Shadia Ajam | Jan. 31, 2014 | Notre Dame College of Science
Karsten Grove, Rev. Howard J. Kenna, C.S.C. Professor of Mathematics, recently received a research award from the Alexander con Humboldt Stiftung/Foundation in Germany. The Humbolt Foundation’s award allows individuals to travel to Germany and work on a research project of their choice in collaboration with a host. Grove is currently in Germany working with Prof. Werner Ballmann from the Mathematisches Institut in Universität Bonn and will return to campus in during the summer.
Grove’s work focuses on modern differential geometry. His contributions cover a wide variety of topics, from closed and isometry invariant geodesics to the construction of important new examples of manifolds of positive curvature. During his stay in Germany, Grove will continue his research on positively curved manifolds and related topics.
Grove is an internationally recognized leader in metric differential geometry and has immensely influenced the growth of modern Riemann geometry. His findings on the non-linear center of mass and critical point theory for distance functions, for example, are now considered basic tools in comparison geometry.