Avner Friedman is a Distinguised University Professor,
where he also serves as the Director of the Mathematical and Biosciences Institute. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1956 from the Hebrew University. He was Noyes Professor of Mathematics at Northwestern University (1962-1985), and a Duncan Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Purdue University (1985-1987).
From 1987-1997, Dr. Friedman directed the University's Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), which is devoted to bridging the gap between mathematical theory and its applications and between academia and industry. From 1994 - 2001 he was the Director of the Minnesota Center for Industrial Mathematics and in 1996 he became a Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota. In 2001 Dr. Friedman moved to The Ohio State University where he became the founding Director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI), from 2002-2008. Dr. Friedman's research interests include partial differential equations, stochastic processes, free boundary problems, control theory, and mathematical biology. He published 22 books and over 440 research papers. He serves on numerous editorial boards. He was the Chair of the Board of Mathematical Sciences (1994-1997) and the President of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (1993-1994). Dr. Friedman has been awarded the Sloan Fellowship (1962-65), the Guggenheim Fellowship (1966-7), the Stampacchia Prize (1982), the National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award (1983-85; 1991-93). He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 1987) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences (since 1993).