News & Awards

  • Former PACM student Afonso Bandeira wins 2018 Sloan Research Fellowship

    Congratulations to Afonso Bandeira *15!  Afonso is a former student of Professor Amit Singer and recent winner of a 2018 Sloan Research Fellowship. He currently is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences with a joint appointment in the Center for Data Science at NYU. He is a member of the NYU Math and Data group.

    Bandeira seeks a deeper understanding of various processes for extracting information from data. While the massive datasets now available hold the promise of changing the understanding of the world around us, the computational challenges arising from analyzing these datasets are currently not well understood, and may pose fundamental barriers to learning from data. Bandeira's work probes the limits of statistical inference with computational constraints. As a first test-bed for ideas, he has been focusing on problems with strong algebraic structure, such as reconstructing a molecule from many noisy images in cryo-electron microscopy.

    The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation congratulates the winners of the 2018 Sloan Research Fellowships. These 126 early-career scholars represent the most promising scientific researchers working today. Their achievements and potential place them among the next generation of scientific leaders in the U.S. and Canada. Winners receive $65,000, which may be spent over a two-year term on any expense supportive of their research.

    Friday, 16 February 2018 - 1:00pm
  • PACM Core Faculty Member, Howard Stone, is one of four to receive President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies Tuesday, June 6

    Excerpt below from the article written by Emily Eckart for the Office of Communications

    June 6, 2017 12:14 p.m.

    Four Princeton University faculty members received President’s Awards for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies Tuesday, June 6.

    They are: Ruha Benjamin, assistant professor of African American studiesRobert Kaster, the Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin Language and Literature and professor of classicsHoward Stone, the Donald R. Dixon ’69 and Elizabeth W. Dixon Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and department chair; and Stacy Wolf, professor of theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts.

    The awards were established in 1991 through a gift by Princeton alumni Lloyd Cotsen of the Class of 1950 and John Sherrerd of the Class of 1952 to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching by Princeton faculty members. Each winner receives a cash prize of $5,000, and their departments each receive $3,000 for the purchase of new books.

    A committee of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and academic administrators selected the winners from nominations by students, faculty colleagues and alumni.

    Howard Stone

    Howard Stonewho joined the faculty in 2009, studies fluid dynamics, particularly relating to engineering, chemistry, physics and biology. He is respected for his ability to elucidate difficult mathematical concepts, as well as for his commitment to mentoring.

    A colleague described Stone as “a kind and caring educator who excels in bringing out the best in students, researchers, staff and colleagues.”

    Hundreds of undergraduate students enroll in Stone’s course “Mathematics in Engineering I,” an upper-level class on differential equations. A recent graduate student admired Stone’s enthusiasm for the subject matter: “In the first meeting with all of the assistant instructors, [Stone] asked each of us how we felt about differential equations, and then informed us that he loved differential equations. [He] launched a discussion on why the subject was such a privilege to teach. This passion set the tone for the semester.”

    An undergraduate student commented: “Professor Stone’s lectures were always incredibly clear, well-structured and engaging. What made [them] so effective was their emphasis on using systematic mathematical reasoning over rote memorization.”

    A current Ph.D. candidate, who has taken two courses with Stone, said, “What I learned from Professor Stone in those courses was not something that I could have acquired by reading a fluid dynamics textbook, not even a hundred textbooks.”

    Stone is highly regarded for his long-term commitment to mentoring. A recent alumnus, now a Ph.D. candidate, said: “Now that I work in the field and go to conferences I have met many of his protégés. I know firsthand that he views mentoring as a lifetime job.”

    Read the full article here.

    Tuesday, 6 June 2017 - 3:30pm
  • PACM Professor Yannis Kevrekidis named fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    PACM faculty, Yannis Kevrekidis, was among the seven Princeton faculty members named fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. They are among 228 leaders in scholarship, business, the arts and public affairs elected this year in recognition of their contributions to their respective fields.  

    Yannis Kevrekidis, the Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor in Engineering and professor of chemical and biological engineering.  


    Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country's oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony Oct. 7 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    Wednesday, 12 April 2017 - 11:45am
  • PACM Student – Sophie Spirkl - Awarded Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship

    Congratulations to Sophie Spirkl, Ph.D. Candidate in PACM, Applied and Computational Mathematics on being awarded the Charlotte Elizabeth Procter Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year! 

    Sophie was recommended by the Fellowship Subcommittee and the award was approved by the Faculty Committee on the Graduate School in recognition of her “outstanding performance and professional promise”.  Established in 1912 in memory of Charlotte Elizabeth Procter by her son, this fellowship acknowledges Sophie’s distinguished work in the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

    Sophie’s work focuses on structural graph theory. Graphs are used to represent connections between elements of a set, such as airports connected by flights, or cities connected by roads. Structural graph theory explores the properties of graphs in which some fixed local patterns do not occur. These insights are often useful for designing efficient algorithms.

    Sophie received her BSc and MSc degrees in Mathematics from the University of Bonn in 2013 and 2014, respectively, and she is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Applied and Computational Mathematics.

    Sophie’s advisors are Maria Chudnovsky and Paul Seymour.

    Friday, 7 April 2017 - 2:30pm
  • PACM Hosting Sophomore Open House - March 30th

    The Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics will host its first "Sophomore Open House" on Thursday, March 30th from 3:30pm - 5:00pm in 216 Fine Hall/Grad Student lounge.  Every A.B. department and some certificate programs hold open houses in March and April and a full schedule of these events can be found at the Office of the Dean of the College's website. 

    Students considering the PACM Undergraduate certificate program can learn more about the program, ask questions from current Junior and Senior certificate students, enjoy a snack, and take home a PACM giveaway. 

    At Princeton, the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics offers a small group of undergraduate students the unique opportunity to learn to perform accurate and controlled numerical studies and, perhaps most important, exposes them to the philosophy and tools of interdisciplinary applied mathematics in a very personal and individualized manner. Students who complete the prescribed requirements are awarded a certificate in Applied and Computational Mathematics. Recently a new option has become available to undergraduate math majors who intend to pursue the PACM certificate, the applied math track.

    If you cannot attend the Open House, but are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Professor Paul Seymour at

    Thursday, 30 March 2017 - 3:30pm
  • PACM Professors Jeroen Tromp and Yannis Kevrekidis receive Schmidt Fund awards to go to projects with transformative potential

    Three projects with the potential for broad impacts in science and technology have been selected to receive support from the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund.

    The projects include a technology for improving ultrasound's grainy images, a system for boosting biofuel production, and a facility for designing and testing new wind power technologies.

    Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet Inc., and his wife, Wendy, created the $25 million endowment fund in 2009 to support the development of new technologies at Princeton University that could have broad beneficial impacts. Eric Schmidt is a 1976 alumnus and former trustee of the University.

    "The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Fund gives Princeton the capacity to invest in truly innovative and highly promising research — research that is often considered too forward-looking for traditional funding mechanisms," said Dean for Research Pablo Debenedetti, the Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and professor of chemical and biological engineering. "This year's selected proposals are outstanding in terms of the quality of the science and engineering as well the potential to benefit humanity through practical benefits to human health and the environment."

    The winning projects are:

    Jeroen Tromp

    Jeroen Tromp, the Blair Professor of Geology and professor of geosciences and applied and computational mathematics (Photos by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications)

    Revolutionizing medical imaging

    A technique originally developed for geological explorations will be adapted for processing ultrasound images to dramatically improve the amount of information that can be obtained from the images. 

    Jeroen Tromp, Princeton's Blair Professor of Geology and professor of geosciences and applied and computational mathematics, aims to enhance ultrasound images using methods he developed for converting seismic wave data into images of underground formations. The technique involves first converting ultrasound data into a computerized 3-D model, then comparing the model back to the real data, and iteratively reducing the differences between the two. The resulting computationally enhanced ultrasound images could be used for brain imaging, tumor detection and identification of osteoporosis, among other applications. 

    Optimizing biofuel production

    A system for boosting the productivity of bioreactors could reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of creating biofuels, medicines and other chemical products.

