Memorial Funds

These memorial funds were established with gifts from friends of the department in memory of former faculty and students and support students and student activities.

Dr. Alan Weiser Memorial Fund for Student Excellence
Alan Weiser

Alan Weiser was born on July 16, 1955 in Houston, Texas. He received a B.A. from Rice (1976) in Mathematical Sciences and Economics and a Ph.D. from Yale (1981) in Computer Science. He worked for Exxon Production Research Co. from 1981 to 1989. He was hired as a Research Associate in the Department of Mathematical Science, CITI/STC and CRPC, and worked under the direction of Dr. Mary Wheeler from October 1989 to September 1991. Alan was also appointed part-time lecturer and taught MASC 453 in Fall 1990.

The purpose of this fund is to support students studying computational and applied mathematics in the Brown School of Engineering. Support for student travel is the first preference. The secondary purpose is to provide funding to enhance the excellence of the overall student experience, as determined by the chair of the Department of Computational & Applied Mathematics and the dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering.

Alan Weiser Memorial Award Recipients






Brandon Alston

The INFORMS Optimization Society Conference in Greenville, SC, March 2022

Mixed Integer Linear Optimization Formulations for Learning Optimal Binary Classification Trees


Bochuan Lyu

The INFORMS Optimization Society Conference in Greenville, SC, March 2022

Modeling Disjunctive Constraints via Junction Trees


Mae Markowski

SIAM Uncertainty Quantification Conference in Atlanta, GA, April 2022

Newton-Type Methods for Risk-Averse PDE-Constrained Optimization Problems


Eric Antley

The XV International Conference on Stochastic Programming, Trondheim, Norway, July 29-August 2, 2019

A Value Function/Global Optimization Approach to Two-Stage Integer Programs with Stochastic Right-Hand Sides


Christopher Thiele

SPE Reservoir Simulation Conference, Galveston, TX, April 10-11, 2019

Distributed Parallel Hybrid CPU-GPGPU Implementation of the Phase-Field Method for Accelerated High-Accuracy Simulations of Pore-Scale Two-Phase Flow


Jonas Actor

2018 Conference on Sparse Grids and Applications, TUM Munich, July 23-27 2018

Exploiting Lipschitz Continuity for the Kolmogorov Superposition Theorem


Tayo Ajayi

International Symposium on Mathematical Programming, Bordeaux, July 1-6 2018

Assessing Parametrized Linear Programming Relaxations with Superadditive Duality


Maurice Fabien

15th Copper Mountain Conference on Iterative Methods, Copper Mountain, March 25-30 2018

Multigrid Methods for flows in porous media


Yabin Zhang

2018 Symposium of the International Association for Boundary Element Methods, Paris

An Efficient Adaptive Solution Technique for Periodic Stokes Flow


Boris Brimkov

2017 Meeting of the International Linear Algebra Society in Iowa on July 24-28 2017

Connected Zero Forcing


Jian Zhai

2017 Applied Inverse Problems conference in China, May 29-June 2 2017

Semiclassical Analysis of Elastic Surface Waves


Caleb Magruder

2016 SIAM Annual Meeting, Boston, July 11-15, 2016

Accelerating Newton's Method for Semilinear Parabolic Control Via Reduced-Order Modeling


Charles Puelz

2016 SIAM Life Sciences Meeting, Boston, July 11-14, 2016

One-Dimensional Model of Blood Flow Discretized with RKDG Methods


Arturo Vargas

2016 Conference on Spectral and High Order Methods, Rio de Janeiro, June 27-July 1, 2016

GPU Accelerated Hermite Methods for the Simulation of Waves


Rajesh Gandham

SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, March 13-18, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah

High Performance High Order Numerical Method for Tsunami Wave Propagation


David Medina

SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, March 13-18, 2015

OCCA: An Extensible Portability Layer for Many-Core ProgrammingA Unified Approach to Multi-Threading Languages


Timur Takhtaganov

SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, March 13-18, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Optimization Under Uncertainty: Application to Electrical Circuits


Jizhou Li

WCCM-ECCM-ECFD 2014 Congress, July 20-25, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain

