Thomann named head of Mathematics Department

The College of Science welcomes Enrique Thomann as the Head of the Department of Mathematics effective immediately. Thomann has served as interim head of the department of Mathematics since October of last year.

With extensive research and teaching experience, Thomann will lead the department’s academic and research programs, and will oversee about 80 faculty/staff and 70 graduate assistants. He will continue with his research and teaching.

“I am delighted that Dr. Thomann has agreed to be Head of the Department of Mathematics,” said College of Science Dean Sastry Pantula.

“He is an outstanding mathematician with a pleasant personality, and we are extremely fortunate to have him in this leadership position. His deep commitment to enhancing diversity and student success will be a tremendous asset to the department, to Science and to OSU.” —Dean Sastry Pantula

Thomann joined the Mathematics faculty at Oregon State in 1987 supervising undergraduate, master’s and doctoral student theses, which he continues to do.  He served as an associate editor for the Annals of Applied Probability from 2005 to 2012, and recently spent a year at the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) in Minneapolis, where he held a New Directions Research Professorship.

“Mathematics holds a special place at Oregon State. We have deep expertise in basic mathematical research as well as interdisciplinary research that cuts across other sciences and engineering,” said Thomann.

“The health of Mathematics is essential for OSU’s success.” —Enrique Thomann

“Our faculty is recognized nationally and internationally for their teaching and research excellence. We will continue to explore innovative methods for delivering mathematical curricula to support student success. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in mathematics to raise the visibility and impact of mathematics on our campus as well as globally.”

Thomann specializes in partial differential equations, analysis, applied probability and mathematical modeling. His current research explores problems in partial differential equations arising from fluid mechanics. Thomann also collaborates with colleagues across departments and disciplines to develop mathematical models for applications in ecology, oceanography, hydrology and the management of natural resources.

After completing his undergraduate education in mathematics in his native Argentina at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Thomann earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley.

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