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UCLA Math Alumnus Richard Tapia Receives National Medal of Science

Richard Tapia

UCLA Mathematics alumnus Richard A. Tapia (BA, 1961, MA 1966, PhD 1967) was named among seven outstanding researchers as a 2011 recipient of the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists and engineers. Tapia was cited for his "pioneering and fundamental contributions in optimization theory and numerical analysis and for his dedication and sustained efforts in fostering diversity and excellence in mathematics and science education." Tapia is a professor of engineering, computing and applied mathematics at Rice University, where he joined the faculty in 1970.



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