Mathematics professor recognised for excellence under 40

Mathematics professor recognised for excellence under 40

AustMS presents medal to Professor Aidan Sims 

A UOW Mathematics professor has been recognised among Australia’s leading mathematicians.

The Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) Medal is awarded to a member of the society under the age of 40 years for distinguished research in the mathematical sciences.

Professor Aidan Sims from UOW’s School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics was recognised for his outstanding research and for his contributions to functional analysis and operator algebras, in particular the theory of higher-rank graph C*-algebras.

“This recognition by the AustMS at this stage of my career is extremely humbling,” Professor Sims said.

“The society is an instrumental force in fostering national and international mathematical ties, deepening engagement between different fields of mathematics, and championing gender equity in the mathematical sciences.”

Most recently Professor Sims has co-authored papers proving that all Kirchberg C*- algebras have nuclear dimension 1. He has also been active in fostering new talent through research training, and currently directs UOW’s Mathematical Sciences Research Cluster.

Last year (2015) Professor Sims received the UOW Researcher of the Year award for his track record of papers published in well regarded mathematics journals, and attraction of national competitive grants, including a Future Fellowship. Professor Sims’ well-established international research profile, international collaborations and dedication to training and mentoring of research students was also cited.