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The Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics

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The Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University is pleased to announce:

Chia-Kun Chu, Mathematician
Doctor of Science, honoris causa
May 17, 2006


You are one of the great pioneers of computational mathematics and a visionary leader for applied mathematics within Columbia University. Your work in fluid dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, and shock waves is internationally recognized. You have also been the spiritual force driving the growth of applied mathematics at Columbia University and a beloved and founding leader of the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics. Your warm and engaging personality has inspired your colleagues to interdisciplinary, departmental harmony, and devotion to the University. By way of personal example in both teaching and service, you have been a pivotal resource to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students. In recognition of your untiring leadership and remarkable vision in helping to secure the lasting success of applied mathematics within the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University presents you with the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.


Columbia News

Honorary Degrees Awarded to Leaders and Innovators in Several Fields

At its 2006 commencement ceremony, Columbia University awarded honorary degrees to innovators and leaders in business, politics, the arts and science.

Chia-Kun Chu, professor emeritus of applied mathematics at Columbia's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), received an honorary doctor of science degree. Early in his career, Chu recognized the power and necessity of computation in understanding fluid dynamics. He developed approximations to the differential equations of fluid dynamics and coined the term "computational fluid dynamics." Chu's teaching and service to Columbia spans more than four decades. His leadership during the steady growth and definition of applied mathematics at Columbia is perhaps his greatest educational legacy. Because of his devoted vision, University undergraduates can major in applied mathematics and participate in a vital and coherent program of active scholars heavily involved in interdisciplinary research and education. Chu received Columbia's "Great Teaching Award" in 1985.

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