Professor joins international editorial board

Aug 11, 2006

Dr. Brian J. McCartin, professor of Applied Mathematics at Kettering University, has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the new international journal Applied Mathematical Sciences (AMS).

Dr. Emil Minchev, managing editor of AMS and president of the publisher Hikari Ltd., a publisher of international mathematical journals and books, said McCartin's joining the editorial board of AMS will contribute very much to the successful start of the journal.

"Being selected as an editor of Applied Mathematical Sciences is indeed a great honor," said McCartin, "It pleases me because it recognizes not just my mathematical contributions but also my lifelong dedication to advancing the applied sciences. I particularly look forward to this opportunity to give younger applied mathematicians a chance to establish themselves."

As a member of the editorial board, McCartin's main responsibility will be to review manuscripts or to find other qualified reviewers. A subsidiary responsibility will be to solicit manuscripts from established colleagues "as well as up and coming young stars of the mathematical firmament," he said.

McCartin, a native of Providence, R.I., completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in Applied Mathematics with Highest Distinction at the University of Rhode Island in a record-setting total time of three years for both degrees. He went on to his doctoral studies at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.

McCartin spent 13 years working for United Technologies Corporation, lastly as senior research mathematician for United Technologies Research Center. It was there that he established an international reputation for his research into the applications of Mathematics to Engineering and Science, most notably in the field of computational electromagnetics, where his work was recognized by induction into the Electromagnetics Academy.

He subsequently served as chairman of the Computer Science Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Hartford, Conn., campus. During that period, he was also awarded the bachelor of Music, Summa Cum Laude from the Hartt School of Music of the University of Hartford.

McCartin has more than 100 publications to his credit and has been an invited lecturer internationally on numerous occasions. His specialty is the numerical solution of partial differential equations. He has made fundamental contributions to both semiconductor device simulation and electromagnetic scattering computations.

Other research contributions include musical geometry, computational geometry, image processing, computational acoustics, waveguide analysis, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, population genetics, cellular chemotaxis, modeling of chaotic respiration, Roentgen stereofluorogrammetry, river quality modeling, modeling of catalytic converters, stock option pricing, perturbation theory, and numerical optimization. In 2001, he solved the more than 100-year-old problem of the geometrical interpretation of linear regression for unequal error variances.

He is the founder of Kettering's chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society. In 2001, Kettering's students selected him as an honorary member of the Robots Honor Society. In 2000 he received Kettering's Outstanding Researcher Award and in 2001 received Kettering's Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2004, the Michigan Section of the Mathematical Association of America presented him with their Award for Distinguished University Teaching. He is also a past vice president of the Great Lakes Section of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

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