Kerry Landman recognised for contribution to applied mathematics

19 February 2014

Professor Kerry Landman from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics has been awarded the 2014 Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ANZIAM) medal in recognition of her significant contribution to the field.

Presented by ANZIAM, a division of the Australian Mathematical Society, the medal rewards recipients for their research achievements, activities in enhancing applied or industrial mathematics and contributions to ANZIAM.

The 2014 Medal is the 10th awarded since its inception in 1995.

Professor Landman said she was honoured to receive the award.

“I thank my colleagues, research and postdoctoral students as well as the University for providing me with many opportunities,” she said.

Professor Landman is an applied mathematician committed to cross-disciplinary research. Her interest in mathematical modelling is used to gain a better understanding of a wide range of topics in the industrial, environmental, biological and medical areas, like the shape changes of blood to the design of windscreen wipers.

Since 2003, Professor Landman’s research group in mathematical biology has been developing theoretical models that can be applied to developmental biology and tissue engineering. She also collaborates with several experimental laboratories, one of which is the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, where she is working with developmental biologist Dr Don Newgreen on the development of the nervous system of the intestine.

Professor Landman received a PhD in mathematics from the University of Melbourne. Before joining the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, she was the Director of Mathematics-in-Industry Study Group (1993-1997), where she led in raising the profile of the mathematics profession and communicating the use of mathematics to business, industry and the wider community.

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