The Chair was founded at the beginning of the 1960s by Academician
L.V.Kantorovich, an outstanding mathematician and a Nobel Prize Winner
in Economics. Academician G.I.Marchuk held the Chair from 1972 to 1980
up to his leaving Novosibirsk for Moscow to head the USSR Government Committee
for Science and Technology and later for the presidency in the USSR Academy
of Sciences. During that period the Chair was finally reformed; the main
areas of its educational activities were determined; and the programs of
all compulsory and optional courses were worked out. From 1980 the chair
is headed by Professor G.A.Mikhailov, a renowned specialist in Monte Carlo
methods and a Lenin and State Prize Winner.
At first, the Chair supports the basic education
in the numerical methods at the mathematical department of the University.
The compulsory courses cover the following areas of computational mathematics:
- numerical methods of linear algebra
- numerical analysis (interpolation, numerical differentiation and
integration, Runge-Kutta schemes, stiff systems, Newton-Kantorovich methods,
etc.)
- finite difference and finite element methods for partial differential
equations
- numerical methods for integral equations.
Together with these theoretical courses, the Chair
supervises computer practice for three years in the applied numerical software
context.
Most professors and tutors on the staff of the Chair
are simultaneously scientific researchers of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The main institution for the Chair is the Institute
of Computational Mathematics and Mathematical Geophysics RAS. Most
members of the staff have scientific degrees. These circumstances make
a good environment for high quality education and opportunities for students
to participate in up-to-date scientific projects and industrial developments.
For the students with keen interest in numerical
methods for their specialization and future job and also for post graduates
from Siberia, Far East and Middle East Asia, our Chair offers a wide range
of optional courses. The list of these courses varies slowly from year
to year.
For the recent thirty years more then 700 specialists
in the numerical mathematics were prepared by the Chair for all regions
of the USSR, especially for scientific centers, universities, and industrial
research institutes. Our graduates and former university colleagues have
occupy the leading scientific positions of various institutions and firms.
Moreover, hundreds of specialists from various Russian cities acquire requalification
at the special department of the University, and this area is the second
major activity of the Chair. |