Co-Director, Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, I invite you to further explore the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center (SAL MCMSC) at Arizona State University to learn more about the exceptional opportunities we have to offer within the fields of mathematics and science.

The Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center (SAL MCMSC) establishes a forum that brings together a community of quantitative scientists and mathematicians from all corners of the university whose research and scholarship interests are driven by “intellectual fusion.” Center researchers' approach to research and scholarship is “solution-focused” rather than “discipline-focused”. The SAL MCMSC members have a history of stimulating synergistic cross-disciplinary activities, and initiating biological, environmental and sociological research that involves a significant use of quantitative methods—mathematics, modeling, statistics and simulations.

Our faculty are active in supporting the development of students through educational, research, and mentorship activities from high school to the postdoctoral level. This site will introduce you to the programs, courses, research interests, and educational opportunities within the realms of mathematical, computational, and scientific modeling.

The goals of the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center (SAL MCMSC) include the establishment of flexible research and training cross-disciplinary programs driven by global and dynamic perspectives; the facilitation of research efforts at the interface of the biological, environmental, and social sciences through its support for the development of computational, modeling, and theoretical frameworks that help integrate knowledge over multiple temporal, spatial, and organizational scales will provide a strong foundation for students interested in such fields.

Thank you for your interest in the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center (SAL MCMC) at Arizona State University. For additional information, please contact us at (480) 727-8525.


Carlos Castillo-Chavez
Regents Professor and Joaquin Bustoz Jr. Professor of Mathematical Biology
Co-Director, Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center (SAL MCMSC)



Co-Director, Dr. Yun Kang

Dr. Yun Kang has been appointed to serve as co-director (with Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez) of the Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational, and Modeling Sciences Center. She will be responsible for oversight of the activities of the Center, as well as serving as a resource for students, affiliated faculty, and Center staff. 

Dr. Kang obtained her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 2002 and her M.S. in Mathematics from University of Arizona in 2004. She joined the Department of Applied Sciences and Mathematics as an assistant professor in 2008 immediately upon receiving her Ph.D. (Mathematics, Arizona State University). She currently serves as Associate Professor, Sciences and Mathematics Faculty, at the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts (Polytechnic Campus).

Dr. Kang’s primary research interests are mathematical biology and nonlinear dynamical systems theory with applications in biology, life and social sciences. Her research has both theoretical and modeling components with empirical supports. The theoretical component is to study ecological and evolutionary dynamics of complex adaptive systems that are of interest to biologists, ecologists, and epidemiologists. The modeling component serves to explore different modeling techniques, based on experiments or important hypotheses, to get a better understanding of quantitatively and qualitatively various aspects of biological/social behaviors, structures, and processes. She has published over 30 articles in high profile journals of mathematical biology. Her current research, Multiscale Modeling of Division of Labor in Social Insects, has been funded by the mathematical biology program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Dr. Kang is actively involved in encouraging women and girls to study in and to have active careers in the mathematical sciences. Since May 2009, she has sat as a committee member of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) mentor networks. She is also a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Society for Mathematical Biology.