Professor Cook Elected Fellow of the AAAS
L. Pamela Cook-Ioannidis, professor of mathematical sciences and associate dean of engineering at the University of Delaware, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The award will be officially made at the AAAS annual meeting in February.
Prof. Cook was specifically recognized for her "significant contributions to the mathematics of fluids (compressible and viscoelastic) and to the profession, particularly in proactive service and leadership within SIAM," the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. She is currently SIAM's vice president for publications, formerly was editor-in-chief of a SIAM's Journal on Applied Mathematics (SIAP) and is an inaugural fellow of the society. She also served on the SIAM council, and is currently an associate editor on SIAP. Prof. Cook's research focuses on mathematical modeling of fluid mechanics, with a current emphasis on complex fluids — such as those used in shampoos and others that don't behave like water. She is conducting research on surfactants, or fluids that can act as detergents or dispersants.
At UD, she served as chairperson of the Department of Mathematical Sciences for nine years and chaired the University's Commission on the Status of Women for six years. She is currently a faculty scholar with the College of Arts and Sciences' Center for the Study of Diversity. She is very interested in improving the recruitment and retention of women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), especially at the faculty and graduate student level.
She has also received the 2012 University Change Agent Award from the Women Engineers ProActive Network. Congratulations to Prof. Cook!
(This article is based on the UDaily announcement of the award by Ann Manser, 10 December 2012.)