Yakov Kronrod Wins WPI Olson Award

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Yakov Kronrod, son of Tatyana Lavut and Vladimir Kronrod of Malvern, Pa. and a sophomore double major in mathematics and computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has won the seventeenth annual Richard V. Olson Award.

Named for Richard "Ollie" Olson, who taught mathematics at WPI from 1962 until his death in 1983 and highly regarded by students, the award recognizes excellence in freshman and sophomore mathematics courses, outstanding overall academic achievement and contributions to the WPI community.

Kronrod received the highest possible grades in his introductory mathematics courses and has demonstrated an outstanding academic performance in his other courses at WPI, according to William W. Farr, associate department head of the Mathematical Sciences Department and chairman of the R. V. Olson Award Committee.

The Olson Award includes a certificate, an inscribed pewter mug and $250. In addition, winners have their names inscribed on a plaque located in the Mathematical Sciences building.

The judges for this year's award were, William W. Farr, Arthur C. Heinricher, professor of mathematical sciences, and Brian Ball, a student at WPI.