Andreas Griewank joins Yachay Tech as inaugural Dean of the School of Information Sciences and Technology 22 May 2015

"Ecuador is in a promising phase in the development of higher education and applied research. My main objective will be to encourage Yachay Tech to combine mathematics and computer science with physics, chemistry and geology to develop methodologies and tools for Ecuadorian industries to improve the manufacturing and environmental management."

- Andreas Griewank, Ph.D

Andreas Griewank has agreed to join Yachay Tech in May and will take up the position as Dean of the School of Information Sciences and Technology permanently on October 1st.

Dr. Griewank, German and former director of the Institute of Mathematics at the Humboldt University of Berlin, studied mathematics, physics and economics. He earned his master's and Ph.D. in Computer Science at the Australian National University and conducted post-doctoral research with the support of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge in England.

Dr. Griewank served as a professor at Southern Methodist University in the United States. He was also a mathematician in the Mathematics and Computer Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory in the United States and Director of the Institute of Computer Science at the Technical University of Dresden in Germany. He completed a sabbatical year as a researcher at INRIA Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée center in France, and served as a professor and Director of the Institute of Mathematics at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Dr. Griewank is a global scientific expert referenced in the area of algorithmic differentiation, on which he wrote a book that was published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics of America (SIAM), the largest mathematical society in the world. Among the awards and scholarships he has won are the Evangelisches Studienwerkes Villigst Scholarship, Research Award for International Cooperation Max-Planck and the Charles Broyden award for distinguished scientific work in Methods of Optimization and Software.

As new dean he believes that Yachay Tech represents a significant intellectual investment for Ecuador. His first steps in the University consist of recruiting a group of professionals for the School as well as diminish the distance between mathematics and computing, which must be worked together with research and applied projects.

Yachay Tech Chancellor Daniel J. Larson, Ph.D., said: "Andreas Griewank is distinguished in the mathematic fields of numerical analysis, nonlinear optimization and differential equations. He will connect Yachay Tech with the best institutions in the world in mathematics and computer science in order to implement research projects that go from basic to applied mathematics."

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