11/01/2011: Professor Ruth Williams
Professor Williams is the Charles Lee Powell Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego. She is a world expert in probability and its applications to stochastic networks which arise in many areas of sciences and engineering. She is the recepient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Alfred Sloan Research Fellowship, and a Presidential Young Investigator's Award. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and a fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences. In 2009, she was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was an invited speaker at the 1998 Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin. She is the current president of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.