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MSRI Named Postdoctoral Fellows

Berlekamp

As Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and EECS at UC Berkeley, Elwyn Berlekamp is famous for his work in coding theory and combinatorial game theory. His passion for mathematical puzzles and problems dates back to his years as an undergraduate student, when he illustrated himself as one of the five top scorers in the notoriously difficult Putnam competition. Dr. Berlekamp is well known for the Welch-Berlekamp and Berlekamp–Massey algorithms, which are used to implement Reed–Solomon error correction. In addition, he has co-authored the books Winning Ways for your Mathematical Plays and Mathematical Go.

Dr. Berlekamp is also the recipient of several honors and prizes. In 1991, he received the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, and in 1993, the Claude E. Shannon Award, and in 1998, a Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation from the IEEE Information Theory Society. Elwyn Berlekamp is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and of the National Academy of Sciences. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996, and became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2013.

The Berlekamp Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 2014 by a group of his friends—colleagues and former students whose lives have been touched by Dr. Berlekamp in many ways.

Berlekamp Fellows

Maria Nastasescu

Maria Nastasescu

PhD, California Institute of Technology

Berlekamp Fellow, Spring 2017

Analytic Number Theory

Georg Menz

Georg Menz

PhD, University of Bonn

Berlekamp Fellow, Fall 2015

New Challenges in PDE: Deterministic Dynamics and Randomness in High and Infinite Dimensional Systems

Bao Viet Le Hung

Bao Viet Le Hung

PhD, Harvard University

Berlekamp Fellow, Spring 2015

New Geometric Methods in Number Theory and Automorphic Forms

Gamelin

Theodore Gamelin graduated from Yale with a BS in 1960, and obtained his PhD at Berkeley in 1963. After several years spent between MIT and Argentina, Dr. Gamelin joined the UCLA Mathematics Department in 1968, where his career span 40 years. The main focus of his research has been in the area between functional analysis and complex analysis. He authored several publications including a couple of research monographs on function algebras and a textbook on complex analysis. He also coauthored a textbook on topology with Robert Greene, and a monograph on complex dynamical systems with Lennart Carleson. In the course of his career Dr. Gamelin was a Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, a Alexander von Humboldt Senior Fellow at the Universität des Saarlandes, Germany, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brown University.

Dr. Gamelin became deeply involved in mathematics education in the late 1990s, initially as a math specialist in connection with the California approval process for school math textbooks, and then in 1999 as faculty advisor to the California Mathematics Project, which headquarters moved to UCLA. Dr. Gamelin continues to be involved in writing projects for a California nonprofit group (CMAT), whose current focus is on middle school mathematics. He is a primary author of a couple of textbooks that have gone through the California approval process.

Dr. Gamelin established the Gamelin Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2014 through a generous endowment gift to MSRI to support and foster young mathematical talents.

Gamelin Fellows

Michael Cantrell

Michael Cantrell

PhD, University of Oxford

Gamelin Fellow, Fall 2016

Geometric Group Theory

Bobby Wilson

Bobby Wilson

PhD, University of Chicago

Gamelin Fellow, Fall 2015

New Challenges in PDE: Deterministic Dynamics and Randomness in High and Infinite Dimensional Systems

Han Li

Han Li

PhD, Yale University

Gamelin Fellow, Spring 2015

Geometric and Arithemtic Aspects of Homogeneous Dynamics

Huneke

Craig Huneke

Craig Huneke received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1973 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1978. Twenty years later he was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship at the Max Planck Institute in Bonn. Over the years, Dr. Huneke has earned international recognition for his work advancing the field of algebra. He co-invented “tight closure” with Melvin Hochster of the University of Michigan and is highly respected for his expertise in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. He is also recognized for his talent as expositor of mathematics for a general audience as well as for the mathematically sophisticated. Dr. Huneke is also committed to mathematics education and hopes that the Huneke Postdoctoral Fellows will take some interest in math education issues.

In 2012, Dr. Huneke became the first Marvin Rosenblum Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia after serving as the Henry J. Bischoff Professor of Mathematics at the University of Kansas since 1999. Dr. Huneke is also committed to mathematics education and hopes that the Huneke Postdoctoral Fellows will take some interest in math education issues.

