Tuesday, March 31, 2009
MCS Names Noel Walkington Associate Dean for Faculty and Graduate AffairsMathematical Sciences Professor Noel Walkington has been named associate dean for Faculty and Graduate Affairs. Walkington has been a faculty member in the Department of Mathematical Sciences since 1989. During that time, he has served on departmental graduate student and faculty recruiting committees, and college ad hoc promotion committees. He also served a term on the faculty senate and on the university committee on non-tenure appointments. His service to the Department of Mathematical Sciences and the university has prepared him to tackle the challenges posed by his new post, which he assumed in March 2009.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know more of my colleagues in MCS, and learning more about activities across the college,” said Walkington.
Walkington, a numerical analyst, holds degrees in mechanical engineering and mathematics and enjoys working at the interface of the two. His research interests focus on analyzing and proving the correctness of algorithms used in simulation software. Such software is employed by engineers to model mechanical systems, including those in vehicles and aircraft.
Walkington is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Mathematical Society. He has co-organized several Center for Nonlinear Analysis Summer Schools, and he reviews papers for various journals and proposals for the National Science Foundation. He holds a B.E. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, an M.S. degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now the Missouri University of Science and Technology), and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin.