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MAA Distinguished Lecture Series

The MAA sponsors a variety of public lectures, many of them held at the MAA Carriage House. Whether a Gathering 4 Gardner event or one of the federally funded Distinguished Lecture Series, the lectures feature some of the foremost experts within the field of mathematics, known for their ability to make current mathematical ideas accessible to non-specialists. The presentations provide a fabulous and fun learning opportunity for both professionals and students, as well as anyone interested in learning more about current trends in mathematics and the relationship between mathematics and broader scientific, engineering and technological endeavors.

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Upcoming Lectures


Aaron Luttman
6:30 p.m. - February 22, 2018

MAA Carriage House

1781 Church St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Space is limited. Please click here to RSVP for this lecture.

Abstract: Nuclear security is in the news more now than since the earliest days of the cold war, and the rise of new nuclear states and non-state actors attempting to obtain nuclear materials has shifted the way the world views nuclear threats. In this presentation, we will introduce the Stockpile Stewardship and Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation missions of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which comprise one of the largest scientific and R&D enterprises in the world. While the number of mathematicians and statisticians working in nuclear security is dwarfed by the number of physicists, chemists, and engineers, there are still many exciting opportunities for mathematics students to contribute to the most important scientific problems in nuclear security. The NNSA laboratories and sites all maintain vibrant internship programs for undergraduate and graduate students in the mathematical sciences, and we will present the results of some recent student work in the NNSA enterprise as well as provide information on upcoming research opportunities.

Biography: Dr. Aaron Luttman lives in Las Vegas, NV, where he is the manager of the Diagnostic Research and Materials Studies group at the NNSA’s Nevada National Security Site. He oversees a group of 25 physicists, engineers, and mathematicians; manages a nonproliferation research portfolio; and advises several interns and Ph.D. Students each year. Prior to coming to the NNSA research enterprise, Dr. Luttman studied at Purdue University, the University of Minnesota, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and the University of Montana, where he received his Ph.D. in Mathematics, using image processing techniques to analyze the dynamics of plant respiration.