship for her graduate studies concerning the spatial spread of communicable diseases using stochastic SEIR models.  This year the NSF received over 13,000 applications, awarding just 2,000 offers.  Of these, Katy was one of only 12 Mathematical Biology recipients nationwide. Mines’ Associate Professor Steve Pankavich is Katy’s faculty advisor.

Faculty Grants

Professor Luis Tenorio: National Science Foundation - Division of Mathematical Sciences Award #1723048
Collaborative Research: Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Title: Stochastic Approximations for the Solution and Uncertainty Analysis of Data-Intensive Inverse Problems

This award is in collaboration with Matthias Chung (Virginia Tech) and Youssef Marzouk (MIT)

Cecilia Diniz Behn: National Institutes of Health Research Project Grant
Title: Sensitivity of the Circadian Clock to Light in Early Childhood 

Dr. Behn is working with Dr. Monique LeBourgeois  (CU-Boulder)

Book Publications

Title: An Introduction to Data Analysis and Uncertainty Quantification for Inverse Problems
Author: Professor Luis Tenorio

Title: Approximation Theory XV: San Antonio 2016
Editors: Professor Gregory E. Fasshauer, Schumaker, Larry L. (Eds.)

Academic Year 2016 - 2017

Teaching Professor Dr. Rebecca Swanson is the recipient of the 2017 Board of Trustees Outstanding Faculty Award, recognizing achievement that contributes to the breadth of students’ classroom learning, as well as significant achievements outside of the classroom. Dr. Swanson is fully invested in the success of her students and tirelessly works on improving her teaching.  Additionally, Dr. Swanson has been very active in providing service and support within and outside of the Applied Mathematics and Statistics Department. For example, she co-founded the Society for Women in Mathematics and the Mines’ Putnam Team. We applaud Dr. Swanson for her achievements in, and engagement with, the Mines community.

Associate Professor Dr. Stephen Pankavich is a recipient of the 2017 Mines Teaching Award, presented to recognize superior teaching at the undergraduate level and to provide encouragement and incentive for teaching achievement.

Professor Dr. William Navidi received the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award by the Mines’ Class of 2017 Graduating Seniors.

Congratulations to AMS majors Izzy Aguiar and Jessica Deters for having their recent news articles featured on the SIAM News Website! Click the links below to see their articles.

The Shoes of JMM

Math Girls: Exploring Math Through Comics

Talk Math to Me

Hidden Figures Rock Joint Math Meetings - Connecting Trough Numbers at the Joint Math Meetings

Teaching Associate Professor Holly Eklund received the 2017 Faculty Award from the Mines’ Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers. Additionally, Professor Eklund received the Mines’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Recognition award, honoring Mines faculty members who foster understanding and respect for diversity through their commitment to a philosophy of inclusion.

AMS Graduate Teaching Fellow Stephen Molinari is the 2017 recipient of the Graduate Teaching Award that is given annually to the graduate student who has shown the greatest effectiveness as a teacher of undergraduate mathematics or statistics courses.

Student Awards

The Mines’ AMS department presented Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards to two students in recognition of their academic excellence and their service to the department, university and community.

  Carrie Kralovec received the award for Computational and Applied Mathematics. 

Nicholas Koprowicz received the award for Statistics.

  AMS graduate, Jessica Deters, is the recipient of the 2017 Professor Everett Award in Mathematics.  The Award is given to a senior who demonstrates scholarship, leadership, community service and potential for the innovative application of mathematics to mineral engineering.


AMS Program Manager Jaime Bachmeier received a 2017 Outstanding Staff Award from the Mines’ Blue Key, Order of Omega and Tau Beta Pi student honorary societies.

Adjunct faculty member Agata Dean received the 2017 Mines’ Blue Key Outstanding Faculty Award.

Mines’ graduate Izabel “Izzy” Aguiar is the 2017 recipient of the Job/McAuliffe Award, recognizing her hard work and determination to succeed as a Mines student. Izzy was awarded $900 and a plaque for the Learning and Perseverance Award. Izzy recognized Dr. Paul Constantine as being influential in helping her to succeed academically at Mines. The educational vision of Carol Job and Sharon McAuliffe and helped this award come to fruition.

Equality Through Awareness Leadership Team Honored

Mines’ AMS 2017 graduates Jackie Feuerborn, Jessica Deters and Izzy Aguiar served as executive board members of the student group Equality Through Awareness, seeking to address issues facing minorities in STEM, including gender, ethnic and racial minorities.  As board members, they received the Mines’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Student award.  The award honors Mines’ community members that foster understanding and respect for diversity through their commitment to a philosophy of inclusion.

SWiM Students Attend NCUWM

Mines’ Society for Women in Mathematics (SWiM) members Izabel Aguiar, Jacqueline Feuerborn, and Megan Wolf attended the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics (NCUWM), along with SWiM Co-advisors Dr. Deb Carney and Dr. Kelley Tatangelo. Izzy and Jacqui presented a poster of their research in which they developed a numerical model to investigate the spread of gossip throughout a community using a dynamical system. All attended research and career talks and panels, including a keynote presentation by AWM president Ami Radunskaya.

Women in Data Science Satellite Conference

On Feb.3, 2017 Professors Paul Constantine, Deb Carney and Ashlyn Munson organized a satellite event for the Women in Data Science Conference held at Stanford University. A local keynote lecture was presented by Dorit Hammerling from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

AMS Professor Mahadevan Ganesh has received a $116,807 research award from NREL in support of his project, titled "High Performance Computing and Power-aware Application Performance." Ganesh has also accepted a Visiting Professional Fellow appointment for three years at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. In 2016, he has also received visiting appointments at Macquarie University in Sidney, Australia; University of Padova in Padova, Italty; and Pontificia Universidad Catolica, in Santiago, Chile.

