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  • August 2016: Online system by Dr. Martin Vejmelka (Research Assistant Professor, 2012-2014) in the wildfires project of Professor Jan Mandel can start a wildfire simulation from an online map anywhere in the continental US and provide a web-based visualization of the fire and weather forecast in real time. The underlying wildfire model, developed at NCAR and CU Denver, integrates numerical fire and weather prediction and it is based on the community Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model.  
  • May 2016: Math Club received the Outstanding Student Organization award at The 2016 Milo Awards. The Math Club is led this year by Christina Ebben, Michael Pilosov,  and Samuel Stanton; the Club faculty advisor is Varis Carey.
  • April 2016:Associate Professor Stephanie Santorico has won the CLAS faculty award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activities​.
  • April 2016: Our Interdisciplinary Competition in Modeling (ICM) team of Lawrence Pelo, Sam Loos and Robert Lewis, led by Mr. Gary Olson, was named Outstanding Winner.  This is the highest ranking possible for this international competition.  A total of 3209 teams chose to work on ICM Problem E and our team from CU-Denver was named one of the 5 Outstanding Winners. Our second team of Samuel Stanton, William Vanhorn and Zane Showalter-Castorena was designated Meritorious.  This puts them in the top 20% of the 5025 total teams that competed in the ICM.  
  • March 2016: Professor Emeritus Andrew Knyazev (now Distinguished Research Scientist, Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories)  was named Society  for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Fellow for his contributions to computational mathematics and development of numerical methods for eigenvalue problems.
  • February 2016: Professor Julien Langou with coauthors won the SIAM Activity Group on Supercomputing  best paper award​ for the paper "Communication-Optimal Parallel and Sequential QR and LU Factorizations”, James Demmel, Laura Grigori, Mark Hoemmen, and Julien Langou, SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing, Vol. 34, No. 1 (2012) pp. A206-239. The SIAG/SC Best Paper Prize, established in 2015, is awarded to the authors of the most outstanding paper, as determined by the prize committee, in the field of parallel scientific and engineering computing. Candidate papers must be nominated by at least two individuals and must have been published in English in a peer-reviewed journal bearing a publication date within the four calendar years prior to the year of the award and making significant contributions in parallel scientific and engineering computing.​
  • November 2015: Students Sam Loos and Lawrence Pelo finished second in the first Colorado Rockies Case Competition!   They competed against teams from CU Boulder, other (graduate student) teams from UC Denver, and UNC, (who, by the way, had teams of 4 or more) to make it to the final 5 and then finished second!
  • October 2015: Dr. Hendricks contributes to a flagship paper in Nature​ for the UK 10K Consortium. 
  • September 2015: The University of Colorado Denver, in partnership with the National Association of Math Circles, is bringing mathematics to life for over 300 middle school students through a Julia Robinson Math Festival (JRMF) on Friday, September 11, 2015, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm.  Coming both from the Denver Metro Area as well as mountain communities such as Roaring Fork and Steamboat Springs, students will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of interactive and engaging mathematical activities under the expert guidance of over 80 mathematics faculty, mathematics graduate students, and teachers.  In addition, many students will participate in a “Math Wrangle”, which is a free-flowing competition where students solve math problems and are judged on how well they can explain their solutions to others.
  • September 2015: Dean's notes: Stephanie Santorico has been working for the past year developing a Familial DNA Database Search System in collaboration with practitioners from the Denver Police Crime Laboratory and computer programmers from DRC Computers in Silicon Valley, CA. This newly developed, fully web enabled, secure database search system allows for DNA profile comparisons, including those that define familial relationships. The system evaluates genotypes derived from the CODIS STR markers with statistical ranking based on a likelihood ratio (LR). The method was compared to the SWGDAM-recommended method of Expected Match Ratios (EMR) and Estimated Kinship Ratios (EKR) through multiple simulated familial searches. Santorico was speaking on personalized genomics at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science on Sept 17 at the Science Lounge event.
  • May 2015: The department dominated the awards reception! We had two campus level awards, and both in teaching. Alexander Engau won the campus Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and Gary Olson won the campus non-tenure track Faculty Excellence in Teaching award. Watch out for their plaques with photographs, which will be hung in North Classroom for posterity. Michael Ferrara won the CLAS Faculty Excellence in Service Award.

