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January 10, 2009

Dr. Worku Tamrie Bitew Joins Farmingdale State

Mathematics Department Welcomes New Assistant Professor

Dr. Worku Bitew
Dr. Worku Bitew
Dr. Worku Tamrie Bitew has received an appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Farmingdale State College. Dr. Bitew's research interests are in the area of calculus of variations, a field of mathematics that grew out of geodesics or the science of measuring the size and shape of the Earth. During the fall semester, he is offering courses in Statistics and Linear Algebra.

Bitew's other research interests include the Optimal Control Theory, numerical analysis of the Finite Element Method (FEM), and phase boundaries. His paper "Partial Hypoellipticity of Differential Operators" will appear in the proceedings of the Sixth International Society for Analysis, its Applications and Computation (ISAAC) Congress. He also has an article on higher regularity of uniform local minimizers in calculus of variations, co-authored with his dissertation advisor Yury Grabovsky (PhD, New York University), under consideration for publication. He is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Mathematical Society.

Bitew received his PhD in Mathematics from Temple University in 2008. At Temple, he taught mathematics at the Russell Conwell Educational Services Center's Summer Bridge Program and served as instructor and a teaching assistant for Calculus, Linear Algebra, and Discrete Mathematics. While a resident of Philadelphia, PA, Bitew volunteered for the Temple Partnership Schools Program, a program dedicated to improving educational opportunities for local public school children.

Prior to receiving his doctorate, Bitew studied at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, where he earned a Post-Graduate Diploma in Mathematics. Bitew holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.