2019 Chorafas Award


Nate Veldt, PhD in Mathematics (with concentration in Computational Science) advised by Professor David F. Gleich, received the prestigious 2019 Chorafas Award. Veldt's research focuses mostly on mathematical models and algorithms for identifying clusters of related objects in complex systems that can be modeled by a graph or network. Among other applications, he has applied his research to identify groups of related genes in a biological network, identify precise segmentations of MRI scans, and better understand how student data (e.g. residence hall, major, graduation year) shape the community structure of social networks on  a university campus. 

Veldt graduated from Purdue in May 2019 and is currently working as a postdoctoral associate in the Center for Applied Mathematics at Cornell University. More information about his work can be found on his personal website https://www.math.purdue.edu/~lveldt/.

The Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation awards scientific prizes for outstanding work in selected fields in the engineering sciences, medicine and the natural sciences. It rewards research characterized by its high potential for practical application and by the special significance attached to its aftermath.  Every year, partner universities in Europe, North America and Asia evaluate the research work of their graduating doctorate students and propose the best for prizing.

Congratulations to Nate Veldt.