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Congratulations to our PhD students who graduated in 2014-15

Ten graduate students from our department received their PhD in 2014-15. Here is the full list, together with the name of their advisor and their current title place of employment.

  • Tim Daley (Waterman/Smith), postdoctoral research associate, Computational Biology, USC.
  • Christian Keller (Zhang), Don Lewis Research Assistant Professor, University of Michigan.
  • Burt Newman (Kamienny), postdoctoral research associate, Department of Computer Science, USC.
  • Haining Ren (Fulman),
  • Jian Wang (Kamienny), postdoc, Tsinghua University.
  • Jared Warner (E. Friedlander), tenure-track assistant professor, City University of New York, Guttman College.
  • Andrew Williams (Honda), teacher, Flintridge Preparatory School.
  • Fan Yang (Haydn), postdoc, Federal University of Rio, Brazil.
  • Tian Zhang (Ma), data scientist, Avant Inc.
  • Zeming Zheng (Goldstein), tenure-track assistant professor, University of Science and Technology of China.

Congratulations to all of them!

Congratulations, Michael Waterman

Dr. Michael Waterman has been awarded the Dan David Prize for his seminal and influential contributions to biological sequence analysis. His algorithms are the basis of computational biology. 

Congratulations, Aaron Lauda



Dr. Aaron Lauda received a 2015 Simons Foundation fellowship, allowing him to take a full year of academic leave to pursue his theoretical mathematics research.

Congratulations, Susan Friedlander



Dr. Susan Friedlander has been elected Chair of the Executive Committee of the Mathematical Council of the Americas.

Vlad Vicol named a Sloan Fellow



The first CAMS Prize winner has been awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. Vlad Vicol, who received his PhD in 2010 from USC, is currently an Assistant Professor at Princeton University.

Aravind Asok promoted

Dr. Aravind Asok has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure. Aravind is an internationally recognized leader in A^1 homotopy theory.

David Crombecque promoted

Dr. David Crombecque has been promoted to Assistant Professor (teaching) in recognition of his many contributions to the department’s teaching mission.

Congratulations, Eric Friedlander

Dr. Eric Friedlander has been elected Chair-Elect of the Mathematics Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Albert L. Whiteman Lecture

CAMS Distinguished Lecturer

Congratulations 2014 PhD students


Nine students received their PhD from our department in 2014, and are all headed for good jobs in academia and industry. These are:

  • Diogo Bessam, going to the Catholic Pontifical University (PUC) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
  • Ibrahim Ekren, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland;
  • Umit Islak, University of Minnesota;
  • Yuan Pei, Ursinus College;
  • Grigory Sokolov, Binghamton University;
  • Yin Tian, Simons  Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook, NY;
  • Joseph Timmer, Louisiana State University;
  • Jia Zhuo, Morgan Stanley.

USC undergraduates invited to present their work at conference


Bradley Rava and Cameron Thieme will be presenting their research work at the Young Mathematicians Conference held at the Ohio State University on August 21-24. Bradley worked on P-colorability by pairs as a knot invariants, and Cameron's research was devoted to Bounds for self-intersection of closed curves in the 2-puncture plane. Both research projects were supervised by David Crombecque.

Knot a problem - by Susan Bell


A day of math-based games at USC prepares prep students to explore mathematical concepts in an engaging way. 



USC Undergraduates Bring Home Datafest 2014 Prize

Twenty one talented USC undergraduates competed in Datafest 2014 -- a 48-hour statistics hackathon held annually at UCLA's IPAM -- led by Mathematics faculty Prof. Jay Bartroff and sponsored by the Mathematics Department and the USC Applied Statistics Club. The USC team (from left to right) of Bradley Rava, Tsz Chan, Chris Funaki, Sri Ramesh, and Matthew Norris brought home one of only 3 prizes, for "Best Insight” into the massive data set on energy grid usage. The field included 140 undergraduates from Cal Poly SLO, Pomona College, UCLA, UC Riverside, and USC. Congratulations!

Susan Montgomery elected Vice President of the American Mathematical Society.

Congratulations to Professor Susan Montgomery, who has been elected as the Vice President of the American Mathematical Society.

The vice president and the members at large of the AMS Council serve for three years on the Council. That body determines all scientific policy of the Society, creates and oversees numerous committees, appoints the treasurers and members of the Secretariat, makes nominations of candidates for future elections, and determines the chief editors of several key editorial boards.

Michael Waterman elected to Chinese Academy of Sciences



After winning the 2013 People's Republic of China Friendship Award last Fall, University Professor Michael Waterman has been elected a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The USC Dornsife professor of biological sciences, computer science and mathematics is among nine foreign members from seven countries to be elected to the Academy in 2013, and one of two Americans not of Chinese origin. Waterman has a joint appointment with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.