This series showcases the work of accomplished faculty from underrepresented groups. Invited scholars will give a research presentation and lead a second workshop to share their personal perspective on navigating an academic career. 

As part of our ongoing commitment to foster diversity within the College of Natural Sciences, the Dean’s office, in collaboration with the College of Engineering, has launched the Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series. Faculty from CNS or COE may nominate visitors for the series. Here is a recording of Professor Nathaniel Whitaker's presentation at this year's event. 

Annual Distinguished Scientist & Engineer Seminar Series

Nathaniel Whitaker

Nathaniel Whitaker, PhD

Professor and Department Head of Mathematics and Statistics, UMass Amherst

Presentation, April 29 at 11 a.m. (via Zoom): "From Segregation to Department Head With a Lot of Help Along the Way"

Workshop for Graduate and Postdoctoral Students, April 29 at 1 p.m. (via Zoom): "Perspectives on Negotiating a Successful Career in STEM" 

This event year's event was co-sponsored by the College of Natural Sciences and the UMass Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence Program.

Nathaniel Whitaker's research focuses on developing models for physical phenomena and solving these models with computational/numerical and analytical techniques. He has worked on problems in fluid mechanics, math biology, and in many other areas. This includes developing numerical methods for evolving interfaces between two fluids, modeling two-dimensional fluid turbulence, modeling the dynamics of the nephron (the basic unit of the kidney), and modeling the growth of blood vessels recruited by a cancerous tumor (tumor angiogenesis). He has a BA from Hampton Institute, an MS from the University of Cincinnati, and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He has served on many important committees on the national level, such as The Committee of Visitors for NSF's Division of Mathematical Sciences twice, the steering committee for the Park City Math Institute, and the Committee on Committees of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He has also won awards for his mentoring and outreach, which include the UMass President's Award for Public Service, the University Distinguished Community Service Award, and the UMass Commitment to Diversity Award.