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Personal Profile of Dr. Hélène Barcelo

Biography

Hélène Barcelo is the Deputy Director of MSRI, a position she has held since July 1, 2008. As Deputy Director, she is in charge of overseeing all scientific activities at the Institute.

A native of Québec, Canada, Hélène Barcelo received her PhD in mathematics in 1988 at the University of California, San Diego. After a three-year postdoctoral position at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, she moved to Arizona State University-Tempe campus (ASU). She is a Professor Emerita of Mathematics at ASU and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

She received the Wexler Award (ASU) for distinguished teaching, and four doctoral and eight master students completed their degree under her direction. She has held visiting positions at numerous universities and research institutes around the world.

Professor Barcelo’s research interests lie in algebraic combinatorics; more specifically, combinatorial representation theory and homotopy theories in relation to subspace arrangements. Prior to becoming Deputy Director, she spent the spring 2008 semester at MSRI as a Research Professor in the Combinatorial Representation Theory program; she was in residence at MSRI for the year-long program in Combinatorics in 1996–97; and, she visited again in Fall 2004 during the Hyperplane Arrangements and Applications program.

Professor Barcelo was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A, from 2001 to 2009 and is currently a member of its advisory board. She has served on the Executive Committee of the International Conference in Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics (FPSAC) for several years (2001–08). Professor Barcelo is also serving a three-year term on the Editorial Boards Committee of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) after serving on its Executive Committee from 2013 to 2017. She is currently on the board of Matrix, the Australian International Mathematical Research Institute, located in Melbourne.

Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Committee on Public Understanding Deputy Director, ex officio Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Committee on Trustees Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2022
Committee on Women in Mathematics Ex officio Apr 01, 2017 Mar 31, 2020
Corporate Partners Committee Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Development Committee Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Directorate Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Education Committee Ex officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Educational Advisory Committee Ex officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Endowment Campaign Committee Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Evaluation Committee Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Finance Committee Ex officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Human Resources Advisory Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Investment Committee Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Scientific Advisory Committee Ex-officio, Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Steering Committee Deputy Director, ex officio Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2020
Strategic Planning Committee Dec 01, 2016 Mar 31, 2018

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Committee of Academic Sponsors Ex-officio (Deputy Director) Jul 01, 2008 Jun 30, 2012
Directorate Jul 01, 2011 Jun 30, 2012
Recompetition Committee Deputy Director Jul 01, 2008 Jul 08, 2010