Academic Year 2015 - 2016


AMS Assistant Professor Stephen Pankavich has received a three-year research grant from the National Science Foundation for $233,775 to develop new analytical and computational methods of solving mathematical problems in the kinetic theory of plasma dynamics. Pankavich is the sole Principal Investigator for the project titled “Well-posedness and Behavior of Solutions to Kinetic Equations.” His research will include studying the validation of kinetic plasma models, identification of special solutions, determination of their stability properties, and the computational approximation of their behavior by Particle-in-Cell and Discontinuous Galerkin methods. Full Story>>

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics (AMS) awarded the inaugural AMS Honor Fund for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards on May 11, 2016. Clinton Parapat, an undergraduate studying Mechanical Engineering, was presented with the Learning and Perseverance Award, with a prize of $800. Chris Lebaron, a student of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, received the runner up award of $200.

Recipients of the award are asked to recognize a faculty member who inspired or assisted them in overcoming adversity. Both students chose Megan Harris, who serves as the academic advising coordinator at the Center for Academic Services and Advising(CASA), as the person who had been most influential in helping them succeed academically at Mines. Learn more about the AMS Honor Fund and the two AMS faculty it was created to honor, Carol Job and Sharon McAuliffe, on the AMS Student Awards page. 

The Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics created a wall tribute to Ryan Sayers, a former math and physics student at Mines who was tragically killed by a lightning strike in 2003. The Sayers family, seen below, continues Ryan's legacy at Mines, via the annual Ryan Sayers Memorial Pi Mile Fun Run, the annual awarding of the Ryan Sayers Memorial Scholarship and Award, and the computer lab named in his honor. The new wall also honors the 18 outstanding Mines graduates who have received the Ryan Sayers Memorial Scholarship or the Ryan Sayers Memorial Award. More can be learned Ryan Sayers and the awards in his honor on the AMS Student Awards page.

AMS Teaching Associate Professor Rebecca Swanson is the recipient of the 2016 Early Career Teaching Award from the Rocky Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).  The award will be presented to Dr. Swanson at the 2016 Joint Meeting of the Intermountain and Rocky Mountain Sections of the MAA on April 8, in Grand Junction, Colorado. The award recognizes faculty members that are early in their career and excel in teaching at the undergraduate level, as well as have a demonstrated influence outside their own classrooms.

Results are in from the Mathematical Association of America's Putnam Exam. Nine AMS students participated, five of whom were taking it for the first time. Mines team ranked 52nd out of 554 teams. Sam Reinehr ranked in the top 5% with a score of 24.

Paul Diaz, a combined BS/MS student in Computational & Applied Mathematics and advisee of Dr. Paul Constantine, received 2nd place in the Graduate Research And Discovery Symposium's Overall Competition on March 25 at Mines. Diaz will be presenting his research, “Global Sensitivity Metrics from Active Subspaces,” with Dr Constantine's team at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Conference on Uncertainty Quantification on April 5-8 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Next fall, Diaz will be starting his PhD in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU Boulder. 

Colorado School of Mines won first place in the University of Denver's Analytics Challenge in early March with an interdisciplinary team that included three AMS students, Kownoon Her, Taylor Chott, and Colin Eberl-Coe. Sponsored by Daniels College of Business, the competition centered on analyzing two large data sets from the Denver Police Department and offering recommendations to help the police force be more effective. Students from Mechanical Engineering Professor Alexandra Newman's Optimizations course collaborated with students from Associate Professor Amanda Hering's Statistics course, and received $2,500 for first place. Full Story >>

AMS Department Head and Professor Willy Hereman, pictured here with friends and colleagues, received the Mines Foundation 2016 Outstanding Philanthropic Partner Award for his support of the AMS Honor Fund, the ongoing Ryan Sayers Fund, and other efforts in support of Mines. The award from the CSM Foundation recognizes outstanding commitment among faculty, staff and administrators for their efforts in creating and building critical relationships with Mines alumni and friends. 

AMS Faculty Receives NSF Grant for Doctoral Program

AMS has received a $300,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to enrich its doctoral program. The project will launch an innovative partnership with the University of Wyoming's Department of Mathematics, which received a parallel grant. Coordinating the project at Mines will be AMS Assistant Professor Stephen Pankavich (PI) and Professor Barbara Moskal. Full Story>>

AMS PhD candidate Karen Kazor, advisee of Mandy Hering, was selected as a winner of the 2016 American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistics and the Environment (ENVR) Student Paper Competition for her paper, "The role of regimes in short-term wind speed forecasting at multiple wind farms.” She will present her winning paper at the 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) this August, in Chicago, Illinois.

AMS Department Part of Office of Naval Research Grant 

AMS faculty Gus Greivel and Scott Strong, as well as Leslie Light, Director of EPICS, and faculty from the Physics Department are part of a team working to foster leadership and problem-solving skills under a $542,149 three-year grant from the Office of Naval Research. Full Story>>

Carson Kent, AMS 2015 graduate and advisee of Amanda Hering and Paul Constantine, received a 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship for his research proposal on Quantum Error Correction in the field of Computational and Mathematical Engineering. The GRF provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Carson will be pursuing his graduate research at Stanford and we wish him all the best.


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