    José Avalos

    José Avalos, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

    Bioreactors typically contain organisms such as yeast that have been genetically modified to produce fuels, chemicals or medicines. To improve bioreactor efficiency, a team composed of José Avalos, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the EnvironmentYannis Kevrekidis, the Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor in Engineering and professor of chemical and biological engineering, and Jared Toettcher, assistant professor of molecular biology, will create an integrated approach to monitoring and controlling the organisms' metabolic activity. 

    The approach will involve developing yeast strains that simultaneously carry genes that enable them to produce biofuels or other chemicals as well as genes that encode biosensors to report on the amount of chemical being made. The organisms will also contain genes that are switched on when light is shone on the yeast, allowing researchers to turn on or off the production of the chemicals. These techniques will be combined with computational methods that enable researchers to optimize production.

    Yannis Kevrekidis and Jared Toettcher

    From left: Yannis Kevrekidis, the Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor in Engineering and professor of chemical and biological engineering, and Jared Toettcher, assistant professor of molecular biology

    Enhancing wind power

    A new apparatus will help researchers develop wind turbine designs without building full-scale prototypes. Given the massive size of today's turbines, building test models at full size is not feasible, yet scaling down these models causes inaccurate predictions of their capabilities. However, it is possible to reproduce the full-scale dynamics by placing the scaled-down models inside a container of highly pressurized air. 

    A team composed of Marcus Hultmark, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineeringForrest Meggers, assistant professor of architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, and Elie Bou-Zeid, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, will build a test facility that uses a pressurized air tank and can accurately capture the physics of full-scale turbines. The apparatus will be housed on Princeton's nearby Forrestal Campus.

    Elie Bou-Zeid, Marcus Hultmark and Forrest Meggers

    From left: Elie Bou-Zeid, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, Marcus Hultmark, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Forrest Meggers, assistant professor of architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment

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    Wednesday, 22 February 2017 - 2:45pm
  • FACULTY HONOR: Tarnita named ESA Early Career Fellow

    Corina Tarnita, a Princeton University assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and a Princeton Environmental Institute associated faculty member, was among seven researchers nationwide to be named an Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA). Fellows are ESA members who have or have potential to make outstanding contributions to the advancement or application of ecological knowledge to a variety of fields served by ESA, including academics, government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector. Fellows are elected for five years. Tarnita and the other fellows will be honored during an awards ceremony in August.

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    Monday, 6 February 2017 - 3:00pm
  • 2016 PACM Holiday Party

    On Friday, December 9th, PACM held their annual Holiday Party in the Professors' Lounge. Many faculty, staff and their families were able to join in the celebration.

    PACM wishes a very "Happy Holidays!" to all.

    Friday, 9 December 2016 - 5:30pm
  • Special PACM Colloquium with Professor Samuel Wang, Ph.D. - Mon, Nov. 7 at 4:00pm

    The Program in Applied & Computational Mathematics is pleased to invite you to our next PACM Colloquium, which will be given by Samuel Wang, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Biology and Princeton Neuroscience Institute.

    Please join us for this special lecture in 214 Fine Hall. Dr. Wang is noted for developing statistical methods to analyze U.S. presidential election polls with unusually high accuracy. His research has been featured by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. If you are interested in viewing this lecture, but cannot make it in person to Fine Hall at 4pm, please feel free to view the live feed at .  

    Monday, 7 November 2016 - 4:00pm
  • PACM at Academic Expo, September 12, 2016

    Hundreds of students stopped by the PACM information table today during the ACADEMIC EXPO located in Frick Chemistry Laboratory Atrium.  Audrey Mainzer, Gina Holland and Tina Dwyer were on hand to answer questions and inform students.

    This was a very successful event and many students expressed an interest in the program.  PACM plans to stay in touch with students who requested information and will keep them informed about upcoming seminars and colloquiums.

    (click READ MORE to see event photos)

    Tuesday, 13 September 2016 - 12:00pm
  • Salvatore Torquato is the recipient of the American Chemical Society 2017 Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical & Experimental Chemistry of Liquids

    Professor Salvatore Torquato is the recipient of the American Chemical Society 2017 Joel Henry Hildebrand Award in the Theoretical & Experimental Chemistry of Liquids.

    The ACS National Awards program is designed to encourage the advancement of chemistry in all its branches, to support research in chemical science and industry, and to promote the careers of chemists.

