Massey welcomes new Adjunct Professor Graham Weir

Adjunct Professor Graham Weir

Senior New Zealand scientist Dr Graham Weir begins a new role this week as Adjunct Professor of Applied Mathematics in the Institute of Fundamental Sciences in Manawatū.

Dr Weir is regarded as the leading "real world" applied mathematician in New Zealand. His research career has been devoted to developing understanding and new methodologies for describing the behaviour of complex natural and industrial systems.

Previously at Industrial Research Limited, his research has ranged from nanotechnology to engineering, through to geothermal systems.

Professor Robert McLachlan from the Institute of Fundamental Sciences says Dr Weir is highly regarded internationally.

“Dr Weir was awarded a Life Membership in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers – an honour that few New Zealand scientists and engineers have achieved. He has also held committee and chairperson roles in the Royal Society of New Zealand (Mathematical and Information Sciences committee), New Zealand Mathematical Society and the New Zealand Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

“Massey University is very fortunate that a person of Dr Weir’s calibre is joining the Institute of Fundamental Sciences, providing our students and fellow researchers with access to his extensive range of expertise in applied mathematics,” Professor McLachlan says.

In 2002 Dr Weir was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand in recognition of his contribution to applied mathematics across both pure and applied industrial research. In 2014 Dr Weir left Industrial Research Limited and now works as a consultant providing contract research to a range of organisations.

Dr Weir's seminar on Thursday March 10 will cover fluid flow models applicable to the geothermal industry.
The seminar will be held in ScB 3.31, starting at 1pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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