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Chauvenet Prize for Penn Mathematics, Second Year in a Row
November 30, 2012
This is the second year in a row in which faculty of the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn have been awarded this prize. The 2012 Chauvenet Prize was received by College Dean and Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor and Professor of Mathematics Dennis DeTurck; Professor of Mathematics Herman Gluck; and alumni Daniel Pomerleano, C’06, and Shea Vela-Vick, GR’09; for their article “The Four Vertex Theorem and Its Converse,” published in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, Vol. 54, No. 2 (2007).
Ghrist has produced a widely influential body of work that applies mathematical methods to real-world engineering challenges, especially in robotics and wireless sensor networks. He specializes in topology, a branch of mathematics that provides tools to visualize abstract spaces, such as finding gaps in a security network or automating robotic movement across a factory floor.
Ghrist’s other honors include a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. In 2007 he was named by Scientific American as one of 50 top scientific innovators.