    The national award recognizes distinguished contributions to the understanding of the chemistry and physics of liquids.

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    Wednesday, 24 August 2016 - 3:00pm
  • Amit Singer named a Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists Finalist

    Professor Amit Singer was named today as a finalist for The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists.  He is one of the 31 National Finalists who will be competing for three spots as the 2016 Blavatnik National Laureates. The Finalists were selected from 308 nominations of outstanding faculty-rank researchers from 148 of the nation’s leading academic and research institutions. The three National Laureates will be announced in later this month and will each receive an unrestricted cash prize of $250,000, the largest prize of its kind for early-career scientists.

    The Blavatnik Family Foundation, with the guidance of the New York Academy of Sciences, founded the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in 2007 to celebrate the innovative achievements of young postdoctoral and faculty scientists who work in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.  Unlike awards that honor scientists late in their careers, the Blavatnik Awards aim to identify and encourage promising young scientists early in their careers, when they are most in need of funding and recognition. The intense competition for funding presents a growing challenge for scientific researchers—those who receive financial support are in a better position to bolster their early research efforts and are more likely to identify solutions to the most complex scientific questions and to some of society’s most pressing problems.

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    Thursday, 16 June 2016 - 1:45pm



    A celebration of the research and creative endeavors of Princeton University undergraduates, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.  Students, early-career researchers and artists will share their work from the natural sciences, social sciences, engineering, humanities, and the arts with the community. The program will feature talks, posters, performances, art exhibitions, demonstrations and digital presentations.

    • Discover the research and creative work being done on campus.
    • Cheer on your fellow students and postdoctoral researchers.
    • Come away with new ideas for collaborations or thoughts on choosing your major or senior thesis project.

    For more information:

    Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 3:45pm
  • Emily Carter named dean of engineering school at Princeton

    Emily A. Carter, a Princeton faculty member since 2004 and founding director of the University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been selected as the next dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Her appointment is effective July 1.
    Carter is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and applied and computational mathematics. She has earned wide recognition for fundamental research contributions as well as for her vision for harnessing science and policy to produce lasting solutions to societal problems, including those of energy and the environment.
    "I'm delighted that Professor Emily Carter has agreed to become the next dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science," President Christopher L. Eisgruber said. "She is a brilliant scholar, a capable and proven administrator, and a dynamic champion for engineering at Princeton. Emily's vision and leadership will make her a superb dean at a time when the University is planning major investments in its engineering school."
    Carter succeeds H. Vincent Poor, the Michael Henry Strater Professor of Electrical Engineering, who has served as dean since 2006 and will return to full-time teaching and research.
    Carter's own research spans the fields of chemistry, physics, applied mathematics and engineering and has included creating quantum mechanical tools for understanding and analyzing the behaviors of large numbers of atoms and electrons in materials. This highly influential work led in recent years to Carter's research on creating effective fuel cells, using sunlight to generate electricity and make liquid fuels from carbon dioxide and water, and investigating lightweight metal alloys for vehicles and fusion reactor walls.
    As director of the Andlinger Center since 2010, Carter led a critical period of growth culminating with the planned May 18 dedication of the new Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment building. Created in 2008 and named in recognition of a $100 million gift from 1952 alumnus Gerhard Andlinger, the center combines science and engineering with public policy and architecture to create solutions to problems of energy and the environment.
    Carter has overseen the hiring of the center's staff along with six faculty members who were jointly appointed with a range of academic departments, the creation of a corporate affiliates program, the start of an undergraduate certificate program, the launch of a series of technology briefings aimed at policymakers and interested citizenry, as well as initiatives in research innovation funding, a speaker series and internship programs.
    "I am immensely grateful to my colleagues and the University administration for their faith in me to lead the already world-class School of Engineering and Applied Science to new heights," said Carter. "I am excited to foster new fields of research central to 21st-century society, to educate students of all backgrounds as to the wonderful creativity and societal impact associated with being an engineer, and to enhance the school's partnerships across the campus and beyond. Having spent the last six years building the Andlinger Center — from its people to its activities to bricks and mortar — I intend to bring the same collaborative philosophy to Princeton engineering as a whole." 
    Provost David S. Lee said he is eager to work with Carter in her new capacity. "Her intellect as a distinguished scientist and her proven experience as an administrator will be crucial to the ongoing strategic thinking about investments in the engineering school in the coming years," Lee said. "At the same time, as she has been for the Andlinger Center, Professor Carter will be an outstanding representative for the University, advocating for how Princeton engineering, through its teaching and research mission, can contribute to the world and address societal problems of the 21st century."
    Among her many honors, Carter was elected in 2008 to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was elected this year to the National Academy of Engineering. She has written more than 300 scientific publications and delivered 500 invited and plenary lectures worldwide. Among her most cited works are her pioneering advances in "orbital-free density functional theory," which allow the study of the quantum mechanical interactions of a large number of atoms in a way that was previously impossible. Such work is critical in developing new materials and relating the atomic-level structure of materials with their large-scale performance.
    Based in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Carter built a research group that includes many disciplines. Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers on her team have had backgrounds in chemistry, applied mathematics, physics, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and electrical engineering.
    "The most challenging problems society faces are thorny, complex and large, which no single expert will solve on his or her own," Carter said. "Both in my own research activities and in the Andlinger Center, I've sought to catalyze interdisciplinary teamwork as I firmly believe that is how many if not most future breakthroughs will occur. But disciplinary cores must be strongly supported as well. At Princeton, we do both. I don't say lightly that Princeton is — bar none — the best place I have ever seen at fostering interdisciplinary work, at every level. It is a major reason for our outsized impact in the world."
    Carter earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of California-Berkeley in 1982 and a doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1987. She spent one year as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado-Boulder, before joining the faculty of the University of California-Los Angeles, where she was a professor of chemistry and of materials science and engineering until moving to Princeton in 2004.
    The School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton, founded in 1921, emphasizes the discovery and application of fundamental scientific principles as well as interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial collaborations that foster lasting benefits for society. As an integrated and vital part of a liberal arts university, the school prepares leaders who make wise use of technology and further advance science and technology for the benefit of society.

