Homer F. Walker
Homer F. Walker
Office Location
Stratton Hall 009A
Contact
Phone: 
+1-508-831-5241
Fax: 
+1-508-831-5824
Homer F. Walker
Professor
Education: 
BA Rice University 1966
MS New York University 1968
PhD New York University 1970
Homer Walker's research and teaching interests are generally in computational and applied mathematics. In recent years, his research has been mainly concerned with developing and analyzing numerical algorithms for solving systems of linear and nonlinear equations, especially the very large systems that arise in modeling complex physical phenomena such as fluid flow. Previous research interests include numerical methods for unconstrained optimization, differential equations, and statistical estimation. When possible, he likes to work with experts in other areas of science and engineering to explore the practical effectiveness of the algorithms that he studies. Much of his work has been done in collaboration with researchers at U.S. national laboratories who have extensive experience with both challenging applications and advanced hardware and software for high-performance computing. Walker enjoys bringing insights gained through his research to his teaching. This is especially important in computational mathematics courses because of the very dynamic nature of the area. These courses typically attract students from many departments in addition to Mathematical Sciences, reflecting not only the importance of the subject to modern science and engineering, but also the ease of pursuing interdisciplinary study at WPI.
Office Location
Stratton Hall 009A
Contact
Phone: 
+1-508-831-5241
Fax: 
+1-508-831-5824
Professional Highlights & Honors: 
First Governor's Medal for Science and Technology
1987
State of Utah
College of Science Researcher of the Year
1994
Utah State University
ISI Highly Cited Researcher in Mathematics
2003
WPI Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship
2005