  • April 2015: Our team from the University of Colorado Denver, led by Mr. Gary Olson, was chosen as the INFORMS Award recipient for the Interdisciplinary Problem 'C' (only one team is awarded this prize for each of the 4 modeling problems).  In addition their solution and resulting paper were chosen as a 'Finalist' Award winner which puts them in the top 2% of the 2137 teams that competed in the Interdisciplinary Competition in Modeling.  This team consisted of Brent Moran, Anna Johnsen and Mike Murphy.  The INFORMS Outstanding team description is provided below and the official press release can be found hereThe second team from UCD which consisted of Bob Lewis, Nhat (Bin) Hoang and Evan Shapiro received an Honorable Mention Award for their work on the MCM Problem A.  This put them in the top 40% of teams submitting solutions.  The full list of results for each of the four contest problems can be found here.

  • April 2015: Dr. Rakissa Cribari wins the Dex Whittinghill Best Paper on Statistics Education Award at the 2015 Joint Mathematics Meetings.

  • March 2015: The Balancing Domain Decomposition method by Dr. Jan Mandel is used for an analysis of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the K-computer, one the world's fastest supercomputers. (Invited plenary presentation by Shinobu Yoshimura, Petascale Finite Element Simulation of Real Worlds Complex Structure with Billions DOFs Model at the SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering 2015, Salt Lake City)
  • December 2014: Dr. Troy Butler is featured by SIAM on uncertainty and prediction of storm surge.​
  • November 2014: Dr. Diana White is the new Director of the National Association of Math Circles (NAMC) (
  • October 2014: Research and software of the group of Professor Jan Mandel is used as the  foundation of the new national wildfire forecasting and danger system in Israel​. The underlying wildfire model, developed at NCAR and CU Denver, integrates numerical fire and weather prediction and it is based on the community Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model.
  • May 2013: Department members honored at Dean's Awards reception: Outstanding Ph.D., Jeffrey Larson; Faculty Retiree, William Edward Cherowitzo; Teaching Excellence Award, Honorarium and Non-Tenure-Track Faculty, RaKissa Dodgen Cribari;Research/Creative Work Award, Michael Ferrara; Faculty Service Award, Julien Langou;  Faculty Retiree, Stanley E. Payne. Read more
  • April 2013: Dr. Loren Cobb gives a TEDxYouth talk. Read more
  • Deceember 2012: Dr. Jan Mandel and Dr. Loren Cobb are exploring better ways to track wildfires. NSF research project uses real-time data assimilation to predict path of wildfires​.
  • March 2011: Dr. Julien Langou wins NSF CAREER award
  • June 2010: Dr. Loren Cobb: Researchers use math to predict the spread of epidemic diseases.
  • September 2010: UCD Math Club sponsors two visiting scholars for their undergraduate speaker series. Ron Gould, a professor at Emory University, spoke on situations where being a mathematician can give you an advantage, from card tricks to a paint ball shoutout. Earlier in the semester Winthrop Smith of Win Analytics, LLC spoke on how mathematics fueled his career in finance.
  • Critical Points Spring 2011  
  • Fall 2010 Newsletter 
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  • Fall 2009 Newsletter
  • April 2009: Drs. Loren Cobb and Jan Mandel: Local Professors Compare Wildfires, Epidemics: Local Mathematicians Have New Model Ready. ABC Channel 7 News​ 
    • 1999: Professor Leo Franca (deceased 2012) received the Gallagher Young Investigator Award by the U.S.  Association for Computational Mechanics. Dr. Franca’s pioneering work in stabilized finite elements started a new era in computational mechanics and is widely used.​