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July 17, 2002
NIU Professor Biswa Datta elected
DeKalb, Ill.- Northern Illinois University's Biswa Datta, a professor of
mathematics, has been elected as an academician of the Academy of Nonlinear
The Academy of Nonlinear Sciences (ANS) is an international organization
headquartered in Moscow. Members are recognized for their leadership and
outstanding contributions in mathematics, mechanics, control theory and
modeling. There are only about 200 members of the Academy worldwide.
Datta, a resident of Geneva, traveled to Moscow for his induction and
presented a one-hour plenary address at a meeting sponsored by the ANS and
International Federation on Nonlinear Analysis (IFNA). During his trip to
Russia, Datta also delivered invited talks at the Summer School for Young
Russian Scientists, Rostov State University and St. Petersburg State
University. His wife, NIU Professor Karabi Datta, also presented an invited
lecture at Rostov State University.
Biswa Datta is scheduled to deliver six more major invited talks this
summer and fall at international conferences in China, Mongolia, Poland and
Brazil. Last year, Datta was named an NIU Presidential Research Professor,
a distinction given to the university's top researchers. His mathematical
and computational techniques aim at improving performance and design safety
in autos, aircraft, bridges, buildings and highways.
"I work on problems whose solutions are readily applicable to real-life
control-and-vibration engineering design and analysis," Datta said. "So I
get motivated by the fact that my research will contribute not only to the
advancement of science, but also to technological and industrial
Datta is a consultant to such firms as Boeing Company and Wolfram
Research Inc., the world's leading technical software company. He has
served as a distinguished visiting professor and research scientist at
major universities and research laboratories worldwide.