A message from Rouben Rostamian, Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics:
Dr. Kadir Aziz, professor emeritus in the department of mathematics and statistics, passed away on March 25, 2016 in Chevy Chase, Md. He was 92 years old.
Dr. Aziz was a leader in the academic community across the region over his 30-year career, having contributed to educational programs and research at UMBC, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland, College Park. He joined UMBC in 1967 as one of the founding senior faculty members and was a major force in growing the school’s department of mathematics and statistics. Throughout his career, his innovative research was supported by prestigious national grants from the National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, U.S. Department of Energy, and the Naval Surface Weapons Center.
Dr. Aziz was a pioneer of Finite Element Method (FEM), a mathematical theory that has become the standard in computer modeling and simulation of the effects of forces on objects. It is now used in many industries, including automotive, aviation, aerospace, and civil engineering. Shortly after arriving at UMBC, he led the first international conference on FEM, which was followed by the publication of a groundbreaking monograph co-authored by Dr. Aziz and internationally acclaimed mathematician Ivo Babuska. The study became the definitive reference on the subject and an inspiration for future development of the field.
In 1999, Dr. Aziz established the Aziz Lecture Series, a forum for expository lectures by experts in the field of numerical solutions of differential equations. Since its inception, the lectures have been held each year, initially at UMBC and later College Park.
A memorial service for Kadir will be held on Saturday, May 28, 1 p.m. at 10520 Montrose Avenue in Bethesda, MD, 20814. If you are interested in attending, please contact Rouben Rostamian, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.