Faculty Directory
Daniel Abrams

Associate Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Research Projects


Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics


Segal Design Certificate


NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Mathematical Sciences, MIT, Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

B.S. (Hons) Applied Physics, Caltech, Padadena, CA

Significant Recognition

  • James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar, 2010-2015
  • "Most Likely to Blow Your Mind" award from NPR’s The Academic Minute 2012
  • Northwestern University Searle Teaching Fellow, 2011–2012
  • Fulbright Foundation Scholar, 2010
  • NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow (MIT), 2006-2009
  • NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellow, 2006
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2003-2006
  • US ED Foreign Language Area Study Grantee, 2003
  • Eagle Scout, 1996

Significant Professional Service

  • Co-organized conference “Network Frontier Workshop” (2013)
  • Chaired sessions at SIAM Conference on Applications of Dynamical Systems conference (2013, planned 2015)
  • Helped develop and co-teach pilot course “Data as Art / Data Viz Collaborative” in collaboration with the Art Institute of Chicago (2013)
  • Referee for a wide range of journals (e.g., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, Chaos, Nonlinearity, SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, Journal of Theoretical Biology)
  • Reviewed proposals for U.S. National Science Foundation, Research Corporation for Science Advancement (funding agency), Israel Science Foundation, Singapore National Research Foundation (2010-2014)
  • Compiled shared data sets on language competition (2003), evolution of religious affiliation (2010-2011), handedness in athletics (2011), smoking dynamics (2014)
  • Taught course for both faculty and students at San Antonio Abad University (UNSAAC) in Cusco, Peru. Translated all course materials into Spanish (2010)
  • Developing new applied math concept inventory (2013-Present)
  • Lectured on math, science, computer skills, and the US educational system at civil society events in Bolivia, Peru, and Nicaragua (2003-2010)
  • Lectured for Schuler Program in outreach to underserved Chicago area high school students (2013)
  • Communicated research through varied media interviews: see “Press” section of CV