Amber Puha, PhD
I joined the faculty at CSUSM in 1999 when the university was just 10 years young.
Before joining CSUSM, I earned a BA in Mathematics at UCSD in 1993 and a PhD in Mathematics
at UCLA under the supervision of Professor Thomas Liggett in 1998. My expertise
is in probability theory and stochastic processes with a focus on the modeling and
analysis of stochastic networks. Since joining CSUSM, I have spent three full-year
sabbaticals at UCSD pursuing various projects related to my research interests. More
information is available through the Research tab above. I also spent two years as
an Associate Director at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, a federally funded mathematics research institute on the UCLA campus. I served
a three-year elected term on the American Mathematical Society Council, the main governing body of the society. I recently served on the INFORMS Applied Probability Society Prize Committee and the Institute for Mathematical Statistics Travel Awards Committee. I am an avid surfer, having been a competitive surfer in
my younger years, which has motivated me to serve as the Faculty Advisor for the CSUSM
Surf Team since its inception in 2002.
Administrative Support Coordinator
Department of Mathematics
College of Science and Mathematics
My training is in probability theory, stochastic processes, and their applications.
These days I primarily work in the area of stochastic processing networks. A stochastic
network model captures the inherent randomness in a variety of networks, including
those that arise in modern computing and communications, as well as transportation
and hi-tech manufacturing. The structure of the network is typically deterministic
and the service discipline is usually specified. Randomness manifests itself in customer exogenous
arrival times, service times, routing, etc. In general, such networks are complicated
and involve feedback and non-head-of-the-line (HL) service disciplines. Consequently,
they often evade closed form analysis, and tractable approximations are needed. Fluid
approximations can be regarded as first-order deterministic (dynamical systems) approximations
that yield insights about average network performance. A diffusion approximation is
then a second-order stochastic approximation that captures the dominant effects of
randomness. My work has centered on proving such approximation theorems for a variety
of non-HL service discipline that arise in modern networks. Measure-valued stochastic processes are a key tool employed in my work to handle the infinite dimensional nature of these
- 2021-24 NSF Grant DMS-2054505, $232,443
- 2015-19 NSF Grant DMS-1510198, $180,000
- 2015-16 Presidents Outstanding Faculty Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity
- 2007 INFORMS Applied Probability Society Best Publication Award, Co-Recipient
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- Amber L. Puha, Amy R. Ward, and Yueyang Zhong. Asymptotically Optimal Idling in the GI/GI/N+GI Queue. Submitted.
- Sayan Banerjee, Amarjit Budhiraja, and Amber L. Puha. Heavy Traffic Scaling Limits for Shortest Remaining Processing Time Queues with Heavy
Tailed Processing Time Distributions. Annals of Applied Probability, to appear.
- Amber L. Puha and Amy R. Ward. Fluid Limits for Multiclass Many Server Queues with General Reneging Distribution
and General Head-of-the-Line Scheduling Policies. Mathematics of Operations Research, to appear.
- David Aldous, Pietro Caputo, Rick Durrett, Paul Jung, Alexander E. Holroyd, and Amber
L. Puha. The Life and Mathematical Legacy of Thomas M. Liggett. Notices of the American Mathematical Society, January 2021.
- Amber L. Puha and Amy R. Ward. Scheduling an Overloaded Multiclass Many-Server Queue with Impatient Customers. Tutorials in Operations Research, Published online: 02 Oct 2019; 189--217.
- Justin A. Mulvany, Amber L. Puha and Ruth J. Williams. Asymptotic Behavior of a Critical Fluid Model for a Multiclass Processor Sharing Queue
via Relative Entropy. Queueing Systems, 93: 351--397, 2019.
- Amber L. Puha and Ruth J. Williams. Asymptotic Behavior of a Critical Fluid Model for a Processor Sharing Queue via Relative
Entropy. Stochastic Systems, 6, 251-300, 2016.
- Amber L. Puha. Diffusion limits for shortest remaining processing time queues under nonstandard spatial
scaling. Annals of Applied Probability, 25, 3381-3404, 2015.
- Otis Jennings and Amber L. Puha. The fluid limit of an overloaded FIFO queue with general abandonment distribution. Stochastic Systems, 3, 262-321, 2013.
