2002 › Roland Glowinski
24th Farfel Recipient
Department of Mathematics
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
As a child growing up amidst the chaos
of World War II, Roland Glowinski demonstrated at an early age an
interest and talent in mathematics and science. Eventually, this
talent would establish him as one of the worlds leading researchers
in applied mathematics and scientific computing.
According to Glowinski, Life is
about change. And since his arrival seventeen years ago at
the University of Houston, the most gratifying change has been to
see the universitys transformation into a quality urban research
university. That is why I came to Houston, he says.
When I was in France and the opportunity to teach in America
came about, I pursued it. Since his arrival, Glowinski was
elected to the French National Academy of Technology, which is equivalent
to the National Academy of Engineering in the U.S. In 1999, he was
inducted as a chevalier in the Légion dHonneur of France,
the French equivalent to knighthood.
Aside from his numerous honors, Glowinski,
a specialist of computational methods for the solution of problems,
considers his career to be one of his greatest rewards. Presently,
his research focuses on the bioengineering and biomechanics problems
relating to blood flow circulation and applying mathematical and
computational methods in the design of a new class of heart valves
and to cases related to the petroleum industry.
Outside of such projects, UH students
keep him busy. He hopes to impart some of the wisdom that has earned
him international accolades to the many talented students that he
teaches from semester to semester. We have many outstanding
students from all over the world, Glowinski boasts. Some
of the students are truly gifted and may soon become valuable colleagues.
In addition to his position at UH, he
maintains academic status at the Université Pierre et Marie
Curie and serves as an advisor to numerous scientific institutions
and agencies on both sides of the Atlantic. During the course of
his career, he has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific
articles, six books, and served as editor for more than twenty scientific
reviews and anthologies.