Mathematics Professor Hongkai Zhao was among 24 Duke faculty members awarded distinguished professorships for faculty excellence. Zhao's professorship - the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor - is effective July 1, 2022.
Appointment to a distinguished professorship is the highest honor the university can bestow upon a member of the faculty, recognizing faculty who are well-established members of the Duke academic community and who have also achieved distinction as creative scholars in their field or in their ability to transcend disciplines.
Zhao’s research is in computational and applied mathematics. He uses analysis, modeling, and computation to study and solve problems arising from science and engineering. He is a SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Fellow and received the Feng Kang Prize for Scientific Computing and Alfred Sloan Research Fellowship.
Learn more about the honor and the reception for the recently-named distinguished professors in Duke Today.