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

Toro named Chancellor’s Professor at UC Berkeley
December 2016: Tatiana Toro will spend the spring at UC Berkeley as the Chancellor’s Visiting Professor in Mathematics while participating at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in their Harmonic Analysis program. Every year, the programs scheduled at MSRI the following year nominate leading mathematicians in the field to be the Chancellor’s Professor, with the Berkeley Math department selecting one for the position. The Chancellor’s Professor serves as a bridge between graduate students in the department and researchers visiting MSRI. As this year’s Chancellor’s Professor, Tatiana will teach a graduate course on recent developments lying at the interface of harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, and geometric measure theory.
New AMS Fellows
November 2016: Isabella Novik, Julia Pevtsova, and Tatiana Toro are among the sixty-five mathematicians from around the world who have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society for 2017. This is the fifth year of the program, which recognizes AMS members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Among the goals of the program are to create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished because of their contributions to the profession, and to honor excellence.
Gunther Uhlmann gives Swedish Academy Lecture
October 2016: The Swedish Academy took a break from awarding Nobel Prizes in October to learn from Gunther Uhlmann about Inverse problems and Harry Potter's cloak. This was part of the Academy Lectures, a series of open lectures covering the most exciting fields of science in which the Academy is active. Gunther spoke about inverse problems and the progress that has been made in achieving invisibility via transformation optics.
Thomas Rothvoss named 2016 Packard Fellow
October 2016: Thomas Rothvoss has been named one of eighteen recipients of a 2016 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. The Foundation describes the fellows as among "the nation's most innovative early-career scientists and engineers," and provides generous funding so that they have "the freedom to take risks and explore new frontiers in their fields. ... The revolutionary work of these talented researchers has the ability to profoundly impact the lives of their students and all of us in the world at large."

Thomas is a 2015 recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship and holds a joint faculty position in UW's Department of Computer Science and Engineering. The Packard citation for his award states that his "research is located in the intersection of mathematics and computer science and deals with the question of which types of computational problems can be solved efficiently by algorithms and which ones cannot. In particular, he develops techniques to find approximate solutions to computationally hard problems." For more information, see the article in UW Today.

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