Gerard Awanou

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    College: Liberal Arts and Sciences Department: Math, Statistics, and Computer Science
    Title: Professor
    Office: 1221 SEO Phone: (312)-413-21
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My research interests are in the numerical analysis of partial differential equations. I design and analyze algorithms for applications in science and engineering. More information is available on my website

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 4

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Students should have taken a class at the level of MATH 220: Differential equations.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The design of lenses and mirrors, in free form i.e. with no a priori symmetry assumption, has a long list of applications including materials processing, energy concentrators, medicine, antennas, computing lithography, laser weapons, optical data storage, imaging etc.

    In this project, the student will contribute to the design of lenses and mirrors in one dimension, for a specific approach to solve the relevant differential equations, illustrating the potential difficulties in higher dimensions. The work could include programmation in MATLAB.

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