The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics has elected Alex Pothen to receive the 2021 George Polya Prize in Applied Combinatorics. He serves as a computer scientist and applied mathematician at Purdue University. Pothen was nominated for his research paper “What Color is Your Jacobian? Graph Coloring for Computing Derivatives.” 

“I am very pleased that SIAM has recognized the significance of the research results of professor Pothen’s and his collaborators with this important award,” said Sunil Prabhaka, professor and head of Purdue’s Department of Computer Science.

He holds a M.S. from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and PhD from Cornell University. 

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