The Department of Mathematics at the University of Washington is one of the major research mathematics departments in the United States. It has an excellent research reputation, a strong, demanding program of graduate study in mathematics, and a full range of excellent undergraduate course offerings. The department has approximately 60 faculty with research interests in virtually every area of mathematics. The department has about 100 full-time students in the graduate program and over 800 undergraduate majors, including 600 in the Mathematics undergraduate program and 200 in the joint ACMS program.

Recent Department News

Harry Corson (1931 - 2015)
December 2015: Former faculty member Harry Corson died on December 20, 2015, after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and studied physics as an undergraduate and Master's student at Vanderbilt University. Harry went on to earn his PhD in mathematics at Duke and taught briefly at Tulane before moving to Seattle to join the faculty at UW, where he remained until his retirement. An obituary for Harry that captures his lively personality can be found at
Gunther Uhlmann's cloaking theory successfully realized
October 2015: Recently, researchers at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona successfully constructed a magnetostatic wormhole that cloaks an electromagnetic field, applying the mathematical theory developed by Gunther Uhlmann and his colleagues in a 2007 Physical Review Letters paper. In an interview with UW Today, Ullmann notes, "The experimental side of the problem requires new materials that do not have properties that exist in nature. They have to be artificially created." The researchers in Barcelona were able to construct and design a metamaterial with just the right properties to cloak a specific magnetic field within a sphere, making the field invisible to outside detection.
Dmitriy Drusvyatskiy is a finalist for the 2015 Tucker Prize
July 2015: The Mathematical Optimization Society announced the three finalists for this year's A.W. Tucker Prize for outstanding doctoral thesis at the International Symposium on Mathematical Programming held in Pittsburgh, one finalist being our newest assistant professor, Dima Drusvyatskiy. He is cited for his 2013 thesis, Slope and Geometry in Variational Mathematics, which "distinguishes itself by its scope, developing fundamental concepts in mathematical optimization through a unique blend of semi-algebraic geometry and nonsmooth optimization theory and applying these to semi-algebraic or so-called tame optimization problems. ... Built on rich imagination and creativity, this dissertation makes an inspiring set of fundamental and far reaching conclusions in the area of nonsmooth optimization."

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