MAVERICK SCIENCE
  The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science 2012-13  

Su expands leadership role as math department chair

Jianzhong Su, a professor of math who took over as Department of Mathematics chair on Jan. 1, 2012, is well-suited to the role of leader, since he's already played a leadership role in the department for years.
Su replaced Jianping Zhu, who left to become dean of Graduate Studies at Cleveland State University.
Su said he is confident the department will be able to continue to build on its recent successes, which include a large rise in graduate student enrollment and in doctoral degrees awarded as well as significant improvements in retention and graduation rates.
Thurman Jasper
Jianzhong Su
"The mathematics department has a very strong research faculty and has also developed at a record-breaking pace during the last five to six years, especially in the graduate program," Su said. "We have attracted a large number of U.S. nationals, underrepresented minorities, and women students to the department. This success is due to the great efforts of our dedicated faculty, whom I am privileged to work with.
"The department has grown tremendously in all areas. Especially, the math graduate program has doubled its size, and the number of female and minority students has quadrupled. The mathematics department is well positioned in UTA's thrust for reaching Tier One research university status."
Su's colleagues say he's a perfect fit to lead the department.
"Dr. Su is an outstanding scholar who has served the department, college and University in various capacities for years," College of Science Dean Pamela Jansma said. "The department is on firm ground and we are confident that it will continue to thrive in the years to come under Dr. Su's guidance."
Su, who came to UT Arlington in 1990, has a lengthy record of award-winning research and teaching excellence and has also contributed countless hours in volunteer service. His research interests are in computational neuroscience, partial differential equations and nonlinear dynamical systems. He received the College of Science Research Excellence Award in April 2011.
In addition to his research and teaching duties, Su has served as Director of Graduate Studies for the math department since 2004. In May 2011, Su received the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, graduate level, for his work in guiding graduate students and making sure they are on the right track in their degree plans.