Joseph Teran Wins Presidential Early Career Award
UCLA Mathematics Associate Professor Joseph Teran has been named by President Barack Obama among 94 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. Sixteen federal departments and agencies join together annually to nominate the most outstanding scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America’s preeminence in science and engineering, and contributing to the missions of the agencies. Teran was one of three UCLA scientists to receive the PECASE. His research interests include computational biomechanics and virtual surgery. As a pioneer of virtual surgery, Teran uses mathematics — including computational geometry, partial differential equations and many-core computing — to enable surgeons to practice on a three-dimensional “digital double” of a patient before performing an actual surgery. His applied math can also be used to design more durable bridges, freeways, cars and aircraft.
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