MCSD Staff Edit Two Conference Proceedings in Applied and Computational Mathematics
Two mathematicians from the ITL Mathematical and Computational Sciences Division have edited recently published volumes of research papers on topics in applied and computational mathematics.
Geoffrey B. McFadden of MCSD is a co-Editor of the proceedings of an international conference on interface problems in the physical sciences. The 332-page book, entitled Interfaces for the 21st Century: New Research Directions in Fluid Mechanics and Materials Science, is published by Imperial College Press, London. Co- editors of the volume are Marc K. Smith , Michael J. Miksis, G. Paul Neitzel, and David R. Canright. The conference was held in Monterey, California, in August 1999 with funding support by the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The conference included a special tribute to Professor Stephen H. Davis, Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics Department, Northwestern University. Davis has been the advisor of a number of Ph.D. students in the field of applied mathematics who have gone on to distinguished careers, including two former NRC Postdoctoral Fellows in ITL: Richard Braun (1991-93) who is now at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware, and Daniel Anderson (1995-97), now in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at George Mason University. The proceedings volume includes invited papers by Anderson, Braun, and McFadden, along with other collaborators of Davis.
Ronald F. Boisvert of MCSD is the co-Editor of the volume Computational Science, Mathematics and Software, which was recently published by Purdue University Press. Elias Houstis of Purdue was co-Editor. The 386-page book contains 19 papers originally presented at the International Symposium on Computational Science, which was held at Purdue in May 1999. Among the topics covered are the numerical solution of differential equations, the design of mathematical software, and the development of problem-solving environments for the sciences and engineering. The volume begins with a survey article by Boisvert entitled "Mathematical Software: Past, Present and Future". The conference was sponsored by Purdue, the International Federation for Information Processing's (IFIP) Working Group 2.5 (Numerical Software), and the International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation (IMACS). The conference was held in conjunction with the 65th birthday of Professor John R. Rice. Rice was an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow at NBS in the early 1960s, and spent most of his career as a member of the faculty of the Computer Science Department of Purdue. He was department chair there from 1983-96, and is now W. Brooks Fortune Distinguished Professor of Computer Science. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Rice is most well know for his seminal work in the field of mathematical software; the journal he founded, the ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software, remains the flagship for this sub-discipline of computer science.