J. Nathan Kutz

Applied Mathematics


B.S., Physics and Mathematics, University of Washington; Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University.


Professor Kutz was awarded the B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) in 1990 and the PhD in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) in 1994. He joined the department in 1998 and became Chair in 2007. Professor Kutz is especially interested in a unified approach to applied mathematics which includes modeling, computation and analysis. His area of current interest concerns phenomena in the optical sciences: laser dynamics and modelocking in fiber lasers, soliton propagation and mode-coupling dynamics for optical fiber communications, and pattern formation and stability of optical structures in optical parametric oscillators. Mathematically, the analysis and computation of the above phenomena naturally fall within the context of the methods of contemporary dynamical systems, nonlinear wave propagation, perturbation and asymptotic methods, and bifurcation theory applied to the underlying nonlinear differential equations and partial differential equations.