Department of Mathematics and Statistics Professor Kerry Landman


I am a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne. I obtained my PhD in mathematics from the University of Melbourne and then spent six years working as an applied mathematician in USA, at MIT, the Environmental Protection Agency and Southern Methodist University. I returned to Melbourne to join Siromath, a mathematical sciences consulting firm, before joining the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne.

I am an applied mathematician committed to cross-disciplinary research. My research interests are in mathematical modelling with application to industrial, environmental, biological, and medical areas. I have used mathematical modelling to gain an understanding of a diverse group of topics, including shape changes of red blood cells, indoor pollution by radon gas, heat loss in houses, consolidation and filtration of minerals waste, cooking of wheat grains for breakfast cereal manufacture and the design of windscreen wipers. For the last ten years, I have been collaborating with experimentalists on several exciting projects in the areas of developmental biology.

From 1993-1997, I was the Director of the Mathematics-in-Industry Study Group (MISG). Much of my time was spent marketing and communicating the power and versatility of mathematics to business and industry and the wider community. Each year, eight industrial projects were presented at a problem-solving workshop, with lively brainstorming sessions between 150 mathematicians and students and industry representatives.

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