Huneke Fellows

Max Engelstein

Max Engelstein

PhD, University of Chicago

Huneke Fellow, Spring 2017

Harmonic Analysis

Andrea Mondino

Andrea Mondino

PhD, International School for Advanced Studies

Huneke Fellow, Spring 2016

Differential Geometry

Sara Maloni

Sara Maloni

PhD, University of Warwick

Huneke Fellow, Spring 2015

Dynamics on Moduli Spaces of Geometric Structures

Emanuel Indrei

Emanuel Indrei

PhD, University of Texas

Huneke Fellow, Spring 2014

Optimal Transport: Geometry and Dynamics

Claudiu Raicu

Claudiu Raicu

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Huneke Fellow, Spring 2013

Commutative Algebra

McDuff

Dusa McDuff received her Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1971. She has been in the United States since 1978, first as an Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University. While at Stony Brook she served as Department Chair and Undergraduate Director, and has been interested in educational issues at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as being active in encouraging more women to study mathematics. She joined the faculty at Barnard College in 2007.

Dr. McDuff has worked in symplectic topology since the early 1980s. She has written over 90 papers, as well as co-authored three books with Dietmar Salamon, most recently J-holomorphic curves and Symplectic Topology. McDuff has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, UC Berkeley, MIT, Harvard and, at MSRI (twice) as a mathematician, in addition to serving on MSRI’s Scientific Advisory Committee (1990-98, Chair 1993-96). She has served on the MSRI Board of Trustees (1998-2002 and 2005-present) and she was elected Chair (1998-2001).

Dr. McDuff has been awarded numerous honors including the first Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize of the American Mathematical Society in 1991 and honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh (where she was a undergraduate) and the Universities of York and Strasbourg. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in London in 1994 and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995; she became a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1999.

McDuff Fellows

David Hume

David Hume

PhD, Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

McDuff Fellow, Fall 2016

Gemometric Group Theory

Strauch

Roger Strauch

Robert Strauch is the current chair of the MSRI Board of Trustees. He is Chairman of The Roda Group, a seed stage venture capital group, based in Berkeley, California. His firm, co-founded in 1997 with Dan Miller, provides entrepreneurs the resources, environment, and guidance to launch and grow their high technology businesses. The Roda Group was the largest investor in Solazyme, a renewable oil and bioproducts company and the leader in algal biotechnology.

In addition, Mr. Strauch is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cool Systems, the manufacturer of Game Ready, a medical physical therapy system. He was the first CEO and former chairman of Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com).

Mr. Strauch is also a member of the Engineering Dean’s College Advisory Boards of the University of California at Berkeley and Cornell University, and the recipient of the 2002 Wheeler Oak Meritorious Award from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2006, Mr. Strauch and his wife Dr. Julie Kulhanjian were named and honored as “Builders of Berkeley.”

Strauch Fellows

Marina Iliopoulou

Marina Iliopoulou

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Strauch Fellow, Spring 2017

Harmonic Analysis

Heather Macbeth

Heather Macbeth

PhD, Princeton University

Strauch Fellow, Spring 2016

Differential Geometry

Jasmin Matz

Jasmin Matz

PhD, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Strauch Fellow, Fall 2014

New Geometric Methods in Number Theory and Automorphic Forms

Pierre Simon

Pierre Simon

PhD, Université de Paris XI

Strauch Fellow, Spring 2014

Model Theory, Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory

Uhlenbeck

Karen Uhlenbeck

Karen Uhlenbeck is currently a trustee of the MSRI. She received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1968. Following appointments at MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago, she has held since 1987 the Sid W. Richardson Foundations Regents Chair III in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. From 2014-2017 she is a visiting Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She also served as the Vice-President of the American Mathematical Society (1987-90).

Dr. Uhlenbeck is a highly distinguished mathematician specializing in differential geometry, non-linear partial differential equations, and mathematical physics. At the same time, her efforts across the educational spectrum, especially her role as a founder of the Park City-IAS Mathematical Institute, have added vitality to the mathematical scene. Uhlenbeck’s mentoring, both formal (she co-founded the Annual Women in Mathematics Program at the IAS) and informal, is legendary.

Dr. Uhlenbeck has been awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the Steele Prize of the American Mathematical Society, and the U.S. National Medal of Science. In 1990, she became the second woman (after Emmy Noether in 1932) to present a plenary lecture at an International Congress of Mathematics. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Professor Uhlenbeck is the recipient of seven honorary degrees, most recently from Harvard, Princeton and Brandeis Universities.