    Tuesday, 5 April 2016 - 9:30am
  • "Mathematicians Helping Art Historians and Art Conservators”


    May 5, 2016

    8:00 PM, A10 Jadwin Hall

    Professor Ingrid Daubechies, James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics, Duke University

    Mathematics can help Art Historians and Art Conservators in studying and understanding art works, their manufacture process and their state of conservation. The presentation will review several instances of such collaborations in the last decade or so, and then focus on one particular example: virtual cradle removal. Between the 12th to the 17th century, European artists typically painted on wooden boards. To remediate or prevent structural or insect damage, conservators in the 19th and first half of the 20th century first thinned the panels to a few mm, and ~~The University policy states that there is no category for student “volunteer” work at the university.  The policy was designed to comply with the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and applies to both the Academic Year and Summer hiring. study the condition of a painting, as well as the techniques used by the artist and subsequent restorers. The cradling artifacts obstruct a clear ``reading of the X-rays by these experts. These artifacts can be removed, using a variety of mathematical tools, including Bayesian algorithms.

    To view the video of this lecture please click the link below, which will take you to the PACM Youtube page.

    Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 4:45pm
  • Levin wins National Medal of Science for unraveling ecological complexity

    Simon Levin, Princeton University's George M. Moffett Professor of Biology and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will receive a National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor. Levin will be honored at a White House ceremony early this year along with eight fellow Medal of Science recipients and eight recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.  "One never expects such things, which makes them all the more gratifying when they do come," Levin said. "For me, this recognition is the epitome. What could be better than recognition in one's own country and from one's own country? Princeton has been a wonderful environment that has given me unlimited opportunity to pursue the research that the medal rewards."

    Thursday, 25 February 2016 - 2:15pm
  • Emily A. Carter elected to National Academy of Engineering

    Emily A. Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Applied and Computational Mathematics, and founding director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, was recently elected to The National Academy of Engineering.  Carter was recognized for "the development of quantum chemistry computational methods for the design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy."

