Ruth I. Michler Prize 2011-2012

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and Cornell University are pleased to announce that Anna Mazzucato, Pennsylvania State University, will receive the 2011-12 Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize. The Michler Prize grants a mid- career woman in academia a residential fellowship in the Cornell University mathematics department without teaching obligations. This pioneering venture was established through a very generous donation from the Michler family and the efforts of many people at AWM and Cornell.

Anna Mazzucato was selected to receive the Michler Prize because of her wide range of mathematical talents. In 1994, she earned her Laurea (BS/MS) in Mathematical Physics at Universitá degli Studi di Milano. Mazzucato received her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2000. She studied the Navier-Stokes and other nonlinear evolution equations under the direction of Michael Taylor.

In 2000, Mazzucato was a Clay Mathematics Institute Liftoff Mathematician. She has been a Gibbs Instructor at Yale University, a
postdoctoral fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and a postdoctoral associate at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications. She has been at the Pennsylvania State University since 2003 where she is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics.

Mazzucato’s research involves the analysis of partial differential equations, particularly those arising from continuum mechanics of deformable solids and incompressible fluids, and associated inverse problems. Her work is partially funded by the National Science Foundation.

At Cornell, Mazzucato plans to continue her work on the analysis of weak solutions of the Navier-Stokes and Euler equations, related questions on transport by irregular vector fields, and the analysis of boundary value/interface problems for elliptic systems in singular domains with applications to the finite element method. She is looking forward to her time at Cornell and her potential collaborations with Timothy Healey, Camil Muscalu, Alfred Schatz, Robert Strichartz and Lars Wahlbin.