Recording of Meet a Mathematician with Richard Tapia

This is a recording of a live-streamed event that took place on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Appropriate for all ages.

Did you ever wonder what a mathematician does all day?  Or what made someone decide to become a mathematician?  Or even, what a mathematician does for fun?  You may be surprised by some of the answers!  Join host Alex Kontorovich as we bring diverse and talented guests to the MoMath stage to share their experiences, their stories, and their love of mathematics.

In February 2021, we met Professor Richard Tapia, the Maxfield and Oshman Professor of Engineering and Mathematics at Rice University; his research spans a wide variety of areas in optimization and numerical analysis.  Among many other awards and honors, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Bill Clinton, and the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama.  Professor Tapia has been a tireless champion of higher education, encouraging generations of students from all backgrounds to pursue careers in STEM.

Hosted by MoMath’s 2020-2021 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Public Dissemination of Mathematics and Rutgers Math Professor Alex Kontorovich.

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Pictured: Alex Kontorovich (left) and Richard Tapia (right).

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