John Burns, the T.W. Hatcher Professor of Mathematics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, has been selected as one of 33 new Fellows in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

Burns was selected for fellowship for his contributions to control and approximation of partial differential equations. 

His research work includes applied and computational control, partial differential equations, distributed parameter systems, fluid/structural controls systems, smart materials, and modeling and control of high performance buildings.

Burns is also the technical director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Mathematics and he has published more than 150 research papers on computational methods for identification, design, optimization, and control of systems governed by partial and functional differential equations. He was the founding editor of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics book series on Advances in Design and Control. In 2010 he received the SIAM Reid Prize for his fundamental contributions in computational methods for applications in control, design and optimization of infinite dimensional dynamical systems.

In 2005 Burns was named Honorary Professor of Mathematics at the Beijing Institute of Technology and in 2008 he was named a Visiting Research Fellow at the United Technologies Research Center.

In addition to his fellowship with SIAM, Burns was also selected as a Fellow with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2001.

Burns received a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Arkansas State University, and a master's degree and doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma.

The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics is an international organization with more than 14,000 members from 85 countries and serves to advance the discipline of applied mathematics and computational science by publishing books and peer-reviewed research journals.