Partial Differential Equations Conference

Plenary Speakers

Thomas Bartsch

Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Professor Thomas Bartsch received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Munich in 1987 and is currently Professor and Chair of Analysis at the University of Giessen. Previously, he was a Heisenberg Fellow at ETH Zurich and a Fellow of the German National Scholarship Foundation.  Professor Bartsch recently won the 2023 Juliusz Schauder Medal.  He is known for his research in nonlinear functional analysis: critical point theory and mini-max methods; Morse theory; topological methods; Conley index theory; bifurcation theory, nonlinear partial differential equations and systems: nonlinear boundary value problems; nonlinear Schrödinger type equations and systems from mathematical physics; nonlinear Maxwell equations; singular limit problems; qualitative properties of solutions such as symmetry, nodal properties, shape, and Hamiltonian systems: periodic solutions; heteroclinic orbits; point vortex dynamics; and invariant sets of flows.


Alina Chertock

North Carolina State University

Professor Alina Chertock received her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the Tel-Aviv University in 1999 and is currently the LeRoy B. Martin, Jr. Distinguished Professor and Head of the Mathematics Department at NC State University.  She is also the Associate Director for the Center for Research in Scientific Computation at NC State University. Professor Chertock is known for her research in applied nonlinear partial differential equations, scientific computing, numerical analysis, multiscale models, uncertain phenomena and machine learning.


Manuel del Pino

University of Bath

Manuel del Pino finished his Ph.D in 1992 at the University of Minnesota. After postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Advanced Study (1992-1993) and the University of Chicago (1993-1995), he became a faculty member at Universidad de Chile in Santiago. He was an invited speaker at the ICM in 2010. He became a member of the Chilean Academy of Sciences that year and received the Chilean National Award of Science in 2013. He is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Bath since 2018 and the recipient of a Research Professorship from the UK Royal Society (2018-2023). Most of his research has dealt with nonlinear elliptic and parabolic problems, especially rigorous constructions of asymptotic patterns in singular perturbation problems and singularity formation in time dependent settings.


Qiang Du

Columbia University

Dr.Du earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics (1988) from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests are in numerical analysis; mathematical modeling and scientific computation with selected applications in physical, biological, and materials sciences; and data and information sciences and machine learning. Currently, Dr.Du is the Fu Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics (APAM), Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Columbia University. He also serves as a co-Chair of the Center for Computing Systems for Data-Driven Science. He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2018). He is a Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), American Mathematical Society (AMS), and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr.Du is a founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Diamond-Open-Access journal Communications of the AMS, and the Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics. He also serves on the editorial boards of the SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, Mathematics of Computation and more than a dozen other international journals.


Irene Fonseca

Carnegie Mellon University

Professor Fonseca received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA. Her primary focus is on research and training in applied mathematics at the broad interface between mathematics, the physical sciences, and engineering. Her research program includes the mathematical study of shape memory alloys, ferroelectric, magnetic materials, composites, thin structures, phase transitions in fluids and solids, and the mathematical analysis of image segmentation, denoising, detexturing and recolorization in computer vision. Professor Fonseka is a recipient of the International Society for the Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics Senior Prize. She is a Fellow of the European Academy of Science, the American Mathematical Society, and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) as well as a past president of SIAM. Irene Fonseca was bestowed a knighthood in the Military Order of St. James (Grande Oficial da Ordem Militar de Santiago da Espada) by the then-President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, in 1997 for her contributions to the advancement of research in applied mathematics.


Peter Monk

University of Delaware

Peter Monk is Unidel Professor of Mathematical Science at the University of Delaware. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1983. Professor Monk’s research lies in the areas of numerical analysis and scientific computing; in particular, finite element methods, inverse scattering problems, and numerical methods for Maxwell’s equations. Professor Monk is a Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. In 2003, Professor Monk authored a book published by Oxford University Press titled: Finite element methods for Maxwell’s equations. This book is considered a classic of the literature on finite element methods for Maxwell’s equations. It provides an up to date and sound theoretical foundation for finite element methods in computational electromagnetism.  Professor Monk is also a co-ringmaster of the Finite Element Circus serving as a co-organizer since 2016 for the long-running conference series devoted to the theory and applications of the finite element method and related areas of numerical analysis and partial differential equations.


Chi-Wang Shu

Brown University

Professor Chi-Wang Shu received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1986 and is currently the Theodore B. Stowell University Professor of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. He is known for his research in the fields of computational fluid dynamics and numerical solutions of conservation laws and Hamilton–Jacobi type equations. Professor Shu is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) included him in the 2020 class of AWM Fellows for “his exceptional dedication and contribution to mentoring, supporting, and advancing women in the mathematical sciences.” He is the 2021 recipient of the John von Neumann Lecture Prize, the highest honor and flagship lecture of SIAM. In1995, he also received the Feng Kang Prize of Scientific Computing presented by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.