The Department of Mathematics welcomed three new faculty members during their fall faculty meeting on August 19.
Joining the math faculty are Dr. Fritz Gesztesy, the new Ralph and Jean Storm Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Jameson Graber, a new Assistant Professor and Dr. Matthew Fleeman, a new post doc.
Dr. Frank Mathis, the new chair of the department remarks that "all three are exceptional scholars and Baylor is fortunate that they chose to come to our university. They elevate our research profile nationally and all three are exceptional teachers as well. We welcome Fritz, his wife Gloria, Jameson and his wife Kirsten and their newborn son Mattias, and Matthew into our Baylor math family."
Dr. Gesztesy becomes the new Ralph and Jean Storm Professor of Mathematics. This post was previously held by Dr. David Arnold, who retired in May 2015. Prior to his Baylor appointment, Dr. Gesztesy held the M&R Houchins Professorship at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was a professor for the past 28 years. Fritz is an expert on spectral theory and mathematical physics and has published more than 270 journal articles. Fritz is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (2013) and a member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Science and Letters (2002).
Among his many professional honors and awards, Fritz has won an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the Theodor Körner Award in Natural Sciences, and the Ludwig Boltzmann Award. He is an editor of several journals in mathematics and mathematical physics, including Editor in Chief of the Journal of Spectral Theory.
Dr. Graber earned his Ph.D. degree from the University of Virginia in 2014. He just finished a successful post doc position at the University of Texas at Dallas, working with Professor Alain Bensoussan. Jameson works in partial differential equations and applications to applied mathematics. He is a recent recipient of an NSF research grant aimed at studying problems in mean field control theory.
Dr. Fleeman earned his Ph.D. in mathematics in August 2016 from the University of South Florida working with Dr. Dmitry Khavinson. Matthew works on various problems in complex analysis. At Baylor, he plans to work with Dr. Brian Simanek and Dr. Conni Liaw.