The University of Newcastle is repositioning itself on the international maths scene following major investment in the discipline and the recruitment of leading experts.
The University has secured the internationally recognised expertise of Visiting Professor Jon Borwein and Professor Natashia Boland to develop a world-class centre for computer assisted research mathematics and its applications.
Professor Borwein is one of the world's leading mathematicians. Visiting from Dalhousie University in Canada, Professor Borwein is internationally recognised for his contribution to mathematics and computing education. He is at the forefront of developing highly innovative computer programs to illustrate complex mathematical ideas.
Recognised for her continuing work with industry, Professor Boland works in the specialised field of operations research which involves the application of mathematical techniques to human and business activities. Her research has been applied to numerous industry problems including airline planning, military logistics deployment, and the planning of international shipping movements.
Together Professors Borwein and Boland will conduct an international search for five outstanding teaching and research staff to join the University of Newcastle.
Professor John O'Connor, Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, said securing Professors Borwein and Boland's expertise was a major coup for the University. "This important investment will place the University in the ideal position to the tackle the research problems faced by industry, and go towards remedying the short-fall in work-ready graduates to meet Australia’s ever increasing need for qualified mathematicians and statisticians."