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Bowdoin College Offers Mathematics Colloquium and Lecture

Story posted February 15, 1999


Feb. 5, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Dr. David A. Field, a staff research scientist at the General Motors Research and Development Center, will share his expertise with Bowdoin faculty and students and the public in a colloquium and lecture Monday, Feb. 8. The colloquium, titled "Geometric Behavior of Finite Element Transformations," will begin at 3:30 p.m. in Adams Hall, Room 106. The lecture on "Manufacturing, Robotics and Computational Geometry" is at 7 p.m. in Druckenmiller Hall, Room 016.

Both are free and open to the public.

Field earned his A.B. from Bowdoin College, M.S. from Oakland University, and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado. After teaching at the College of the Holy Cross, he joined the General Motors Research Laboratories, where he holds the position of Staff Research Scientist. His research interests include numerical analysis, approximation theory, finite element analysis and mathematics from computer-aided design.

His colloquium will concentrate on Jordan's classic paper marking the beginning of serious efforts to examine the geometric behavior of finite element transformations. This talk will be very accessible for undergraduate mathematics majors.

Field's evening lecture will feature examples of geometry's dominating influence in the automotive manufacturing process, ending with the award-winning video tape "Ballet Robotique." The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Both the lecture and the colloquium are sponsored by Bowdoin's Department of Mathematics under the Cecil T. and Marion C. Holmes Mathematics Lecture Fund.

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