Narrative Biography


Mireille Boutin was born in Canada in the province of Quebec. She received the B.Sc. degree in Physics-Mathematics from the University de Montreal, and the Ph.D. degree in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis under the direction of Peter Olver. After a post-doctorate with David Mumford and David Cooper at Brown University, followed by a post-doctorate with Stefan Muller at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences (Leipzig, Germany), she joined Purdue’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is now an Associate Professor with tenure, and holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Mathematics.  She is an editor of the journal “Applicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing”, published by Springer. She is the instigator of “Project Rhea” a student-driven Purdue-wide collective learning project. She is the co-founder (with Kathryn Leonard) of the Rose Whelan Society, an organization for women graduate students and post-doctorate in mathematics/applied mathematics at Brown University. She is the recipient of the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Faculty Award (Fall 2007) and the Wilfred “Duke” Hesselberth Award for Teaching Excellence (2008). She is a member of IEEE, SPIE, the AMS and FoCM. Her current research interests include image and video processing, object recognition, automatic text translation, portable device applications and computational mathematics.