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Peter B. Monk, Unidel Professor of Mathematical Sciences, has been
recognized for his work on inverse scattering and finite element
Peter B. Monk, Unidel Professor of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Delaware, has been elected a 2022 Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM).
The recognition is one of the highest honors awarded by the
international organization, which works to build cooperation between
mathematics and the fields of science and technology.
The honorees are selected for "their exemplary research as well as
outstanding service to the community," the society said in its
announcement, calling SIAM Fellows "a core group of individuals helping
to advance the fields of applied mathematics and computational science."
Monk, who joined the UD faculty in 1982, was specifically recognized
for his contributions to inverse scattering and the development and
analysis of finite element methods for problems in acoustics and
In 2020, a research team in which Monk worked with engineers at Pennsylvania State University published the results
of a multi-year research project funded by the National Science
Foundation to come up with a design for more efficient thin-film solar
cells. The proposed design relied on mathematical computer models
designed by Monk and other UD mathematicians.
Monk is the author of the book Finite Element Methods for Maxwell's
Equations and co-author of The Linear Sampling Method in Inverse
In 2016, he began serving as a co-organizer of the Finite Element Circus,
a regular conference devoted to the theory and applications of the
finite element method and related areas of numerical analysis and
partial differential equations. Since the conference's founding in 1970,
it has been hosted by many institutions, including the University of
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Article by Ann Manser; Photo by Office of Communications and MarketingPublished June 07, 2022