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Blake Barker awarded NSF Postdoc

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Blake Barker

Recent IU Ph.D. Blake Barker has been awarded a Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation to do research at Brown University with sponsoring scientist Professor Bjorn Sandstede, a top expert in dynamical systems, PDE, pattern formation, and related computational and numerical issues. This Fellowship provides 24 months of funding for Barker to do full-time research of his own choice.   Barker’s plan includes rigorous numerical verification of stability of shocks and patterns and stability of contact defects in periodic patterns, a degenerate case that has up to now resisted nonlinear analysis. 

Barker’s success was due in part to the earlier award of a COAS Dissertation Year Fellowship which allowed him focus time for his dissertation during the academic year 2013-2014.   Barker’s Ph.D. was directed by Professor (and outgoing Chair) Kevin Zumbrun.  Barker successfully defended his thesis in June of 2014.  

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