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UCLA Professor and Alumni Win SIAM Prizes

Left to right: Arjuna Flenner, Andrea Bertozzi, Vlad Voroninski

One UCLA professor, along with undergraduate and graduate alumni received honors on July 8 at the annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in Chicago.  Each year the society awards three prizes for oustanding papers published in all SIAM journals in the past three years.  Included in this year's awards was UCLA Math Professor Andrea Bertozzi for her joint paper with Arjuna Flenner on "Diffuse Interface Models on Graphs for Classification of High Dimensional Data," published in Multiscale Modeling and Simulation 10(3), 2012.  Since its publication, this work has led to PhD work of four students at UCLA and Claremont Graduate University, where Flenner has had a visiting position in conjunction with his current position at China Lake.

Also joining her on the awards stage in Chicago was UCLA Math Alumnus Vladislav Voroninski (BS/MA 2008) for his paper on Phase Retrieval via Matrix Completion, coauthored with Emmanuel J. Candes, Yonina Eldar, and Thomas Strohmer, and published in SIAM J. on Imaging Sciences 6(1) 2013. Voroninski completed his PhD in Mathematics at Berkeley in 2013 and is currently an instructor and postdoc at MIT. He was one of the first UCLA students to participate in the summer undergraduate research experience in computational and applied mathematics in 2006 - along with 17 other students.  The program has since grown to over 50 students this summer in 2014.

Also honored at the SIAM meeting was UCLA graduate alumnus Weinan E (PhD 1989) who received the Theodore von Karman Prize for notable applications of mathematics to mechanics and/or the engineering sciences.  He currently holds faculty positions at both Princeton and Peking University.