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Remembering Karl Menger Lecture and Awards 2014


The Menger Lecture is cancelled due to illness. The poster contest and presentation of the various awards (Menger student, Outstanding TA and Buck McMorris summer stipend) will still take place.


Applied Mathematics Department Annual Poster Contest and Presentation of Student Awards
Monday, March 31, 2014 in the MTCC Ballroom

4:15 pm - Reception and Viewing of posters

4:40 pm - Presentation of Awards

  • IIT Karl Menger Award for Exceptional Scholarship by a student
  • Department Teaching Assistant Award
  • “Buck” McMorris Summer Stipend Award
  • Applied Mathematics Poster Contest Awards
  • Math Contest Awards

Please plan to join us!




The Department of Applied Mathematics at IIT will host Andrea Bertozzi of the University of California Los Angeles, as the 2014 Karl Menger Lecturer. The event, part of the eighth annual Karl Menger Lecture and Awards, will be held March 31-April 1 on the Illinois Institute of Technology Main Campus. Professor Bertozzi's lecture is titled "Mathematics of Crime."


Schedule of Events

Monday, March 31, 2014

Events will take place in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center (MTCC)

12:45-1:40 pm - Math Club Meeting

Professor Andrea Bertozzi will give a talk: "Mathematics in the Real World"
All alumni are welcome. Light lunch provided.

2:00 pm - Memories of IIT

Join in as alumni and friends tell their stories of IIT & Professor Karl Menger.

2:50 pm - Poster Session

Viewing of Student Research Posters. Light refreshments available.

3:15-4:15 pm - Menger Lecture, McCloska Auditorium, MTCC


4:15-4:25 pm - Presentation of Awards

Presentation of the IIT Karl Menger Student Award for Exceptional Scholarship by a Student and the Applied Math poster competition winners.

4:25 pm - Reception, McCloska Ballroom, MTCC

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Professor Bertozzi will meet with students and faculty.

11:25 am - Research Seminar: "The Ginzburg - Landau Functional and Threshold Dynamics on Graphs for Large Data Analysis." Location: Wishnick Hall, Room 116.

12:30 pm - Lunch Provided

4:40 - 5:30 pm - Discussion: "How to Be a Successful Applied Mathematician" with the SIAM student chapter.  Location: Engineering 1, Room 119.

Made possible with the generous support of the Menger family; Department of Applied Mathematics, Illinois Institute of Technology; the Menger Fund; and Alumni Relations.


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More About Karl Menger

Karl Menger was a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at IIT from 1946-1971, and influenced many students, fellow faculty members, and friends during his lifetime.  Regarded as one of the finest mathematicians of the 20th century, he made significant contributions to the fields of dimension theory, probability, economics, ethics, geometry, and calculus.

Further Reading

Biography of Karl Menger, compiled by Professor Greg Fasshauer at IIT.

Calculus: A Modern Approach, Menger's Calculus textbook.

Selecta Mathematica, Vol 1 & 2, a compilation of Menger's major mathematical papers.

Unexplored Dimensions: Karl Menger on Economics and Philosophy, a collection of Menger's papers while at the University of Vienna.