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new for upcoming fall 2018


In Fall 2018, we welcome Drs. Saqib Hussain and Norma Saikali for the Department of Mathematics and Physics. Dr. Hussain graduated with a Ph.D. in Applied Science (Computational Science Track) from University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR 72204 in May 2018. Dr. Hussain’s thesis was based on “the study of second order elliptic equations with mixed boundary conditions using weak Galerkin finite element method and established the error estimates and developed the MATLAB code to verify theoretical results.” Dr. Saikali comes from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 after receiving a Ph.D. in August 2018 for her dissertation titled “Ehrhart Theory on Normal Affine Semigroup Rings and its Application to Hilbert-Kunz Functions.” The Department wishes them best in their future endeavors in succeeding as mathematics faculty in the University.

Additionally, Drs. Runchang Lin and Hongwei Wang are congratulated for their promotions this year. Dr. Lin is promoted to full professor, and whereas, Dr. Wang is promoted to be an assistant professor of mathematics.


                                                                 Dr. Qingwen Ni selected as  University Scholar of the Year (SOY)

        Dr.Qingwen Ni

Congratulations on the selection of Dr. Qingwen Ni as this years' University Scholar of the Year (SOY). Dr. Ni thoroughly deserves this recognition for his work as a faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Physics. We have witnessed how he has constantly guided students either in their coursework or research projects, including honors projects, over the years. He has brought funding and equipment for the University through his funded grants. Dr. Ni has more than twenty years of experience in NMR research and development. He has applied and developed NMR techniques and computational analysis methodology for bone related research and for other material research. Dr. Ni has published about 23 peer reviewed papers including a book chapter.  He holds about 7 U.S. and international patents. He has received three (3) NSF Major Research Instrument Grant awards (two as PI and one as Co-PI), and these have given TAMIU a complete NMR spectrometer-low field NMR, a high field NMR, and a high field NMR with solid state probe.  He has also been nominated for the SOY of the University in 2009.


                                                                 Grants Awarded to DMPS Faculty


National Natural Science Foundation of China, Grant #11428103. PI: R.Lin; Co-PI: Q. Zou. Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2016, CN ¥200,000
National Science Foundation, DMS #1217268. PI: R. Lin. Sep. 2012 - Aug. 2016, USD $159,357

Rohitha Goonatilake, Katie D. Lewis, and Runchang Lin, (DUE 1339993) Robert Noyce Mathematics Teacher Scholarship Program (TAMIU-NMTSP) from January 1, 2014 and expires December 31, 2018 for $1,199,971.00 awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

David Milovich, Real-Time Frequency-Selective Fading Channel Realization Generator, 2015-2016, $42,356, subcontract with Welkin Sciences for project funded by Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

The National Science Foundation MRI (Major Research Instrument) project entitled: "Acquisition of a Solids Probe for a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer to Enhance Research and Training at Texas A&M International University," is under the direction of Qingwen Ni, Hari D. Mandal, Alfred K. Addo-Mensah. This award grand (NSF 1530827) of $59.840 starts September 1, 2015 and ends August 31, 2018.


                                                                  Creation of the School of Engineering


The former Department of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics (EMAP) has been split to create the School of Engineering (SOEN) and the Department of Mathematics and Physics (DMPS) effective Spring 2015.

Department of Mathematics and Physics (DMPS) -
School of Engineering (SOEN) -

Dr. Rohitha Goonatilake (e-mail: will continue as a department chair, heading up the Department of Mathematics and Physics. Dr. Guillermo C. Dominguez (e-mail: is the Director of the School of Engineering.


                                                                  MS in Mathematics - Applied Statistics Track


Development of the MS in Mathematics-Applied Statistics track has taken place this summer. Several students have already enrolled in the courses for this upcoming Fall semester. With the rapidly increasing needs for dealing with big data, students can choose a combination of courses from both mathematics and applied statistics that can be strategically aligned to their background and career goals. Our small class sizes provide close personal attention from our active research-oriented faculty members. Graduates can pursue job opportunities such as actuaries, statisticians, or teachers in secondary schools or two-year colleges. Graduates can also transition to doctoral programs elsewhere.


                                                                  Online Astronomy Courses

NEWS NEWS                                                                     

Effective Fall 2016, both the Astronomy course and its corresponding laboratory will be offered online. The pilot project conducted for the Astronomy lab offered this summer has been a success. Both Dr. Juan H. Hinojosa and Mr. Peter S. Davis are commended for undertaking the online delivery of the course and the lab, respectively. This is the first time a science course sequence is offered online at TAMIU to accommodate time constraints faced by students taking on the dual role of parent and employee.


                                                 Feng pursues Doctoral degree at University of Alabama


Mr. Hongsong Feng, a recent graduate from the MS in Mathematics program, has been admitted by the Ph.D. in Mathematics program of University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and will start the program in fall 2016. Mr. Feng has been working in numerical approximation of a nerve conduction differential equation under the supervision of Dr. Runchang Lin. One joint paper by them has been published in the Journal of Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete and Impulsive Systems-Series B.


                                                 Dr. Lin to visit the Center for Computation & Technology at LSU


Dr. Runchang Lin will visit the Center for Computation & Technology at Louisiana State University in Fall 2016, during his Faculty Development Leave. He will work with Dr. Susanne Brenner and her team in a project on singularly perturbed fourth order problems. These problems are from the optimal control theory and have very important applications in science and engineering. Dr. Lin’s research evolves on investigating numerical and computational mathematics, in particular, perturbation problems.


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