Department of Mathematics and Statistics Newsletter 2015 Newsletter

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS NEWSLETTER WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR The 2016 inaugural edition of the Auburn University Department of Mathematics and Statistics newsletter has arrived! Our department is providing remarkable mathematics and statistics education to the next generation and equipping them with analytic and problemsolving skills. Our faculty, staff, and students conduct exceptional research, statistical consulting, and service and outreach, and we are proud of our work. I hope you will find the newsletter helpful and informative as you read about the exciting activities, events, and accomplishments of our department over the past couple of years. Please also be sure to visit our new departmental website at www.auburn.edu/cosam/math (and if you see any errors, let us know!). Lastly, as you may have heard, Auburn University is in the midst of a historic $1 billion campaign that will propel our university forward through a renewed commitment to our students, a continued promise to our state, and a shared responsibility to the world. If you are interested in supporting the Department of Mathematics and Statistics through a charitable gift that will help us to better prepare our students, enable our faculty, build our academic programs, and establish new facilities, please be sure to contact me or send an email to the College of Sciences and Mathematics Office of Alumni and Development at cosam.development@auburn.edu. If you have any questions or comments regarding our newsletter, website, or anything to do with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, please feel free to contact me or any of our faculty members. DEPARTMENT CHAIR TIN-YAU TAM Faculty Updates pg. 2 Student Highlights pg. 12 Alumni Highlights pg. 16 War Eagle! Tin-Yau Tam Professor and Chair Department of Mathematics and Statistics tamtiny@auburn.edu 334.844.6572 1