Clarkson dean selected as fellow at Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 11:02 am

POTSDAM -- Peter R. Turner, dean of the Clarkson University School of Arts and Sciences, has been selected as a fellow at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

The fellowship honors SIAM members who have made outstanding contributions to the fields served by the organization.

Turner was selected for his leadership in advancing applied mathematical education, including the creation of SIAM Undergraduate Research Online.

"SIAM is very selective about their fellows program," says Clarkson Senior Vice President Chuck Thorpe. "There are only about 250 fellows to date worldwide. Dean Turner's involvement as SIAM vice president for education and as founding editor-in-chief of SIAM Undergraduate Research Online was likely a key factor in his selection as a fellow. This work with undergraduate education and research is one of the reasons why we find him so valuable to the University."

Turner, also a professor of mathematics at Clarkson, has participated in and organized several outreach activities on behalf of SIAM, including the SIAM-NSF Modeling across the Curriculum initiative, SIAM partnership with the Museum of Mathematics, and SIAM participation in USA Science and Engineering Festivals. He also chaired the working group that produced the SIAM Report on undergraduate computational science and engineering education.

Turner's research interests are in computer arithmetic, level-index system, functional analysis, optimization, numerical analysis, parallel processing, computer vision, and computer algebra

Turner came to Clarkson in 2002 as division head for mathematics and computer science, and in 2008, he assumed the post of interim dean of Arts and Sciences, and was named dean in 2009.

Prior to Clarkson, Turner served 28 years on the faculties of the University of Lancaster in England and, later, at the United States Naval Academy.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in 1973 and gained a reputation both for his scholarly contributions and for his innovative academic leadership.

He will be recognized at the 2013 SIAM Annual Meeting Prizes and Awards Luncheon on July 9 in San Diego.