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NJIT Mathematicians Named First Fellows of Math Society

Two professors of mathematics at NJIT will number among the first Fellows named by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).  Gregory Kriegsmann, PhD, noted for his research in applied mathematics, asymptotic methods and more, will receive the honor.  So, too, will Robert M. Miura, PhD, who develops mathematical models in neuroscience.  The ceremony will take place this coming July in Denver.

“We are very happy to see members of this department recognized,” said Daljit Ahluwalia, PhD, professor and department chair.  “It is indeed an honor.”  According to the Society, initial Fellows were selected from among members whose previous awards placed them clearly among notable people. 

Miura, of Millburn focuses on mathematical models which can help biomedical scientists understand how and why cortical spreading depression, a type of depressed brain activity, spreads as a slow, pathological wave and can cause migraine with aura.           

A Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1980), the Royal Society of Canada (1995), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2005), Miura joined NJIT in 2001. Prior to that, he spent 26 years at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, as a professor of mathematics.                  

Earlier in his career, Miura solved the Korteweg-de Vries equation with mathematicians from the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. To solve the Korteweg-de Vries equation, Miura helped develop the inverse scattering method for solving nonlinear partial differential equations. In January 2006, Miura shared the prestigious Leroy P. Steele Prize for a Seminal Contribution To Research In Mathematics from the American Mathematical Society. The prize honors the work of Miura and his collaborators, C. S. Gardner, J. M. Greene and M. D. Kruskal.             

Miura is co-editor-in-chief of the journal, Analysis and Applications, and serves on the editorial boards of the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, the Canadian Applied Mathematics Quarterly, and the SIAM book series on Mathematical Modeling and Computation, and on the SIAM Book Editorial Board.  He also serves as the chair of the board of trustees of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, an institute at Ohio State University funded by the National Science Foundation.  Miura received his BS and MS in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and his MA and PhD in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University.

Kriegsmann, of Philadelphia, is distinguished professor of mathematics and Foundation Chair, in NJIT’s department of mathematical sciences.  His research focuses on applied mathematics, asymptotic methods, differential equations, bifurcation theory, wave propagation, acoustics, electromagnetic fields, circuit theory and more.

He has received many honors throughout his career and presented hundreds of papers at national and international conferences and colloquia since 1975.  He has received 20 sponsored research projects including an award in 2007 from the National Science Foundation for $270,000 to allow him to process ceramic materials by microwave and Ohmic heating.  

His name has appeared on more than 100 publications. His most recent article, “Electric Discharge Sintering: A Mathematical Model,” appeared in the SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics in 2008.  His newest work, “A Simple Derivation of Microstrip Transmission Line Equations,” will soon appear in the same journal. Kriegsmann received his BSEE from Marquette University, MSEE from UCLA, MA in mathematics from UCLA and PhD in applied mathematics from UCLA.

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