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 is also an affiliated with the Data Science Institute (DSI). He chaired the Applied Mathematics Program Committee from 2014-2020 and served in DSI as a co-Chair of the Center for Foundations of Data Science from 2017-2019. Currently he also serves as a co-Chair of the Center for Computing Systems for Data-Driven Science.
Dr.Du earned Ph.D. in Mathematics (1988) from Carnegie Mellon University. He then worked as a Dickson Instructor at University of Chicago, after which he has held tenured and visiting faculty positions at a few insitutions in US and Hong Kong. Most recently he was the Verne M. Willaman Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State University, before joining Columbia in 2014. Recognitions for Dr. Du’s work include Frame Faculty Teaching Award (1992), Liberal Arts and Sciences Award for outreach/extension (2000), Feng Kang prize in scientific computing (2005), Eberly College of Science Medal (2007), SIAM (Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Outstanding Paper prize (2016), ACM Gordon Bell Prize finalist (2016), SIAM Review SIGEST Award (2020), and US Association of Computational Mechanics (USACM) Thomas J.R. Hughes Medal (2021). He was also an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM 2018). He was selected as a fellow (class of 2013) of SIAM and a fellow (class of 2020) of AMS (American Mathematics Society) for contributions to applied and computational mathematics with applications in materials science, computational geometry, and biology. In 2017, he was elected as a fellow of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) for his distinguished contributions to the field of applied and computational mathematics, particularly for theoretical analysis and numerical simulations of mathematical models in various applications.
Dr.Du is a founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Diamond-Open-Access journal Communications of the American Mathematical Society (2020-), and the Editor-in-Chief of SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics (2021-, after serving as a Section Editor and an associated editor). He also serves on the editorial board of SIAM Journal of Numerical Analysis (since 2003), Mathematics of Computation (since 2016) and more than a dozen other international journals. He was elected as the Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (2014-2016). He also served as a representative to the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, the National Academies (2015-2019).
Dr.Du’s research interests are in numerical analysis, mathematical modeling and scientific computation with selected applications in physical, biological, and materials sciences, as well as data and information sciences and machine learning.