    Friday, 19 February 2016 - 2:45pm
  • Levin wins National Medal of Science for unraveling ecological complexity

    Simon Levin, Princeton University's George M. Moffett Professor of Biology and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, will receive a National Medal of Science, the nation's highest scientific honor. Levin will be honored at a White House ceremony in early 2016 along with eight fellow Medal of Science recipients and eight recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

    "One never expects such things, which makes them all the more gratifying when they do come," Levin said. "For me, this recognition is the epitome. What could be better than recognition in one's own country and from one's own country? Princeton has been a wonderful environment that has given me unlimited opportunity to pursue the research that the medal rewards."

    Levin focuses his research on complexity, particulary how large-scale patterns — such as at the ecosystem level — are maintained by small-scale behavioral and evolutionary factors at the level of individual organisms. His work uses observational data and mathematical models to explore topics such as biological diversity, the evolution of structure and organization, and the management of of public goods and shared resources. While primarily related to ecology, Levin's work also has analyzed conservation, financial and economic systems, and the dynamics of infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance.

    Lars Hedin, professor and chair of ecology and evolutionary biology, said that Levin's work has shaped how scientists consider the larger implications of local factors.

    "The award is well-deserved and reflects Simon's exceptional contributions to knowledge in ecology and evolutionary biology," Hedin said. "His work on ecological theory and on how macroscopic patterns emerge from local interactions among organisms has influenced a generation of scientists, and is continuing to influence the way we think about biodiversity, complexity and human agency in a world that is undergoing rapid environmental change."

    Daniel Rubenstein, Princeton's Class of 1877 Professor of Zoology and professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, said that Levin is among "the towering figures who brought simple math to bear on ecology to reorganize and shape thinking and project design." This work transformed ecology from a largely measurement-based and descriptive science into one that is conceptual, said Rubenstein, who was department chair from 1991 to 2014 and has often collaborated with Levin.

    "Simon Levin is truly an amazing person and scientist. He helped transform the field of ecology by using theory to frame and crystalize problems and his ability to listen and learn from empiricists made his work compelling and relevant," Rubenstein said.

    "His work reaches across scales just as he reaches across fields and disciplines," he continued. "As chair for most of his time at Princeton, I always marveled at the way he connected people and ideas, mentored graduate students and postdocs, and the way he empowered math-phobic students to harness the power of theory to enrich their theses."

    Levin joined Princeton's faculty from Cornell University in 1992. He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement in 2014; the Ecological Society of America's Eminent Ecologist Award in 2010; and the 2005 Kyoto Prize in Biological Sciences from the Inomori Foundation of Japan. Levin is a member of numerous national and international honorary societies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1992) and the National Academy of Sciences (2000).

    Levin received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University in 1961, and his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Maryland-College Park in 1964. He was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral researcher at the University of California-Berkeley from 1964 to 1965.

    Levin's award brings to 21 the number of Princeton faculty members who have received the National Medal of Science.

    Two Princeton alumni also were recognized. Michael Artin, a professor emeritus of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who received his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1955, will receive a Medal of Science. Cato Laurencin, a professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Connecticut who received his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Princeton in 1980, will receive a Medal of Technology and Innovation.

    The National Medal of Science was established by Congress in 1959 and is administered by the National Science Foundation. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created in 1980 under the auspices of the Department of Commerce's Patent and Trademark Office.

    Wednesday, 23 December 2015 - 9:15am
  • Waves, Spectral Theory, & Applications Workshop - Videos now available!

    We are pleased to announce that video recordings of the recent "Waves, Spectral Theory and Applications Workshop" are now available online.  The workshop was focused on the impact of the career  and research of Prof. Michael I. Weinstein and held at Princeton University on September 10-11, 2015, made possible by funding from the National Science Foundation.  

    To view the videos of the conference, including the afternoon Poster Session, please click on the playlist link below which will take you to the PACM Youtube page.

    Tuesday, 24 November 2015 - 12:30pm
  • FACULTY AWARD: Carter receives Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry

    Emily Carter, the founding director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University, has received the 2015-16 Joseph O. Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry. Carter, the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor in Energy and the Environment and professor in mechanical engineering and applied and computational mathematics, is the first Princeton faculty member and first woman to receive the honor in the 25-year history of the award, which is administered by the Theoretical Chemistry Institute and Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Carter was recognized for her overall body of work and was honored in Madison on Oct. 20.

