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Center for the Study of Complex Systems Director Charlie Doering has been named the Nicholas D. Kazarinoff Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Mathematics and Physics by the University of Michigan Board of Regents. Nicholas D. Kazarinoff was a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan and later became Chair of the Mathematics Department at SUNY Buffalo. Professor Kazarinoff’s main research interests were dynamical systems and partial differential equations. In addition to numerous research publications, Professor Kazarinoff was the author of three well-regarded books, Analytic Inequalities (Holt, 1961), Geometric Inequalities (Random House, 1961) and Ruler and the Round (Prindle, Weber, Schmidt, 1970).
Charlie Doering joined the University of Michigan in 1996 as Professor of Mathematics. He is now Professor of Mathematics, Physics, and Complex Systems. He was appointed Director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems (CSCS) in July 2015. Professor Doering received his Doctorate in Mathematical Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He has also held positions at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Clarkson University.
Professor Doering’s research is focused on the analysis of mathematical models with the aim of extracting reliable, rigorous, and useful predictions. These models range from stochastic, dynamical systems arising in biology, chemistry, and physics to systems of nonlinear partial differential equations such as those that (ostensibly) describe turbulent fluid flows. The techniques employed range from the development of exact solutions to the application of modern mathematical methods including rigorous estimation, careful numerical computations and simulations, and the use of abstract functional and probabilistic analysis—often a combination of all three approaches. Among other recognitions, Professor Doering has received the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and, in 2014, was named a Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics.