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Andrei Gabrielov and Jie Shen named Distinguished Professors of Mathematics


 Andrei Gabrielov  Jie Shen

Mathematics professors Andrei Gabrielov and Jie Shen were named Distinguished Professors of Mathematics on August 4 by the Purdue University Board of Trustees. The Trustees ratified staff and faculty appointments recognizing efforts in discovery, learning and engagement that have advanced Purdue’s land-grant mission while elevating its reputation as a leading research university across the country and around the world.

“Professor Gabrielov and Professor Shen are exemplars of scholarship and research,” said Irena Swanson, head of the department of mathematics. They are highly regarded internationally and deeply respected by the mathematics faculty who recommended them for this recognition by a unanimous vote. Their scholarly acumen and research in computational, theoretical and applied mathematics have expanded the field and influenced scientists worldwide.”

Gabrielov is a talented and influential mathematician who has impacted a broad range of theoretical mathematics, where his work has been instrumental in the creation of entirely new research directions and their subsequent development. His contributions span mathematical logic, topology, algebraic geometry, complex analysis and differential equations. Additionally, he has made contributions to applied fields. His work in geophysics resulted in new models of seismicity and improved the prediction and understanding of earthquakes, and he has been invited to speak at nearly 170 major scientific events around the world, including in Japan, Poland, Italy, France, Brazil, New Zealand, Mexico, Israel and Spain. Gabrielov was placed among the top 0.1% of world mathematical geophysicists and experts in earthquake prediction theory by a senior research fellow and research professor at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, a member of Academia Europaea and a former secretary general of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics. Gabrielov is also a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

Shen has made contributions in many areas of computational and applied mathematics, including theoretical numerical analysis, scientific computing, computational fluid dynamics and computational materials science. A particular emphasis of his work is the development and analysis of high-order methods. For more than a decade, Shen has served as Purdue’s director of the Center for Computational and Applied Mathematics. He was ranked No. 4 in the world for single-year impact and No. 9 in the world for career impact in the field of numerical and computational mathematics in Stanford’s 2022 World’s Top Scientists and is a recipient of a Fulbright Award. He is also an elected fellow of the American Mathematical Society and an elected fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He serves as a member of eight editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals in his field.

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