Andrea Bertozzi, a professor of mathematics and director of applied mathematics at UCLA, has been named the inaugural holder of UCLA's Betsy Wood Knapp Chair for Innovation and Creativity.

Under her leadership, UCLA's program in applied mathematics has become one of the premier programs in the United States and the world, said Joseph Rudnick, dean of the UCLA Division of Physical Sciences.

Bertozzi and her colleagues work with the Los Angeles Police Department to analyze crime patterns and predict crime hotspots, and they have designed a mathematical algorithm to identify street gangs involved in unsolved violent crimes.