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UI's Anitescu Wins Prestigious International Math Fellowship
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Mihai Anitescu, graduate student in the University
of Iowa Program in Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences, has
won the Argonne National Laboratory 1997-98 Wilkinson Fellowship in Scientific
Computing, the most prestigious international postdoctoral fellowship in
He is the first-ever University of Iowa recipient, with previous winners
having come from the California Institute of Technology, Cornell University
and New York University.
The fellowship is intended to assist a young scientist who is actively
engaged in state-of-the-art research in scientific computing. The benefits
include a monthly salary of $5,200 and vacation and travel allowances.
The appointment is for one year and may be renewed for a second year.
As an Argonne Scholar, he will be assigned to the Mathematics and Computer
Science Division, which has research programs in software tools for parallel
computing and in numerical methods for linear algebra, optimization and
partial differential equations at the Argonne, Ill. laboratory.
Anitescu, who came to the University of Iowa from Bucharest, Romania
in 1993, is also the recipient of the Silver Medal at the 1986 International
In April 1997 he successfully defended his doctoral thesis under the
direction of thesis advisor Florian A. Potra, UI professor in the computer
science and mathematics departments. Anitescu's thesis develops a model
for simulating motion of rigid bodies with contact and friction, a model
useful for creating virtual environments in which a person interacts with
computer-created objects, as in a driving simulator.
The fellowship is named in memory of the late James Hardy Wilkinson,
noted mathematician and Fellow of the Royal Society, London, who had a
close association with Argonne's Mathematics and Computer Science Division
as a consultant and project leader. The fellowship is supported by a special
grant from the Office of Scientific Computing of the U.S. Department of
Energy. Argonne National Laboratory is operated by the University of Chicago
for the U.S. Department of Energy.