    Thursday, 29 October 2015 - 10:15am
  • Princeton Science of Information Day

    This workshop is sponsored by the Center for Science of Information, NSF Science & Technology Center. For a detailed agenda, please visit the workshop website.

    Click Here to Register -  *PLEASE NOTE THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS SEPT. 21, 2015.

    Workshop Overview:

    This workshop will focus on bringing together Princeton research groups working on science of information topics including information theory and emerging disciplines related to information processing. The workshop aims to publicize collaborative efforts of members of the NSF Center for Science of Information and to foster interaction with non-member local faculty and students. Talks by organizers and invited speakers will report on discoveries and challenges in the Science of Information.

    Location: Princeton University, Wallace Hall, Room 300

    Friday, 25 September 2015 - 8:30am
  • Conference on Waves, Spectral Theory, & Applications

    We are pleased to announce a conference on Waves, Spectral Theory and Applications with a focus on the impact of the career of Prof. Michael I. Weinstein on September 10-11, 2015. Please see the attached flyer or visit the event website for more details. 

    To register for the conference, please visit

    Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Gina Holland at (609) 258-3703 or

    Thursday, 10 September 2015 - 8:30am to Friday, 11 September 2015 - 6:00pm
  • Kevrekidis named Hans Fischer Senior Fellow

    PACM professor Yannis Kevrekidisthe Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor in Engineering, has been appointed a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the Technical University of Munich Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS), an honor open to outstanding scientists around the world. Click here to read more.

    Wednesday, 9 September 2015 - 9:00am
  • Valerie Marino Retirement

    It is with personal regret but warm wishes that we announce the retirement of our secretary Valerie Marino, effective June 30, 2015. Valerie was an integral part of the department and will be missed. We invite all PACM members to extend their good wishes to Valerie in her new endeavors.

    Tuesday, 30 June 2015 - 10:30am
  • PACM Professors Transferred to Emeritus Status

    PACM professors Phil Holmes, Erhan Cinlar and Christodoulos Floudas have transferred to emeritus status effective July 1, 2015. Holmes' research on dynamical systems and nonlinear mechanics is at the intersection of the fields of applied mathematics, mechanical engineering and neuroscience. Çinlar is one of the pioneers in the field of stochastic processes, an area of mathematics dealing with probability and with applications in a number of fields including engineering. Floudas studies global optimization, deriving the best solution to a mathematical problem across a variety of contexts, from chemical plants to the folding of proteins. We wish them both the best.

    Tuesday, 23 June 2015 - 9:30am
  • Tromp Awarded Supercomputer Hours

    Princeton researchers led by Prof. Jeroen Tromp have been chosen to run three programs on a new supercomputer that will deliver enhanced scientific findings when it begins crunching numbers in 2018. The three projects were among 13 selected to run in the Center for Accelerated Application Readiness program at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility.

    Friday, 5 June 2015 - 9:30am
  • John Nash, Nobel Prize Winning Mathematician, Dies at 86

    John Nash, the Nobel Prize-winning mathematician whose life story inspired the film A Beautiful Mind, died over Memorial Day weekend in a fatal car accident along with his wife, Alicia. In 1994, Nash won the Nobel Prize in economics for his work in game theory. You can view the PACM panel discussion he participated in with colleague Harold Kuhn for the Theory of Games course here:

    Tuesday, 26 May 2015 - 1:15pm
  • Phil Holmes to Receive Honorary Doctorate

    PACM professor Phil Holmes is set to receive an honorary degree (doctor honoris causa) from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Prof. Holmes is a scientist of outstanding authority and influence in applied mechanics and mathematics. He is a key figure of the field worldwide, and a foreign member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences who has been in close connection with Hungarian scientists for three decades. Congratuations Prof. Holmes!

    Tuesday, 7 April 2015 - 3:30pm
  • Carter and Tromp Awarded Supercomputer Hours

    PACM professors Emily Carter and Jeroen Tromp have been awarded processing time on two powerful supercomputers as part of the 2015 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact of Theory and Experiment (INCITE) awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. Click here to read more. 

