Donald Davis coaches the Lehigh Valley Fire, which last year won its third consecutive American Regions Mathematics League national title.

Donald Davis, professor of mathematics at Lehigh and a long-time mentor to high school math students, has been named a member of the American Mathematical Society’s initial class of fellows.

The fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Among the goals of the program are to create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession and to honor excellence.

“The AMS is the world’s largest and most influential society dedicated to mathematical research, scholarship, and education,” said AMS President Eric M. Friedlander. “Recent advances in mathematics include solutions to age-old problems and key applications useful for society.

“The new AMS Fellows Program recognizes some of the most accomplished mathematicians –AMS members who have contributed to our understanding of deep and important mathematical questions, to applications throughout the scientific world, and to educational excellence.”

Davis was one of more than 1,000 mathematical scientists from around the world, repesenting more than 600 institutions, to be named to initial class of fellows.

In the last two decades, Davis has received much recognition

for coaching the Lehigh Valley Fire high school math team in the American Regions Mathematics League. Last year, the team won its third consecutive national title and its fourth in the past seven years.

Davis conducts research in homotopy theory, a branch of algebraic topology. He is the executive editor of the journal Homology, Homotopy and Applications.