Prof. Richard Tapia will be visiting UD next month for a series of
lectures on mathematics and diversity. His work as a mathematician,
scientist, educator and advocate for women and minorities in STEM fields
is the stuff of legend. He also has a number of interests outside of
the academy. He has the Presidential Medal of Science, the Vannevar Bush
Award, several world drag racing records and a National Champion Chevy
Chevelle SS. He will be giving three talks to the UD community in October.
Monday, 13 October, 4:00-5:00, Gore Recital Hall. Prof. Tapia will be
delivering the University of Delaware Distinguished Lecture on Diversity
in Higher Education "Diversity crisis in higher education: The need for
new understanding and new leadership" . This lecture is included in the
current UD strategic planning "Thought Leader" series.
Tuesday, 14 October, 3:30-4:30, Wolf 100. Prof. Tapia will give a
lecture entitled "Math at High Speed",
a tribute to his drag racing days. This public lecture is open to all
and requires no sophisticated knowledge of mathematics.
Wednesday, 15 October, 3:30-4:30, Wolf 100. Prof. Tapia will give a
lecture aimed at faculty on numerical optimization "Inverse, Shifted
Inverse, and Rayleigh Quotient Iteration as Newton’s Method".
Listen to an NPR interview with Prof. Tapia.