Mr. Festus Irimisose Arunaye successfully defended his PhD thesis “Symmetries of differential equations: Topics in nonlocal symmetries of dynamical systems” in an oral examination on December 21, 2009.
This research project on which Mr. Arunaye worked was a result of intercampus collaboration between the Mona and St Augustine campuses of UWI: the first supervisor, Prof. Bal Bhatt, works at St Augustine Campus, while the second
supervisor, Prof. Alexandra Rodkina, works at Mona campus.
The examination, chaired by Dr. Dale Webber, was held in Studio 2 of the Open University Building, Mona Campus. This arrangement successfully allowed the external examiner, Prof. G. Blumen of the University of the British Columbia, Canada, to participate by remote videoconference.
Mr. Arunaye gave a fluent presentation of his research work, and his responses to questions posed by the examiners were confident. The Examination Committee agreed unanimously that the candidate had demonstrated sufficient mastery of the theoretical and practical aspects of the project, and that he should be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics after completing minor corrections to the satisfaction of his supervisors and the Internal Examiner. Pictures of this event can be found here.
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