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05-14-2015

Kathleen Fowler Promoted to Full Professor at Clarkson University

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Kathleen R. Fowler has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of mathematics in the School of Arts & Sciences. Promotion to professor is considered to be virtually the highest honor that a university can bestow upon its faculty.

Kathleen R. FowlerKatie Fowler joined the Department of Mathematics at Clarkson University in the fall of 2003. Her efforts as a mathematician are split between the scientific community and service to the campus and local communities.

Her research area is in applied optimization with an emphasis on developing hybrid derivative-free techniques for simulation-based engineering problems.

Fowler has worked on a variety of interdisciplinary projects in the areas of hydrology, polymer processing, and physiology. Her work on sustainable agricultural water management practices for berry farmers in the Pajaro Valley of California was highlighted on PBS News Hour via a National Science Foundation video.

She is an active member in the scientific community -- publishing in mathematics and engineering journals, organizing three mathematics conferences/workshops, giving more than 64 talks, and organizing nine mini-symposiums at national and international conferences, since coming to Clarkson.

Fowler is a member of the Society and Industrial Applied Mathematics (SIAM) education committee, the chair of the Association for Women in Mathematics student chapters committee, and a member of the American Institute for Mathematics human resources diversity board.

On campus, she teaches large sections of the calculus sequence and has developed a graduate course on applied optimization. In 2010, she was awarded a national teaching award, the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty member, by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). Only two are awarded annually across the country. In 2014 she was selected to co-author the national report Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Math Modeling Education (GAIMME) and also contributed a chapter to the Undergraduate Programs and Courses in the Mathematical Sciences: CUPM Curriculum Guide, published by the MAA.

Fowler has been part of a variety of educational outreach activities since joining the Potsdam community. In particular, she has been a co-director for the national middle school MATHCOUNTS competition, as well as an organizer of the annual Pi Day celebration, which hosted more than 300 local students last year. She is the director of the New York State Education IMPETUS for Career Success program, which includes a mathematics-physics roller coaster summer camp for local middle and high school students.

She has taught 14 professional development institutes about applied mathematics to local teachers and has co-authored a book to assist teachers and students in mathematical modeling. She is a judge for the SIAM Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, in addition to serving on the problem development committee, and in 2013 she co-wrote the competition problem, "Waste Not, Want Not: Putting Recyclables in Their Place." More than 5,000 students participated and sought solutions to tackling the issue of growing landfills and lack of recycling participation.

Fowler received her bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from SUNY Plattsburgh and her master of science and Ph.D. in computational applied mathematics from North Carolina State University.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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