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Visiting Lecturer Browning to Speak on Mathematics in Search and Rescue, Industry, and Careers

Posted on 9/16/2011 12:13:48 PM

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, Dr. William Browning, founder and president of Applied Mathematics, Inc., will speak at IUP as part of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Visiting Lecture Series.

Dr. Browning received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Purdue University. For the past thirty-seven years, his work has principally focused on applications of mathematics to naval operations. He has embarked as a technical adviser on over thirty U.S. and United Kingdom nuclear submarines and naval aircraft conducting operations throughout the world. He has led consulting projects in a variety of areas, including submarine warfare, Coast Guard search and rescue, clinical informatics, fluid flow control, ship tracking, and viticulture.

Dr. Browning received a Meritorious Public Service Citation from the chief of Naval Operations for his work in submarine search theory and sonar systems employment; a Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University College of Science; and the Naval Submarine League Distinguished Civilian Award.

Dr. Browning will give three talks:

  • 1:25–2:15 p.m. (Eberly Auditorium ECB 101)
    Title: Some Applications of Mathematics in Industry
    Applications of mathematics will be described in the areas of submarine warfare, ocean surface current estimation, and grape crop yield estimation.
  • 3:35–4:25 p.m. Stright Hall Room 329
    Title: Career Planning for Math Majors
    A degree in the mathematical sciences is good preparation for a variety of careers. Some suggestions for preparing for a career in industry will be given.
  • 5:20–6:20 p.m. Stright Hall Room 329
    Title: The Mathematics of Search and Rescue
    Search and rescue is a core mission of the U.S. Coast Guard. An introduction to mathematical methods used in search and rescue will be given.

All talks are open to the public, and students are especiially encouraged to attend.

Department of Mathematics