Carnegie Mellon University

Irene Fonseca

Irene Fonseca

Mellon College of Science University Professor of Mathematics
Director, CMU's Center for Nonlinear Analysis


An internationally respected educator and researcher in applied mathematics; Irene Fonseca is the director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for Nonlinear Analysis (CNA). The CNA is one of the few centers in the United States that receives significant federal funding for research in applied mathematics.

Fonseca's research is centered on calculus of variations, geometric measure theory, and partial differential equations. It is motivated, in part, by the study of properties of novel man-made materials and by issues in imaging.

In recognition for her contributions to the advancement of research in her area of expertise, Fonseca was bestowed knighthood in the Military Order of St. James (Grande Oficial da Ordem Militar de Sant'Iago da Espada) by the President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio.

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