Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences faculty members were recently named Distinguished University Professors: Christopher Jarzynski and Dianne O'Leary. This designation is the campus’ highest academic honor, reserved for those whose scholarly achievements “have brought distinction to the University of Maryland.”

Christopher JarzynskiChristopher Jarzynski, chemistry and biochemistry professor and director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, joined UMD in 2006. He is an accomplished scientist and talented teacher. His research focuses on statistical mechanics at the molecular level, with interest in the foundations of nonequilibrium thermodynamics, the application of statistical mechanics to problems of biophysical interest, the analysis of artificial molecular machines, and the development of efficient numerical schemes for estimating thermodynamic properties of complex systems.

He has received a Fulbright Fellowship; the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize in the Physical Sciences; and was named fellow of the American Physical Society. Presently, he is on the editorial board for the Journal of Statistical MechanicsTheory and Experiment, and is an associate editor for the Journal of Statistical Physics

Dianne O'LearyDianne O'Leary, professor emerita in computer science and the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, joined UMD in 1978. Her research has focused on computational linear algebra and optimization. The applications of her research include solution of ill-posed problems, image deblurring, information retrieval and quantum computing. O'Leary also held an appointment in the university's applied mathematics & statistics, and scientific computation program.

During her career, O'Leary authored two books, over 100 research publications on numerical analysis and computational science, and 30 publications on education and mentoring. She is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the Association for Computing Machinery, and a member of the Association of Women in Mathematics.

Sagari Rao contributed to this article.

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The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland educates more than 7,000 future scientific leaders in its undergraduate and graduate programs each year. The college’s 10 departments and more than a dozen interdisciplinary research centers foster scientific discovery with annual sponsored research funding exceeding $150 million.