Jonathan Hauenstein, an associate professor in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics (ACMS), has received a three-year, $510,000 award from the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program. The award, which includes funding for a postdoctoral associate and graduate students, will support the development of new algorithms and writing software that implements these algorithms for solving nonlinear systems arising from problems in optimization.
The Navy could use the results, which depend on large-scale computing power, to optimize resource allocation, deploy personnel effectively, and design platforms and equipment with minimal cost and maximum efficiency.
Hauenstein, who earned his Ph.D. in mathematics at Notre Dame in 2009 with advisor Andrew Sommese, now chair of ACMS, conducted postdoctoral work at the Fields Institute in Toronto, Texas A&M University, and Institut Mittag–Leffler in Sweden after he graduated from Notre Dame. He was an assistant professor at N.C. State University and a visiting scientist at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing in Berkeley, Calif., before he returned to Notre Dame in 2014.
“Through these different stops, I was exposed to a wide variety of nonlinear problems which led to the development of new approaches and new algorithms,” says Hauenstein, who is combining his foundation in optimization developed during his master’s degree at Miami University in Ohio and his ongoing research in designing algorithms for solving nonlinear systems. He received a DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2013, a Sloan Research Fellowship in 2014, and an Army Research Office Young Investigator Award in 2015.