Uhlenbeck Fellows

Naser Talebizadeh Sardari

Naser Talebizadeh Sardari

PhD, University of Chicago

Uhlenbeck Fellow, Spring 2017

Analytic Number Theory

Viterbi

Andrew Viterbi

Andrew Viterbi served on the MSRI Board of Trustees from April 2001 through February 2013. He is the co-inventor of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) based digital cellular technology. In 2000, Dr. Viterbi retired from his position as vice chairman of the board of Qualcomm, a company he helped found in 1985. He had served as the company’s chief technical officer until 1996, when he became its vice chairman.

Before founding Qualcomm, Dr. Viterbi co-founded Linkabit Corporation, a digital communications company, in 1968. He is the inventor of the Viterbi Algorithm, a decoding algorithm used in most digital communication systems. Dr. Viterbi has spent some of his career in academia as professor in the Schools of Engineering at both UC Los Angeles and UC San Diego. Dr. Viterbi is now professor emeritus at UC San Diego.

Dr. Viterbi and his daughter, Dr. Audrey Viterbi, established The Viterbi Group in 2000. The company advises and invests in startup companies, predominantly in the wireless communications and network infrastructure fields. Dr. Viterbi is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and was a member of President Clinton’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. Andrew lives in the San Diego area.

Viterbi Fellows

Julia Brandes

Julia Brandes

PhD, University of  Bristol

Viterbi Fellow, Spring 2017

Analytic Number Theory

Jenya Sapir

Jenya Sapir

PhD, Standford University

Viterbi Fellow, Fall 2016

Geometric Group Theory

Chengjian Yao

Chengjian Yao

PhD, State University of New York, Stony Brook

Viterbi Fellow, Spring 2016

Differential Geometry

Dana Mendelson

Dana Mendelson

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Viterbi Fellow, Fall 2015

New Challenges in PDE: Deterministic Dynamics and Randomness in High and Infinite Dimensional Systems

Guillaume Dreyer

Guillaume Dreyer

PhD, University of Southern California

Viterbi Fellow, Spring 2015

Dynamics on Moduli Spaces of Geometric Structures

Sam Gunningham

Sam Gunningham

PhD, Northwestern University

Viterbi Fellow, Fall 2014

Geometric Representation Theory

Vesna Stojanoska

Vesna Stojanoska

PhD, Northwestern University

Viterbi Fellow, Spring 2014

Alebraic Topology

Maria Chlouveraki

Maria Chlouveraki

PhD, Université de Paris VII (Denis Diderot)

Viterbi Fellow, Spring 2013

Noncommutative Algebraic Geometry and Representation Theory

Anna Sakovich

Anna Sakovich

PhD, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Viterbi Fellow, Fall 2013

Mathematical General Relativity

Fan Qin

Fan Qin

PhD, Université Paris Diderot

Viterbi Fellow, Fall 2012

Cluster Algebras

Shawn Drenning

Shawn Drenning

PhD, The University of Chicago

Viterbi Fellow, Spring 2012

Random Spatial Processes

Irine Peng

Irine Peng

PhD, The University of Chicago

Viterbi Fellow, Fall 2011

Quantitative Geometry

John Andersson

John Andersson

PhD, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan

Viterbi Fellow, Spring 2011

Free Boundary Problems, Theory and Applications

Brooke Feigon

Brooke Feigon

PhD, University of California, Los Angeles

Viterbi Fellow, Spring 2011

Arithmetic Statistics

Brooke Feigon

Julia Elisenda Grigsby

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Viterbi Fellow, Spring 2010

Homology Theory of Knots & Links

Erwan Brugalle

Erwan Brugalle

PhD, École Polytechnique in Paris

Viterbi Fellow, Fall 2009

Tropical Geometry

Chenyang Xu

Chenyang Xu

PhD, Princeton University

Viterbi Fellow, Spring 2009

Algebraic Geometry

Tom Sanders

Tom Sanders

PhD, University of Cambridge

Viterbi Fellow, Fall 2008

Ergodic Theory and Additive Combinatorics

Lauren Williams

Lauren Williams

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

Viterbi Fellow, Spring 2008

Combinational Representation Theory