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Leading figure in computational mathematics to visit NMSU

Mathematician Rekha Thomas of the University of Washington will present a public lecture on the theory of optimization, "The Traveling Salesman Problem," at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1, in Science Hall Room 107 at New Mexico State University.


sentation is part of the fall 2004 Visiting Professor Program sponsored by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program at NMSU. The NSF ADVANCE Program supports women faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Thomas is a leading figure in operations research, computational commutative algebra, computational algebraic geometry, polyhedral geometry and combinatorics. During the week of Nov. 1 she will deliver lectures at various levels and interact with faculty and students at NMSU.

Her other appearances include:

-- 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, a lecture for scientists and engineers on Polynomial Systems: Applications and Solutions, in Science Hall 107.

-- 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, a mathematics colloquium on Lattice Point Free Polytropes in Integer Programming, in Science Hall 106.

For more information contact the NSF ADVANCE office at (505) 646-2583 or pamhunt@nmsu.edu or visit http://www.nmsu.edu/%7Eadvprog/visiting.html#rekha.