Two Princeton Engineering professors, Naomi Leonard and Robert Vanderbei, have been named fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, for work that ranges from the coordination of undersea robots to the search for extrasolar planets.
"While many of us in operations research and financial engineering call ourselves financial engineers, what we really do is study risk with an eye toward reducing or otherwise mitigating its effects. Risk lurks everywhere and having a deep mathematical understanding of it is critical."
For five straight days in February, 15 Princeton undergraduates competed in a grueling applied math contest. When the dust had settled, one of the teams had taken top honors. Jeff Tang '09, a member of the top team, reports.