David Kinderlehrer Named AAAS Fellow
By Jocelyn Duffy
Carnegie Mellon University’s David Kinderlehrer has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS Fellows are elected by their peers in recognition of the recipients’ distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.
Kinderlehrer, the Alumni Professor of Mathematical Sciences and professor of materials science and engineering, is being recognized for his long and distinguished career in applied mathematics and mathematical analysis. Through his work, which ranges from free boundary problems to the theory of optimal transport, Kinderlehrer has made important contributions to advancing materials science research, in particular the discovery, with Mathematical Sciences Professor Shlomo Ta'asan and their colleagues, of a new paradigm-changing characterization of microstructure.
His highly regarded work in these areas is a testament to the dynamic multidisciplinary initiatives he has forged between mathematicians and allied scientists. In 1991 he co-founded Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Nonlinear Analysis, which focuses on cutting-edge mathematical questions in science and engineering, and served as its director from 1994-1998.
Carnegie Mellon Dean of Engineering Jim Garrett and Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Vijayakumar Bhagavatual were also elected to this year’s class of AAAS Fellows. The three researchers join 19 other current Carnegie Mellon faculty members who are active fellows.
The 2016 class of 391 fellows will be recognized during the AAAS Fellows Forum held on February 18 at the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.