Catherine Sulem, a professor in the Department of Mathematics, has been selected to deliver the prestigious 2019 Association for Women in Mathematics -
(AWM-SIAM) Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture, intended to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics.
Sulem, an internationally recognized expert in the complex mathematics describing “the motion of the free surface of a fluid under the influence of gravity and surface tension” – in other words, phenomena like ocean waves, will present her prize lecture at the 9th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM 2019).
Sulem was recently awarded a Killam Research Fellowship. During the two-year fellowship, Sulem will focus on two main projects. In one, she will study how large-amplitude waves interact with each other; how the topology of the ocean floor affects wave formation; and how waves on and below the surface interact with each other. In the other, she will further her research into waves in optics and plasmas.