Brittany Froese receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 06, 2013

Dr. Brittany Froese's PhD research in mathematics was focused on the problem of optimal transport, which involves determining the most cost-efficient way of transporting material from one region to another. This problem has been widely studied for over 200 years because it is both mathematically rich and important in many applications, including medical imaging, astrophysics, meteorology, and many other fields.

However, little progress has been made in actually computing solutions to this problem. For her  PhD dissertation, Numerical methods for the elliptic Monge-Ampere equation and optimal transport, she developed new mathematical and computational techniques for solving the optimal transport problem in a wide range of challenging settings.

Her supervisor, Dr. Adam Oberman, says, "Her work is widely acknowledged to be the best in the area by experts in the field. It has the advantages of a convergence proof, and a fast solver, which is an unusually efficient combination. Her fundamental contributions to this area bring together a historically important partial differential equation which has a broad number of modern applications." She has just received the prestigious Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) student paper prize for her work. 

While achieving a perfect 4.33 GPA, she also served the academic community in several ways, from being a reviewer for a number of mathematics and computing journals to co-organising an applied mathematics graduate student conference at SFU.

Dr. Froese currently holds an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is associated with the Department of Mathematics and the Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES).  She continues to work on developing computational methods for solving partial differential equations that arise in many real world applications and plans to pursue a career in academia.

On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Dr. Brittany Froese on her outstanding achievements which are being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal as one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Science.

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