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Personal Profile of Dr. Brendan Edward Hassett

Dr. Brendan Edward Hassett
Chair & Professor
Department of Mathematics

Home Page: http://math.rice.edu/~hassett/
Biography
Brendan Hassett is Milton Brockett Porter Professor of Mathematics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He received his BA in 1992 from Yale and his PhD from Harvard in 1996 under the supervision of Joseph Harris.

From 1996 to 2000 he worked as a Dickson Instructor at the University of Chicago; for part of this time he was supported by a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. He has been a faculty member at Rice since 2000 and has chaired its mathematics department since 2009. He has held visiting positions at the Mittag Leffler Institute in Stockholm, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Paris (Orsay).

Brendan’s research focus is algebraic geometry. He enjoys geometric questions inspired from number theory, problems natural from an arithmetic perspective but with surprising geometric implications. He also likes classification problems involving a wide range of techniques, from the classical theory of algebraic curves through Hodge theory and birational geometry.

Brendan has written more than 45 research papers and has authored or co-edited four books. His work has been recognized with a Sloan Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the Charles W. Duncan Award for Outstanding Faculty at Rice. He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

Brendan has co-organized more than 20 conferences and workshops, including the 2006 Clay Summer School in Arithmetic Geometry and the spring 2009 program in Algebraic Geometry at MSRI.
Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Feb 22, 2014 Feb 28, 2018
Committee of Academic Sponsors Representative May 01, 2010 May 31, 2016
Finance Committee Feb 08, 2014 Feb 28, 2018
Steering Committee Sep 30, 2014 Nov 07, 2014

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
No Memberships
  1. Workshop Modern Mathematics: An Introduction to MSRI's 2008-09 Programs

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    Oct 10, 2007
    Wednesday
    04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
      Finding Rational Curves through Prescribed Points
    Brendan Hassett (Rice University)
    Oct 11, 2007
    Thursday
    02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
      Undergraduate mini-course on the Calculus of Analytic Critical Points
    Brendan Hassett (Rice University)