January 31, 2000
Associate Professor of Engineering
(Applied Mathematics and Statistics)
Neil Balmforth's research interests are in applied mathematics,
and he will be a member of the engineering school's planned Department of Applied
Mathematics and Statistics. Balmforth studies mathematical problems in astrophysics
and geophysical fluid mechanics, as well as more abstract issues in dynamical systems
and pattern theory. He received his B.S. degree in mathematical physics with astrophysics
from King's College, University of London, and his Ph.D. in astrophysics from Churchill
College, University of Cambridge. Before joining the UCSC faculty, Balmforth was
a lecturer at the University of Nottingham and a visiting professor at UC San Diego
and Instituto di Cosmogeofisica, Turin, Italy. He has directed the geophysical fluid
dynamics summer school at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the past two
Associate Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Stephen Thorsett studies radio pulsars, gamma-ray bursts, and
related astrophysical systems. Thorsett studies radio pulsars both as fascinating
astrophysical objects in their own right and as tools for studying fundamental physics.
He is also involved in several projects to conduct observations of gamma-ray bursts.
Thorsett's research makes use of the major national radio astronomy facilities, a
variety of satellite-based instruments, the Hubble Space Telescope, and ground-based
optical telescopes. Thorsett received his B.A. degree in mathematics from Carleton
College and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Princeton University. Before
joining the UCSC faculty, he was an assistant professor of physics at Princeton University.