Straube, a widely respected researcher in the field of several complex variables and partial differential equations and a 24-year veteran of the department, replaces Albert Boggess, who has served since 2002 as department head and will return to full-time teaching and research-related duties.
“The math department has made extraordinary progress in the past couple decades, and I believe that even in these difficult financial times, there are many exciting days ahead for Texas A&M mathematics,” Newton said. “I am confident Dr. Straube will be able to lead the department to the next level.”
Newton noted that Straube will provide consistent and capable direction for a department currently ranked 21st overall and 14th among public graduate programs in the most recent National Research Council rankings as well as No. 45 in the world by the Times Education Supplement, the United Kingdom’s leading higher education publication.
“These rankings confirm the department’s amazing rise in stature during the last 20 years,” Straube added. “This achievement is due to the hard work of our faculty, students and staff and to the leadership of my predecessors Bill Rundell and Al Boggess. It is, of course, also a success for the College of Science and Texas A&M University, which have provided the resources for us to be successful. I plan to continue on our path toward becoming a top 10 department among public institutions, in accordance with Vision 2020.”
Straube, a native of Switzerland, received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in 1983. He held postdoctoral appointments at the University of North Carolina, Indiana University and the University of Pittsburgh prior to being appointed as an assistant professor of mathematics at Texas A&M in 1987.
A decorated researcher and scholar, Straube’s research program has had substantial grant support from the National Science Foundation. He and co-author Harold Boas, fellow professor of mathematics at Texas A&M, shared the Bergman Prize awarded by the American Mathematical Society in 1995 for fundamental work in the study of the regularity properties of the Cauchy-Riemann equations and their consequences for biholomorphic mappings of domains defined in complex Euclidean space.
In addition, he was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2006, an honor extended to only the top five percent of mathematicians worldwide. Straube also has had visiting appointments to the prestigious Erwin Schrodinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics (ESI) in Vienna, and he won an Association of Former Students University Distinguished Achievement Award in Research in 1998. He currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications (JMAA).
For more information about Straube, visit http://www.math.tamu.edu/directory/formalpg.php?user=straube.
To learn more about the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics, go to http://www.math.tamu.edu.