Irene Fonseca: 2013 Rubin lecture

Irene Fonseca’s work combines research, teaching, and training at the interface between pure and applied analysis. Since 1998, she has been the Director of the (NSF funded) Center for Nonlinear Analysis in the CMU Department of Mathematical Sciences; its primary focus is research and training in applied mathematics at the broad interface between mathematics, the physical sciences, and engineering. Her research program includes the mathematical study of shape memory alloys, ferroelectric magnetic materials, composites, liquid crystals, thin structures, phase transitions, and image segmentation and recolorization in computer vision.

Professor Fonseca received her undergraduate education at the University of Lisbon and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She is the current President of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). In 2006 she was the Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer at the annual AWM-SIAM meeting, and she has received numerous recognitions from the profession, from Carnegie Mellon, and from her native Portugal. She is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

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