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Personal Profile of Dr. Kristin Lauter

Dr. Kristin Lauter
Head of West Coast Research Labs

Kristin Estella Lauter is an American mathematician and cryptographer whose research areas are number theory, algebraic geometry, and applications to cryptography. She is particularly known for her work on homomorphic encryption, elliptic curve cryptography, and for introducing supersingular isogeny graphs as a hard problem into cryptography. She is a Principal Researcher and Partner Research Manager of the Cryptography Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. She served as President of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 2015 –2017. Lauter was Polya Lecturer for the Mathematical Association of America for 2018-2020.

Lauter received her BA, MS, and Ph.D degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, in 1990, 1991, and 1996, respectively. Prior to joining Microsoft, she held positions as a visiting scholar at Max Planck Institut fur Mathematik in Bonn, Germany (1997), T.H. Hildebrandt Research Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan (1996-1999), and a visiting researcher at Institut de Mathematiques Luminy in France (1999).

She is a co-founder of the Women in Numbers Network, a research collaboration community for women in number theory, and she was the lead PI for the AWM NSF Advance Grant (2015-2020) to create and sustain research networks for women in all areas of mathematics. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Banff International Research Station and has served on the Council of the American Mathematical Society (2014-2017).

In 2008 Lauter and her coauthors were awarded the Selfridge Prize at ANTS VIII. She was elected to the 2015 Class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to arithmetic geometry and cryptography as well as service to the community." In 2017, she was selected as a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the inaugural class. In 2020, Lauter was elected to the 2020 Class of Fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the 2020 Class of Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Feb 19, 2018 Feb 28, 2022
Committee on Women in Mathematics Apr 01, 2019 Mar 31, 2025

Past Committee Membership
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  1. Workshop Number-theoretic cryptography workshop

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    Oct 17, 2000
    03:30 PM - 04:30 PM
      Genus three curves over finite fields
    Kristin Lauter (Facebook AI Research (FAIR))