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

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."
Joshua Kim named A&S Dean's Medalist in Social Sciences
May 2015: Joshua Kim has been named one of the four 2014 recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Medal, presented annually to an outstanding student in each of the College's four divisions. Joshua is a double major in Economics and Mathematics, and will begin graduate studies in economics at Stanford next year. Last January, Joshua presented some joint research at the American Economic Association annual conference in Boston, in the preliminary paper Bankruptcy Rates among NFL Players with Short-Lived Income Spikes.
David Jekel named A&S Dean's Medalist in Natural Sciences
May 2015: David Jekel has been named one of the four 2014 recipients of the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Medal, presented annually to an outstanding student in each of the College's four divisions. David is a double major in Mathematics and Classics, and will begin graduate studies in mathematics at UCLA next year. He has been doing research for a senior thesis under the supervision of Professor Tatiana Toro and additional research with Professor Jim Morrow. David is the twelfth math major in the past fourteen years to receive the natural sciences dean's medal.

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