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Release: April 28, 2000

UI mathematician receives $200,000 NSF grant

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Laurent Jay, assistant professor of mathematics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, has received a five-year, $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the numerical solution of differential-algebraic equations and use the software tools resulting from the study in joint projects with industry, research laboratories and universities.

The project results are expected to have application to a variety of research fields including rigid and flexible multi-body dynamics, classical molecular dynamics, and flight formation of multiple coordinated spacecraft. The project will include opportunity for undergraduate participation and for graduate students to collaborate with industry and to write master's and doctoral theses. Particular attention will be paid to reaching out to minority students, and it is expected that the project will result in the creation of new courses.

The project, formally titled "Development, Analysis, Implementation, and Application of innovative Structure Preserving Integrators for Constrained Systems in Mechanics," is funded under the NSF's prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Program and becomes effective June 1, 2000.

Jay, who came to the UI in 1998, previously served as a post-doctoral researcher at the Minnesota Supercomputer Institute, the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, the Army High Performance Computing Research Center and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota; the Department of Mathematics at the University of Geneva, Switzerland; and the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. He received his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Geneva, Switzerland in 1994 and has research interests in numerical analysis and scientific computing. He has published more than a dozen articles in professional journals and is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the American Mathematical Society, the American Association of University Professors and the Swiss Mathematical Society.