Virginia Tech Professor John A. Burns will receive a prestigious mathematics prize in recognition of his "fundamental contributions in computational methods for, and applications in, the control, design, and optimization of infinite dimensional dynamical systems." The W. T. and Idelia Reid Prize in Mathematics will be awarded to Burns at the 2010 Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Annual Meeting which will take place in Pittsburgh July 12-16. The prize is awarded for outstanding research in the broadly defined areas of differential equations and control theory.
Burns is the Hatcher Professor of Mathematics in the College of Science and the technical director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Mathematics at Virginia Tech. He is currently working on computational problems associated with the design and control of high performance energy efficient buildings. This is a research area where the challenges involve modeling, simulation, control and optimization of highly complex dynamical systems. "The payoffs in terms of reducing energy consumption, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving national energy independence are huge," Burns said.
He will be honored at the Prizes and Awards Luncheon to be held on Tuesday, July 13, 2010. At the luncheon, he will receive an engraved medal and a cash award of $10,000. On Wednesday, July 14, Burns will present The Reid Prize Lecture in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.
The W. T. and Idelia Reid Prize in Mathematics was established in 1993 by SIAM. It is funded by an endowment from the late Mrs. Idalia Reid to honor the memory of her husband W. T. Reid. The prize, one of the most coveted in the field of applied mathematics, is awarded annually and may be given either for a single notable achievement or a collection of achievements.
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