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W. E. Olmstead

Professor Emeritus of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Research Projects


Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics


Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX

Research Interests

Reaction-diffusion processes; anomalous diffusion; fluid mechanics; shear localization; bifurcation theory; integral equations; singular perturbations; mathematical finance

Significant Recognition

  • McCormick School Teaching Award
  • Northwestern Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching

Significant Professional Service

  • Editor, "The Options Professor" Newsletter
  • Associate Editor, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics

Selected Publications

  • Kirk, Colleen M.; Olmstead, W. Edward, “Thermal blow-up in a subdiffusive medium due to a nonlinear boundary flux”, Fractional Calculus and Applied Analysis, (2014)
  • , “"Options for the Beginner and Beyond" 2nd Edition”, Pearson Education Financial Times, (2013)
  • Kirk, C.M.; Olmstead, W.E., “Superdiffusive blow-up with advection”, International Journal of Dynamical Systems and Differential Equations, (2012)