Professor Alina Chertock has been named the new head of the Mathematics Department. Chertock has been with NC State since 2002 and was serving as interim department head prior to her permanent appointment. She is also an adjunct professor at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in Russia and has held visiting professorships in Germany, China and France. Chertock is prolific researcher. She authored or coauthored nearly 50 research articles and received a number of NSF and ONR awards. Her current NSF-funded research aims to develop better numerical methods for shallow water equations and related models. These new methods will help in designing coastal protection systems, investigating the effects of sediment transport on sea-drilling platforms, developing flood mitigation systems and planning new urban areas. Chertock received a master’s degree in applied mathematics from Moscow State University in Russia and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Tel Aviv University in Israel.