News Archive

Dr. Fisher Receives Young Scholar Award

BYU recently honored Associate Chair Dr. Todd Fisher by presenting him with the Young Scholar Award during the 2017 Annual University Conference. Only given to three faculty members per year, and within the first ten years of their appointment, this award commends Dr. Fisher for his excellent research in Dynamical Systems. According to Dr. Fisher, Dynamical Systems is primarily concerned with the mathematics that studies complicated systems and how they evolve in time. Department faculty members nominated Dr. Fisher who was then selected by the university committee to receive the award.

Internship Panel

Join us on October 12th at 4:30 pm in 1170 TMCB to learn from Math Interns past experiences. We’ll have students that interned at the following: Goldman Sachs, NSA, Lawrence Livermore, Intermountain Healthcare, Harvard University, Amazon, Federal Reserve and the FBI.  Refreshments will be served.

To Be Or Not To Be: A Math Major

The annual Math Department Information Session, To Be Or Not To Be(TBONTB), is this Thursday, October 12th in TMCB 1170. Come eat free pizza and have the opportunity to ask Math professors questions about the major.

Alumni Tailgate

Casey Johnson – Careers in Math

Date: Thursday, 5 October 2017
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: 1170 TMCB
Topic: Opportunities for mathematicians with the Department of Defense

Biography: Casey Johnson grew up in southern Idaho and served in Mexico León mission. He attended Brigham Young University, where he received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics. He received a PhD in mathematics from the University of Utah with a dissertation in representation theory. Since graduation, he has worked as a mathematician. He lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.

Robert J. Lang, Focus on Math

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Time: 4:30PM

Room: 1170 TMCB

Title: From Flapping Birds to Space Telescopes: The Mathematics of Origami

Abstract: The last decade of this past century has been witness to a revolution in the development and application of mathematical techniques to origami, the centuries-old Japanese art of paper-folding. The techniques used in mathematical origami design range from the abstruse to the highly approachable. In this talk, I will describe how geometric concepts led to the solution of a broad class of origami folding problems – specifically, the problem of efficiently folding a shape with an arbitrary number and arrangement of flaps, and along the way, enabled origami designs of mind-blowing complexity and realism, some of which you’ll see, too. As often happens in mathematics, theory originally developed for its own sake has led to some surprising practical applications. The algorithms and theorems of origami design have shed light on long-standing mathematical questions and have solved practical engineering problems. I will discuss examples of how origami and its underlying math has enabled safer airbags, Brobdingnagian space telescopes, and more.

Robert J. Lang is recognized as one of the foremost origami artists in the world as well as a pioneer in computational origami and the development of formal design algorithms for folding. With a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech, he has, during the course of work at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Spectra Diode Laboratories, and JDS Uniphase, authored or co-authored over100 papers and 50 patents in lasers and optoelectronics as well as authoring, co-authoring, or editing 25 refereed papers, 17 books, and a CD-ROM on origami. Since 2001, he has been a full-time artist and consultant on origami and its applications to engineering problems. He received Caltech’s Distinguished Alumni Award, in 2009 and was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2013.

Math Opening Social

Come join the Math department for fun, food, and games at Kiwanis Park on Friday, September 29th, at 6PM. Everyone is welcome.

Careers in Math: Eric Neilson (Amazon)

Eric graduated from BYU with a B.S. in Electronics Information Technology. He worked locally, at Workfront, for many years before moving to Amazon. Currently, he manages the development of AWS Snowball and AWS Snowball Edge. In his free time Eric loves to he loves to go snow skiing, water skiing, wake surfing, dirt bike, and boating.



Lecture/Film “Why does Ramanujan, ‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’, matter?”

Speaker: Ken Ono (Emory University)

Title: Why does Ramanujan, “The Man Who Knew Infinity”, matter?

Date: Friday, September 15, 2017

Time: 6:30PM

Place: Nelke Theater, BYU Campus

Abstract: This lecture is about Srinivasa Ramanujan, “The Man Who Knew Infinity.” Ramanujan was a self-trained two-time college dropout who left behind 3 notebooks filled with equations that mathematicians are still trying to figure out today. He claimed that his ideas came to him as visions from an Indian goddess. This lecture is about why Ramanujan matters.

The speaker is an Associate Producer of the film “The Man Who Knew Infinity” (starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons) about Ramanujan. He will share several clips from the film in the lecture, and will also tell stories about the production and promotion of the film.

The lecture will be followed by a showing of the film.

This event is jointly sponsored by the math department and the Department of Theatre and Media Arts.