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Release Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 2:49 PM
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Mathematics Professor Awarded NSF Grant
Mohammad F. Mahmood, Ph.D.

WASHINGTON (January 27, 2014) – Howard University Department of Mathematics Professor Mohammad F. Mahmood, Ph.D., was recently awarded a $34,973 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund a five-day research symposium June 10-15, 2014.

The grant was awarded under the NSF’s Division of Mathematical Sciences (DSM). Professor Mahmood was awarded a similar grant in 2008 by the NSF. The symposium, titled “Mathematical Foundations of Transformation Optics,” will feature lectures from some of the field’s leading mathematicians and physicists. The lectures will cover topics related to the theoretical basis for transformation optics designs, such as cloaks, field rotators and electromagnetic wormholes.

Lectures will be followed by informal sessions/presentations as well as question-and-answer periods with the audience. The event will give audience members the opportunity to network and discuss areas of current research as well as alternative approaches to cloaking and numerical methods. Lectures will also offer opportunities to generate external research funding.

The symposium is free and open to the Howard University community. Graduate students, post-docs and faculty from other HBCUs are also encouraged to attend. For more information, contact


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