Distinguished Professor Mark J. Ablowitz has been a part of the Applied Mathematics Department faculty at CU Boulder since 1989. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to joining the Applied Mathematics faculty at CU, he taught at MIT and Clarkson University. He also spent time as a visiting scholar at Princeton University.

He has been awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship (1976), a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1984), and in 2015, he received the Kruskal Prize from SIAM (a Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics). Professot Ablowitz is a SIAM Fellow as well as an AMS (American Mathematical Society) Fellow. He is named a highly cited researcher in Mathematics by the Web of Science. There are over 12,000 citations to his research papers by ISI, Web of Knowledge; and over 28,000 citations to his research papers and books by Google Scholar. He has authored five books and edited two books between 1981 and 2011. In 2020, the University of Colorado system elevated his title to Distinguished Professor, the most accomplished title in the CU system.

This past spring he taught Methods in Applied Mathematics: Complex Variables and Applications (APPM 4360/5360). He taught this course fifteen years ago, but rewrote the course notes for the spring 2016 semester. His research interests include solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations by the inverse scattering transform and associated complex analysis, and applications including nonlinear optics, mode-locked lasers, optical fiber communications, dispersive shock waves, and water waves.