High Order Approximations of Reservoir Flows


Yangyang Xu

SIAM Conference on Optimization in San Diego, May 19-22, 2014

Parallel Matrix Factorization for Low-Rank Tensor RecoveryPolynomial and Tensor Optimization: Algorithms, Theories, and Applications


John Arellano

2013 SIAM Annual Meeting, July 8-12, 2013, San Diego, CA

Branch Decomposition Techniques for Matroid Circuit Problem


Cynthia Wood

2013 INFORMS Annual Meeting, October 6-9, 2013, in Minneapolis, MN

The Minimal k-core Problem for Modeling K-Assemblies


Rami Nammour

SIAM Conference on Imaging Science (IS08), July 7-9, 2008 in San Diego, CA

Optimal Scaling of Prestack Migration (with Drs. William W. Symes and Eric Dussaud)


Josef Sifuentes

2008 SIAM Annual Meeting, July 7-11, 2008 in San Diego, CA

Preconditioning the Lippmann-Schwinger Equations for Scattering by Thin Structures (with Drs. Mark Embree and Shari Moskow)


Alex Mammonov

SIAM Conference on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations (PD07), December 10-12, 2007 in Meza, AR

Solving the Electrical Impedance Tomography Problem with Optimization Techniques


Ben McClosky

INFORMS Annual Meeting, November 2-7, 2007, in Seattle, WA

The Co-2-plex Polytope (with Dr. Illya V. Hicks)

A Computational Study of the Maximum Co-2-plex Problem (with Drs. Illya V. Hicks and Balabhaskar Balasundaram)


Kai Sun

IEEE/ACM 2007 Int'l Conference on Computer Aided Design (ICCAD '07), November 5-8, 2007

Parallel Domain Decomposition for Simulation of Large Scale Power Grids (with Dr.Danny C. Sorensen)

Jennifer Joyce Young Memorial Fund
Jennifer Joyce Young

Donations are used to support educational and outreach activities in the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics that were important to Jennifer Joyce, as determined by the chair of the department.

Jennifer's parents, Mike and Marina Joyce, are the generous donors who initiated the Jennifer Joyce Young Memorial Fund in CAAM to support CAAM outreach activities in which Jennifer was so deeply involved. These funds have been used to support the Worthing Rice Apprentice Program (WRAP) and the Summer Math Days. The WRAP challenges students from Worthing High School to learn by learning how the brain learns, and delivers a hands-on introduction and integration of mathematics, biology, electronics, and computer programming. The Summer Math Days started in 2009 and is a 3-4 day summer program for high school students entering grades 10-12. The next Summer Math Days are planned for 2017. While at Rice, Jennifer's contributions were instrumental in both activities. Jennifer was a Pfeiffer Postdoctoral Instructor (PPI) and the Jennifer Joyce Young Memorial Fund also provides travel funds to PPIs to give research talks at national conferences.


To donate to the Jennifer Joyce Young Memorial Fund in CAAM, send a check payable to Rice University to:

Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics
Rice University
6100 Main — MS 134
Houston, TX 77005

Include "Jennifer Joyce Young Memorial Fund" on the check.

Michael Pearlman Memorial Award
Michael Pearlman

Michael Pearlman, a 22-year member of the Rice community, passed away on Monday, August 13, 2001. Michael was the System Administrator for both the Departments of Computational and Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Besides his technical expertise, he was a revered individual whose technical knowledge and warm personality were an invaluable asset to the community.

In 2002, an endowment fund was established in Michael Pearlman's name through the generous gifts of many people who knew and loved him. A multi-departmental committee decided to establish The Michael Pearlman Memorial Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize graduate students, staff and faculty at Rice for their extraordinary service and contributions in improving the infrastructure and general support for the Rice computational engineering research and education missions.


For those wishing to donate money to this fund in honor of Michael Pearlman's memory, please make checks payable to Rice University and designate "Michael Pearlman Memorial Fund."

Please send checks to:

Pearlman Memorial Fund
Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics
Rice University
6100 Main St - MS 134
Houston, TX 77005