Vol. 19, No. 33

June 8, 2000

Math chairperson named associate dean of A&S

Pamela Cook, chairperson of mathematics, has been named associate dean for planning and research for the College of Arts and Science beginning later this summer, Dean Thomas M. DiLorenzo has announced.

"Dr. Cook has done a marvelous job as chairperson of the Department of Mathematical Sciences," DiLorenzo said. "As an associate dean, she will be encouraging and coordinating research among our faculty and helping departments establish their goals. This is an academic position so that Pam can continue her research in mathematics at the same time," DiLorenzo said.

"I have enjoyed working with and supporting the mathematics department and am looking forward to working on a broader scale with the faculty of the College of Arts and Science," Cook said.

Joining the UD Department of Mathematical Sciences in 1983 after 10 years on the faculty at the University of California at Los Angeles, Cook served as interim chairperson in 1991-92 and as chairperson since 1992. During her tenure, she said her priorities have been to strengthen the research and graduate program of the department, to support the program involved in industrial applied mathematics and to streamline the undergraduate program while working more closely with the College of Engineering.

Cook is a graduate of the University of Rochester, has a doctorate from Cornell University and was a NATO postdoctoral scholar at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She was been a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland.

Her current research is in transonic aerodynamics (flight near the speed of sound) and the flow of viscoelastic fluids (polymers).

She is the author with J. Cole of Transonic Aerodynamics, which has been translated into Russian, and served as the editor of Transonic Aerodynamics: Problems in Asymptotic Theory, and as coeditor of Mathematics is for Solving Problems. She has twice been elected to the council of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

— Sue Moncure