Karen Ames received a B.S. degree in mathematics from Stanford University in 1975 and a Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from Cornell University in 1980. She joined the faculty of the UAH Department of Mathematical Sciences in 1990, rising to the rank of full professor in 2002.

Dr. Ames died on September 28, 2006. Shortly after her death, the Dr. Karen Ames Fellowship for Women in Mathematics and the Dr. Karen Ames Lecture Series on Applied Mathematics were formed. Persons wishing to contribute to either of these funds may do so by contacting

UAH Foundation
Office of University Development
Shelbie King Hall, Suite 300
Huntsville, AL 35899

Research Interests:

  • ill-posed problems for partial differential equations
  • continuum and fluid mechanics
  • mathematical modeling
  • differential inequalities
  • stability of solutions to partial differential equations

Selected Works

  • Spatial Decay in the Pipe Flow of a Viscous Fluid Interfacing a Porous Medium, Math Models and Methods in Applied Sciences, 11 (2001), 1547--1562 (with L.E. Payne and J.C. Song).
  • Continuous Dependence on Modeling and Nonexistence Results for a Ginzburg-Landau Equation, Math Methods in the Applied Sciences, 23 (2000), 1537--1550
  • Stability and Newton's Law of Cooling in Double Diffusive Flow, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, 230 (1999), 57--69 (with B. Straughan).
  • Continuous Dependence Results for an Ill-Posed Problem in Nonlinear Viscoelasticity, ZAMP, 48 (1997), 20--29 (with L.E. Payne).
  • Continuous Dependence Results for a Problem in Penetrative Convection, Quarterly of Applied Mathematics, 55 (1997), 769--790 (with L.E. Payne).
  • Non-Standard and Improperly Posed Problems, Academic Press, 1997 (with B. Straughan).