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Calabi Assistant Professor of Mathematics: Robert M. Strain III

December 7, 2010, Volume 57, No. 14



Robert M. Strain III has been named the Calabi Assistant Professor of Mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Strain’s research focuses on the analysis of non-linear partial differential equations which arise in physical contexts. In particular, he is interested in the equations of gas dynamics and fluid flow, such as the Boltzmann equation and the Navier-Stokes equations.

His recent work includes a focus on free boundary problems, Harmonic analysis and numerical simulations. He has been published in a range of journals including The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, International Mathematics Research Notices, Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, Communications in Mathematical Physics and the Journal de Mathématiques Pures et Appliqués.

Dr. Strain spent three years as an assistant professor at Harvard University before joining Penn’s faculty in 2008. He completed his doctorate in applied mathematics from Brown University in 2005, at which time he was also awarded Brown’s Sigma Xi Prize for excellence in research and high potential for future contributions. Dr. Strain has also served as a visiting professor at Princeton University and as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow.

Awarded to a promising young teacher and scholar in the department of mathematics, the Calabi Assistant Professorship is named in honor of Eugenio and Giuliana Calabi.

Eugenio Calabi is a professor emeritus in the department of mathematics. Specializing in differential geometry and partial differential equations, he is most popularly associated with Calabi-Yau manifolds. Dr. Calabi was a Putnam Fellow as an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his doctorate from Princeton University. He came to Penn in 1964. Appointed the Thomas A. Scott Chair of Mathematics in 1967, he won the American Mathematical Society’s Leroy P. Steele Prize in 1991, the same year he assumed emeritus status.


Almanac - December 7, 2010, Volume 57, No. 14