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IUPUI Professor Receives Highest Honor from IU President

Alexander Its took home the President's Medal for Excellence

INDIANAPOLIS--One distinguished professor is being given the highest honor an Indiana University President can bestow. 

Alexander Its, an Indiana University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at IUPUI, has been given the President's Medal for Excellence. That medal is given to recognize exceptional distinction in public service; service to Indiana University; achievement in a profession; or extraordinary and achievement in the arts, humanities, sciences, education, or industry. The medal itself is a reproduction of office worn by IU's president at ceremonial occasions. 

"This latest honor adds to the many accolades reflecting the tremendous contributions that Dr. Its has made to the discipline of mathematics at IUPUI and around the world," IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar said. "To present the award to him on behalf of President McRobbie was a privilege I will never forget."

Its joined the Department of Mathematic Sciences faculty in the School of Science at IUPUI in 1993. Its has published more than 130 research papers and five books, and he has given more than 200 invited lectures at leading institutions and scientific meetings all over the world. 

He has been described by his peers as "one of the best applied mathematicians of our time" and his work as "definitive, revolutionary, and transformative." 


(PHOTO: IUPUI Newsroom)

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