    Wednesday, 24 December 2014 - 9:15am
  • Emily Carter named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

    Prof. Emily Carter has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, which honors academic inventors whose inventions have made a tangible impact on society. The new fellows will be inducted Mar. 20, 2015, at the academy's fourth annual conference to be held at the California Institute of Technology.

    Wednesday, 17 December 2014 - 2:00pm
  • Abbe Wins Bell Labs Prize

    PACM faculty member Emmanuel Abbe was awarded first prize of the first annual Bell Labs Prize. This prize recognizes proposals that "change the game" in the field of information and communication technologies. Click here to read more. Congratulations Emmanuel! 

    Wednesday, 10 December 2014 - 11:45am
  • PACM Distinguished Lecture

    Speaker: Jennifer Chayes, Microsoft

    Thursday, December 4, 2014

    8:00 p.m., A01 McDonnell Hall

    "Belief Propagation Algorithms: From Matching Problems to Network Discovery in Cancer Genomics"

    Abstract: We review a certain class of algorithms, belief propagation algorithms, inspired by the study of phase transitions in computationally difficult problems. We show how these algorithms can be used both in the mathematical analysis of relatively simple problems like matching, and in the heuristic analysis of more complex problems. In particular, we show how particular forms of these algorithms can be used to discover pathways in cancer genomics, and to suggest possible drug targets for cancer therapy. These methods give us the ability to share information across multiple patients to help reconstruct highly patient-specific networks and potential treatments.

    Click here to read more about our speaker. 

    Thursday, 4 December 2014 - 8:00pm
  • Amit Singer Receives Moore Foundation Award

    Prof. Amit Singer has been awarded a five-year, $1.5 million Investigators in Data-Driven Discovery award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Click here to read more. Congratulations Amit! 

    Friday, 3 October 2014 - 9:45am
  • Emily Carter wins Remsen Award

    Emily Carter, founding director of Princeton University's Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has been awarded the 2014 Remsen Award by the American Chemical Society Maryland Section for outstanding achievement in chemistry.

    Thursday, 10 July 2014 - 9:00am
  • Princeton Mathematician Harold Kuhn Dies at 88

    Harold Kuhn, a Princeton mathematician who advanced game theory and brought mathematical approaches to economics, died of congestive heart failure in New York on July 2. He was 88 years old. You can view the PACM panel discussion he participated in with John Nash for the Theory of Games course below. 

    Wednesday, 9 July 2014 - 9:15am
  • Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

    PACM faculty members Howard Stone and Sergio Verdu were elected to the National Academy of Sciences this week. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research. Click here to see a list of all the new inductees. 

    Wednesday, 30 April 2014 - 10:00am
  • PACM Student Chosen as Salutatorian

    PACM certificate student Alexander Iriza has been named the Latin salutatorian for the class of 2014. 

    Iriza's academic honors include sharing the Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award with Pogrebniak. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he also received the Andrew H. Brown Prize for outstanding junior in mathematics, the Manfred Pyka Memorial Prize in Physics and the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence twice.

    After graduation, he will spend the summer as a software development intern at Pure Storage, a startup in Mountain View, Calif., and then return to Princeton to pursue a master's degree in computer science.

    Wednesday, 30 April 2014 - 9:45am
  • Student Awarded Hertz Fellowship

    PACM would like to congratulate our certificate student, Gene Katsevich '14 on his recent Hertz Fellowship. He will use the fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. in statistics at Stanford University. Read more here

    Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 9:45am
  • Yakov Sinai wins 2014 Abel Prize

    PACM associate professor Yakov G. Sinai has been awarded the 2014 Abel Prize from the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters  "for his fundamental contributions to dynamical systems, ergodic theory, and mathematical physics. The Abel Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences and has been awarded annually since 2003. Read more about this award here.

    Wednesday, 26 March 2014 - 10:45am
  • Simon Levin Awarded Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement

    PACM associate faculty member Simon Levin received the 2014 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement for bridging ecological research and environmental policy, economics and social science. Levin will receive an award of $200,000 with the prize, which was established in 1973 at the founding of the environmental movement. You can read more about Prof. Levin's achievement here

    Tuesday, 25 March 2014 - 10:15am