Undergraduate Math Society

Title: Shape Optimization: From Soap Films to Acoustics
Speaker: Robin Neumayer
Speaker Info: Carnegie-Mellon University
Brief Description:
Special Note:

The task of optimizing an object's shape to make it the most efficient, least costly, or most streamlined arises in nature as well as across engineering and design fields. For instance, due to surface tension, soap bubbles take the shape with the least surface area among all possible shapes enclosing a fixed amount of air — a sphere! We will introduce the mathematical study of so-called “shape optimization problems” and survey some classical and contemporary results in the field.

Undergraduates can sign up for a special dinner with the speaker after the talk here: https://forms.gle/XfYjVuQRkSzTkDq47

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022
Time: 6PM
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Ezra Getzler
Contact email: getzler@northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: (773)5436085
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