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Dr. Margaret Cheney begins term as the Albert C. Yates Chair in Mathematics

Dr. Margaret Cheney joined the Department of Mathematics this fall semester as a full Professor, filling the Albert C. Yates Chair position in Mathematics. Dr. Cheney received her PhD in Mathematics from the Indiana University, Bloomington. Her supervisor was Prof. Roger G. Newton, Distinguished Professor of Physics. Dr. Cheney is a world leader and expert in the field of inverse problems, with research in radar imaging, impedance imaging, and inverse scattering theory.

Dr. Cheney's first faculty appointment was an Assistant Professorship at Duke University, 1984—1988. She was also a long-term visitor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences from 1987-88. In 1988 she began her appointment at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, where she stayed until 2012. During that time, Dr. Cheney received an impressive number of honors and awards, with an extensive publication record which includes one textbooks, book chapters in an additional 4 books, 67 referred journals, 70 reports, conference proceeding, and popular articles, and another 31 abstracts, letters of correspondence, and book reviews. Dr. Cheney has received 4 patents and 30 approved and funded research grants and contracts, totaling approximately $7,350,000. In addition, Dr. Cheney has provided professional advice to a number of Government Agencies and Universities nationally and internationally. Dr. Cheney is an internationally known speaker and has organized an extensive number of workshops, mini-symposiums, and conferences. Dr. Cheney is a Fellow of SIAM and of the Institute of Physics, previously serving on the SIAM Board of Trustees and continues to serve on a number of SIAM committees. She has also served as Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, and was one of the initial editors for both the SIAM Journal on Imaging Science and for Inverse Problems and Imaging. Known by her colleagues as a prolific writer of mathematics, she currently serves on the editorial boards for two journals: the IoP journal Inverse Problems and the AIMS journal Inverse Problems and Imaging.

Dr. Cheney's outside interests center around living an active lifestyle, including biking to work, hiking, in-line skating, tennis, while her true passion is competitive springboard diving. An alumna at Oberlin College, she was a diving standout and a Hall of Fame recipient in 2011. Dr. Cheney has continued to dive at a competitive level, winning numerous U.S. Masters Championships in the women's 50-54 and 55-59 divisions. She also won the 3-meter event at the FINA World Championships in 2006. Dr. Cheney and her husband, Kevin Aldrich, are enjoying the adventure of relocating to Fort Collins. Stop by Dr. Cheney's office in WB 203 and welcome both of them to the Fort Collins community and CSU campus.

Established in 2003 through a gift from the Bohemian Foundation, the Yates Chair recognizes the distinguished academic career of Colorado State University's 12th president, Dr. Albert C. Yates.

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