Ruth Williams, who currently serves as a distinguished professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of California, San Diego, was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).
Williams says she was deeply honored to find out she had been elected to NAS— one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.
Williams has had a long relationship with the IMA, beginning as a postdoc in the spring of 1986, shortly after she received her Ph.D. in mathematics from Stanford University in 1983. She then continued her work at the IMA as a participant and co-organizer for many workshops and programs and as well as serving as a member of the Board of Governors (2003–2006).
Williams was a postdoc during the 1985–1986 Annual Thematic Program on Stochastic Differential Equations and their Applications. The organizers for the year were D. Stroock, W. Fleming, T. Harris, P. Lions, S. Orey, and G. Papanicolaou. Notably, four of these organizers subsequently became members of the NAS and one was awarded the Fields Medal.
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