- H. Christian Gromoll, Lukasz Kruk, and Amber L. Puha. The diffusion limit of an SRPT queue. Stochastic Systems, 1, 1-16, 2011.
- Douglas Down, H. Christian Gromoll, and Amber L. Puha. Fluid limits for shortest remaining processing time queues. Mathematics of Operations Research, 34, 880 - 911, November 2009.
- Douglas Down, H. Christian Gromoll, and Amber L. Puha. State-dependent response times via fluid limits for shortest remaining processing
time queues. San Diego ACM-Sigmetrics Performance Evaluation Review, 27, 75-76, September 2009.
- A. L. Puha, A. L. Stoylar, and R. J. Williams. The Fluid Limit of an Overloaded Processor Sharing Queue. Mathematics of Operations Research, 31, 316-350, 2006.
- Stan Barrick, Amber Puha, and CSU Information Technology Services Academic Technology Division.
CSU Math Success Web, 2004.
- A. L. Puha and R. J. Williams, Invariant States and Rates of Convergence for the Fluid Limit of Processor Sharing. Annals of Applied Probability, 14, 517-554, 2004.
- H. C. Gromoll, A. L. Puha, and R. J. Williams, The Fluid Limit for a Processor Sharing Queue. The Annals of Applied Probability,12, 797-859, 2002.
- Teaching Developmental Mathematics with ALEKS: An Implementation Guide, S. Barrick and A. L. Puha, McGraw-Hill, 2003.
- A. L. Puha, Critical Exponents for a Reversible Nearest Particle System on the Binary Tree. The Annals of Probabaility, 28(1), 395-415, 2000.
- A. L. Puha, A Reversible Nearest Particle System on the Homogeneous Tree, Journal of Theoretical Probability, 12(1), 217-254, 1999. View a list of typographical errors that unfortunately found their way into the published version.
- J. T. Chayes, A. L. Puha, and T. Sweet, Independent and Dependent Percolation. In Probability: Theory and Applications, volume 6, of IAS/Park City Mathematics
Series, editors E. Hsu and S. R. S. Varadhan, pages 49-166, Amercian Mathematical Society, 1999.
- A. L. Puha, A Reversible Interacting Particle System on the Homogeneous Tree, Dissertation, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles,
- 2009 Greater San Diego Area Mathematics Council Outstanding Post Secondary Mathematics
- 2020-21, On Sabbatical
- Enrolled students may obtain information about these courses at Cougar Courses.
2021-2022 Service and Committees
- Department of Mathematics Chair
- Coordinator, Southern California Probability Symposium
- Stochastic Networks, Applied Probability, and Performance (SNAPP) Seminar Advisory
- Mathematics of Operations Research Area Editor
- AMS International Congress of Mathematics 2022 Travel Grants Selection Committee
- Learning Assistant Program Mathematics Coordinator
- Surf Team Faculty Advisor
Interacting Particle Systems, Statistical Mechanics, and Related Topics: A conference
to honor the contributions of Thomas Liggett, UC Los Angeles IPAM, March 7-9, 2019 (w/ Marek Biskup (UCLA), Paul Jung (KAIST),
and Georg Menz (UCLA))
Stochastic Networks Conference, UC San Diego, June 20-24, 2016 (w/ Tara Javidi (UCSD Eng) and Ruth Williams (UCSD
Seminar on Stochastic Processes, UC San Diego, March 26-29, 2014 (w/ Patrick Fitzsimmons, Jason Schweinsberg, and Ruth Williams (UCSD))
A Workshop for Women in Probability, Duke University, October 14-16, 2012 (w/ Rick Durrett (Duke Univ.) and Tai Melcher
A Workshop for Women in Probability, Cornell Univeristy, Octover 5-7, 2008 (w/ Rick Durrett (Cornell Univ.), Lea Popovik
The CSUSM Surf Team was established in January 2002. It was the second Sport Club
to be recognized on campus (Women's Soccer was first). It is the longest standing
Sport Club at CSUSM. Prof. Puha has served as the Faculty Advisor since its inception.
The team competes in the NSSA College Team Season. In 2009, the team earned its first National Championship. Campus Recreation presently oversees Sport Clubs at CSUSM.
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the Surf Team.
2019 National Champions