American University of Beirut

Nou breekt mijn klomp: 40 years in Computational Mathematics



Margot Gerritsen, born in the Netherlands, is a professor in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University in California. Her focus is on computer simulations and the mathematical analysis of engineering and natural processes. Her main interests include sustainability and renewable and fossil energy production. In addition, she is involved in coastal ocean dynamics, yacht design, as well as several areas of computational mathematics including search algorithms and matrix computations. Her most recent research projects include traffic congestion and emission simulation and mitigation, and wildland fire prediction and mitigation. As co-founder and Co-Director of Women in Data Science and chair of the board of SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics), she aims to inspire and encourage girls and women in computational mathematics and data science.

About the talk

"Nou breekt mijn klomp" is a Dutch expression that means "What just happened?", expressing a surprise at a sudden event or development. That has been the speaker’s response multiple times in the last 40 years in STEM. In this webinar, Prof. Gerritsen will share some of these klomp moments in computational mathematics and in particular, data science.​

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