The IMA Welcomes its 2016-2017 Class of Postdocs

The IMA welcomed six new postdoctoral fellows for its 2016-2017 Annual Thematic Program on Mathematics and Optics in early September. Incoming postdocs were selected from among hundreds of applicants. Please join us in welcoming this talented group of mathematicians.

  • Shelvean Kapita, Ph.D., University of Delaware, advisor: Peter Monk, is interested in numerical analysis of partial differential equations, Trefftz-discontinuous Galerkin methods for the Helmholtz equation, and acoustic scattering.
  • Wei Li, Ph.D., University of Michigan, advisors: Liliana Borcea and John Schotland, studies nonlinear optics and wave propagation in random media.
  • Shixu Meng, Ph.D., University of Delaware, advisors: Fioralba Cakoni and David Colton, focuses on inverse scattering theory, inverse boundary value problems, analysis of partial differential equations, inverse problems, and ill-posed problems.
  • Natalie Shiels, Ph.D., University of Washington, advisor: Bernard Deconinck, devotes her research to solving physically relevant boundary value problems (BVPs).
  • Robert Viator, Ph.D., Louisiana State University, advisor: Robert Lipton, is interested in the mathematics of periodic materials exhibiting exotic electromagnetic response. His current research involves separation of spectra and calculation of radii of convergence for power series expansions of periodic and quasi-periodic spectra corresponding to high-contrast photonic crystals.
  • Haitao Xu, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst, advisor: Panayotis G. Kevrekidis, studies nonlinear partial differential equations, nonlinear waves, nonlinear dynamical systems, and mathematical physics.