Personal Profile of Dr. Georgia M. Benkart
Dr. Georgia M. BenkartTrustee
University of Wisconsin Home Page: http://www.math.wisc.edu/~apache/emeriti.html
Georgia Benkart earned her BS degree summa cum laude and with distinction in mathematics from Ohio State University and her MPhil and PhD degrees in mathematics from Yale University. She is E.B. Van Vleck Professor Emerita of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on Lie theory, representation theory, and combinatorics. Twenty-one students have completed their doctoral degrees under her direction.
She has held visiting positions at the Aspen Center for Physics and the Institute for Advanced Study, and at MSRI on several occasions, most recently in 2008 when she was a Simons Visiting Professor. From 2000 to 2002 she was the George Pólya Lecturer of the Mathematical Association of America. In 2012, she was elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). The more than 300 invited talks she has given during her career include plenary lectures at the Joint Mathematics Meetings on three different occasions and at the annual meetings of the Canadian Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America.
Having served as President of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 2009 to 2011, she currently is an Associate Secretary of the AMS and has served twice on the AMS Council, 1995–96 and 2010–present. She also has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Algebra, AMS Surveys and Monographs and Algebra and Number Theory.