Randall Swift, professor of mathematics and statistics, will receive the 2011-12 Ralph W. Ames Distinguished Research Award from the College of Science. The award honors Swift for his outstanding research in both pure and applied mathematics, and his contributions to the mathematics field as a speaker, journal editor and principal investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Security Agency and the California State Board of Education.
The chairs of each department in the College of Science nominate a faculty member for the annual award. The achievement will be formally presented at the college’s commencement ceremony on June 10. In addition, Swift will present a seminar on his research to the university community in the fall.
Over the course of his 20-year career, Swift has authored more than 80 journal articles, three research monographs and three textbooks. His published works are in the areas of mathematical epidemiology, mathematical modeling of biological, natural and social phenomena, birth-death processes, probability theory, harmonizable processes and fields, nonstationary processes, functional analysis, differential equations, queueing theory, game theory, and biographical/historical mathematics.