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U of M Professor Vladimir Sverak elected to the Academy of Arts and Sciences

Portrait of Vladimir Sverak
Professor Vladimir Sverak Credit: University of Minnesota.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities College of Science and Engineering Professor Vladimir Sverak was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), one of the nation’s most prestigious honor societies. AAAS recognizes those making preeminent contributions to their fields and the world. Members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business and public affairs.

Sverak, a professor in the School of Mathematics, is a world-renowned expert in partial differential equations. These equations are used to mathematically formulate and solve problems involving functions of several variables, such as fluid flows, wave motion, computations of material stress, and many others. Their broad applicability makes them ubiquitous in both theoretical and applied sciences.

Sverak joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1994. He was named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 2000 and has received many other awards for his mathematics research, including the 2017 Prize for Mathematics from the Neuron Foundation in Prague. He has been part of the organizing committee for the Rivière-Fabes Symposium on Analysis and Partial Differential Equations for more than a decade. The School of Mathematics is hosting a workshop in May 2024 on recent advances in nonlinear partial differential equations in Sverak’s honor.

This year’s election of 250 new academy members continues a tradition of recognizing accomplishments and leadership in academia, the arts, industry, public policy and research. “We honor these artists, scholars, scientists and leaders in the public, non-profit and private sectors for their accomplishments and for the curiosity, creativity and courage required to reach new heights,” said David Oxtoby, president of the American Academy. “We invite these exceptional individuals to join in the Academy’s work to address serious challenges and advance the common good.”

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