Irene Fonseca

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Irene Fonseca

Irene Maria Quintanilha Coelho da Fonseca is a Portuguese-American applied mathematician, the Mellon College of Science Professor of Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University, where she directs the Center for Nonlinear Analysis.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Fonseca was born in Portugal, and did her undergraduate studies at the University of Lisbon.[2] She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1985, under the supervision of David Kinderlehrer, who later followed his student to CMU.[3] She joined the CMU faculty after postdoctoral studies in Paris, France.[2]

In 2011, Fonseca was elected president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.[2]


Fonseca is the co-author of:

Awards and honors[edit]

Fonseca is a knight of the Order of Saint James of the Sword.[2] In 2009, Fonseca was elected as a fellow of SIAM "for contributions to nonlinear partial differential equations and the calculus of variations".[6] In 2012 she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[7]


Fonseca is married to stem cell researcher Gerald Schatten.[8]


  1. ^ Faculty profile, CMU Department of Mathematical Sciences, retrieved 2013-01-21.
  2. ^ a b c d Wereschagin, Mike (December 1, 2011), "Newsmaker: Irene Fonseca", Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, archived from the original on March 29, 2015, (Subscription required (help)).
  3. ^ Irene Maria Quintanilha Coelho da Fonseca at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Review of Degree Theory in Analysis and Applications: J. V. A. Gonçalves (1996), MR1373430
  5. ^ Review of Modern Methods in the Calculus of Variations: Erik J. Balder (2008), MR2341508
  6. ^ SIAM Fellows list, retrieved 2013-01-21.
  7. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-21.
  8. ^ Gerald Schatten genealogy on Geni, retrieved 2013-01-21.