Iranian-Swedish mathematician, Sara Zahedi takes home a prominent award from the European Mathematical Society (EMS), for her excellent research into the development and analysis of numerical algorithms for partial differential equations, and for her work regarding applications to problems by bringing about dynamic changes in geometry.
The EMS award is presented to young European mathematicians once in four years and this year it has been awarded to the thirty-five-year-old Zahedi who was born in Tehran and is currently an Assistant Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.
She is being noted for her work in improving computer simulations and is the only women to have received an award this year. The honorable prize has been awarded to mathematicians since 1992 and Zahedi is one of only nine female recipients for the award since that time. Her prize comes with a check for five thousand Euros.
Although Zahedi was born in Tehran, her mother brought her up on her own and sent her to school in Sweden when she was ten. She didn't have any friends there and wasn't able to speak Swedish. For her Mathematics was a language, she could understand. When she was in her Mathematics class, she could communicate with the other students and help them solve problems and eventually made friends.
Her research expertise is in the development and analysis of computational methods. She focuses particularly on finite element methods to solve partial differential equations on dynamic geometries.
Zahedi is also remarkably gifted in numerical analysis which is a study to improve the efficiency and accuracy of computer simulations. She creates simulations of fluids, specifically those that don't mix too well, for instance, gas, water, and oil.
Zahedi believes that it is possible for any person to understand Mathematics and feels that the younger generation should be shown how Mathematics can be used in the real world.