Carnegie Mellon University
May 23, 2017

Mathematician Ian Tice Receives NSF CAREER Award

By Jocelyn Duffy

Carnegie Mellon mathematician Ian Tice has received a Faculty Early Career Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation. One of the most prestigious awards for young faculty, CAREER awards recognize and support those who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through their outstanding research and teaching. 

Tice, an assistant professor of mathematical sciences, received the five-year grant to develop new mathematical tools and techniques for studying partial differential equations associated with moving interfaces in multi-phase fluid flow. Fluid flow, the movement of liquids and gases, can be seen in a wide variety of natural phenomenon, from blood flowing through arteries to waves crashing in the ocean. Moving interfaces in fluids can be complex, but understanding them can have important implications across a wide variety of scientific and industrial fields. Tice will develop methods to analyze various models of multi-phase fluid flow, including contact line dynamics, surfactant-driven flows and gaseous stars.

“It’s a great honor to receive the CAREER award. I’m particularly excited about the resources it provides for me to support undergraduate research in mathematics here at CMU,” said Tice.

Under the grant, Tice will also develop an undergraduate collaborative reading and research program focused on fluid flow, assist with course development and mentor graduate researchers.