Visiting Professor of Mathematics
Education: BA/MA Milan University, Italy; PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Research Areas: Fluid mechanics, Elasticity, Partial Differential Equations, Inverse Problems
Anna Mazzucato is an applied mathematician working on fluids mechanics and elasticity. Her research interests focus on understanding complex phenomena in continuum mechanics, in particular, boundary layers and turbulence, mixing, elasticity in anisotropic, composite materials, using partial differential equations. She is also interested in inverse problems, in particular, remote sensing in elastic materials with applications to seismology and geophysics. She has recently completed an article, together with Giovanni Alberti (Pisa) and Gianluca Crippa (Basel), on optimal mixing in incompressible flows, published in Journal of the American Mathematical Society, one of the two top-rated journals in mathematics. She has also completed a paper with Elena Beretta (NYUAD) and Andrea Aspri (Linz) on determining faults from GPS data, published in Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, a top-rated applied mathematics journal.
Mazzucato earned her Bachelor/Master's degree in Physics at Milan University, under the direction of Paolo Cotta Ramusino, and subsequently earned a PhD in Mathematics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, under the direction of Michael Taylor. She was a Gibbs Instructor at Yale University, and a postdoctoral Fellow at MSRI and the IMA, before joining Penn State University in 2003. She is currently a Full Professor and Distinguished Senior Scholar in the Department of Mathematics. She was awarded the 2011 Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize in Mathematics from the Association for Women in Mathematics and Cornell University; She has served on several committees for AMS and SIAM, in particular, she was a member of the AMS Council and served as Secretary for the SIAM Activity Group on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations. She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Nonlinearity, Physica D, SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis, and will join the Board of SIAM Multiscale Modeling and Simulations in 2020.
Mazzucato is currently funded and has been for over 15 years by the US National Science Foundation. She has also received support from the US Office of Naval Research.