Pitt Student Marina Moraiti Wins SIAM Research Prize
SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, presents a prize every year for the best research paper in mathematics by (authored by or co-authored by) a PhD student in mathematics in all areas covered by SIAM journals. This prize is awarded based on a worldwide competition and is quite prestigious. Marina Moraiti, a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics, is one of the winners for 2012 for her paper: "On the Quasistatic Approximation in the Stokes-Darcy Model of Groundwater-Surface Water Flows."
Marina is PhD student studying the numerical analysis of fluid flow problems. The computational fluid dynamics (CFD) group in the math department has a history of excellence in development of PhD students. Marina will be the third student in CFD to win this international award- a record that no other research group in the world has matched. Previous winners include Traian Iliescu, now professor at VPI, and Carolina Manica, a professor in Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil. Several other students from the group, while not winning, have been cited for honors in the competition. Many PhD students from the CFD group have gone on top stellar research careers in PhD granting departments in research universities, national labs and industry.