Dr. A. Kadir Aziz established the A. Kadir Aziz-John Osborn Graduate Student Award and Lectureship Fund to provide awards to graduate student in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences.
Dr. A. Kadir Aziz has named this fund in memory of Professor Emeritus John E. Osborn. Professor Osborn received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1965 and went on to spend his entire career at the University of Maryland, where he specialized in numerical analysis and elliptic partial differential equations. He served with distinction as Chair of the Department of Mathematics from 1982-1985 and as Acting or Interim Dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences from 1989-90 and 1998-99. He was instrumental in the SCHOL project to update the Department of Mathematics’ undergraduate curriculum. In September 2000, a conference on Finite Element Analysis and Eigenvalue Problems was held in his honor. Although Professor Osborn officially retired at the end of the 2007-2008 academic year, he continued to be an active participant in department seminars and affairs up until his death on May 30, 2011, at the age of 74.
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