Queensborough Community College Professor Receives the Feliks Gross Endowment Award, CUNY’s Highest Award for Assistant Professors

Published: March 25, 2015

Professor Mayeli is the only community college faculty member to receive the award

Dr. Azita Mayeli, Assistant Professor in the Mathematics and Computer Science department, is the recipient of the Feliks Gross Endowment Award presented each year to assistant professors in recognition of outstanding research, or potential for such, in the humanities or sciences, including social and life sciences. This is the City University of New York’s (CUNY) highest award for assistant professors.

Dr. Mayeli, the only community college faculty member to receive the award, was selected for her contribution in mathematical science and interdisciplinary fields, such as in the communication theory, signal processing, and astrophysics, and study of large data, for the past 15 years.

Azita Mayeli received several awards and grants including the PSC-CUNY awards, National Science Foundation grant, and AWM awards (Association of Women in Mathematics) for her work in mathematics and related areas.

“I am deeply grateful to the City University of New York for the Feliks Gross Award. This tremendous honor underlines my commitment to the Queensborough Community College, the University in general and the constituency that they serve. In my view, mathematical research and teaching are vehicles for advancement of the New York State community, especially that of women and underrepresented minorities. The honor bestowed upon me by CUNY will serve as a shining beacon, a reminder of the responsibility I have towards society in which mathematics always has been and will continue to be an important vehicle of scientific progress and social mobility,” said Dr. Azita Mayeli, who added that this prestigious recognition would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of Dr. Joseph Bertorelli, Professor and Chairperson in the Mathematics and Computer Science department who nominated Dr. Mayeli for the prestigious award.

Dr. Mayeli’s distinguished academic background goes back to her native country of Iran, where she was one of three Iranian students to receive a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) scholarship out of 300 applicants. At the Technische Universiӓt Mȕnchen in Germany she earned her doctorate in Mathematics.  She had a Marie-Curie Post-doctoral research fellowship from European Union from 2006-2008.  Currently, Dr. Mayeli is a doctoral faculty member in the Mathematics Department of the Graduate Center.

Dr. Mayeli  has published several research papers in mathematics and interdisciplinary fields in highly ranked national and international peer-reviewed journals such as The Astrophysical Journal, Proceeding of American Mathematical Society, and Journal of Functional Analysis, to name a few.

The awards ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 in the Graduate Center’s 9th Floor Skylight room.  Recipients who present their work at the ceremony receive an honorarium and a plaque.

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