Michael Young, assistant professor of mathematics.
Michael Young, assistant professor of mathematics.

Math and Computational Sciences Research Roundup

Today is Math and Computational Sciences Day during LAS Week. Check out a few highlights of related faculty research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences!!


Photo of Hridesh Rajan with a backdrop of a data chart symbol.
Hridesh Rajan, professor of computer science and Kingland Professor of Data Analytics, is making data accessible.

Understanding big data
Hridesh Rajan creates solutions for scientists navigating the ever-expanding world of data-driven research.


Michael Young
Michael Young

Change agent: Michael Young
Michael Young wants to help students excel in science, technology, engineering and math by bridging the cultural divide that exists in many public schools. The fact that it exists is not intentional, but Young says we need to acknowledge it in order to move forward. Young’s motivation stems from his own childhood experiences.


From left, Jim Lathrop, Jack Lutz, Robyn Lutz and Eric Henderson in the Iowa State University Laboratory for Molecular Programming. (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)
From left, Jim Lathrop, Jack Lutz, Robyn Lutz and Eric Henderson in the Iowa State University Laboratory for Molecular Programming. (Christopher Gannon/Iowa State University)

Computer scientists research how to program molecules
When computer scientists start their programming with a plan for detecting and correcting potential errors, computer software becomes more dependable and secure. So, computer scientists Robyn Lutz, Jack Lutz, Jim Lathrop and others in the Laboratory for Molecular Programming are working to implement this same planning approach into the design of machines made of DNA.


An image from Hare
An image from Hare's BulletMatcher software shows the comparison of two bullets.

CYstarters program helps advance statistical ballistic research
Eric Hare, who recently graduated with his Ph.D. in Statistics from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is turning his research on bullet matching into a business idea with the help of CYstarters, a 10-week summer accelerator for Iowa State students or recent graduates to focus on their startup or business idea.