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Named Postdoctoral Fellows

Byrne Postdocs

The Byrne Postdoctoral Fellows were established as part of the Byrne Fund for Financial Mathematics and Risk Management. The fund was created to honor John J. (Jack) Byrne, through a donation by his wife Dorothy. Jack Byrne received a Masters of Actuarial Science from the UM Mathematics Department in 1959. He was a student and good friend of long-time actuarial program director Professor Cecil Nesbitt. Byrne had a long and distinguished career in the industry, including serving as Chairman and Chief Executive of GEICO for many years, head of Fireman's Fund Insurance, and founder of White Mountains Insurance Group. Jack passed away in 2013, and Dorothy is still actively supporting this cause.
 
2022-2023 
  • Purba Das
    Financial and Actuarial Mathematics
    Education/Degree:
    Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Oxford (2022)
    M.Sc, Chennai Mathematical Institute, India (2018)
    B.Sc, Chennai Mathematical Institute, India (2016)
  • Ali Kara
    Financial and Actuarial Mathematics

    Education/Degree:
    Ph.D., Queen’s University (2021)
    M.Sc., Queen’s University (2017)
    B.Sc., Bilkent University (2016)
  • Donghan Kim
    Financial and Actuarial Mathematics
    Education/Degree:
    Ph.D., Columbia University (2020)
    M.Phil., Columbia University (2018)
    M.A., Columbia University (2011)
  • Dominykas Norgilas
    Financial and Actuarial Mathematics
    Education/Degree:

    B.Sc., Queen Mary University of London (2013)
    M.Sc., Queen Mary University of London (2014)
    Ph.D., University of Warwick (2019)

        

Donald J. Lewis Postdocs

Donald J. Lewis was a UM Mathematics faculty member from 1961 until retirement in 2000. He served as chair of the Mathematics Department from 1984-1994. During his tenure as chair, he was instrumental in developing and expanding the department's postdoctoral faculty program. Don and his wife, Carolyn Dana Lewis, established funding for these postdoc positions through direct gifts and a bequest. Both have passed away--Don in 2015 and Carolyn in 2019.

2022-2023 (current)

  • Yibo Gao
    Combinatorics
    Education/ Degree:
    Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2022)
    B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2017)
  • Matthew Harrison-Trainor
    Logic and Foundations
    Education/Degree:

    Ph.D., University of California (2017)
    B.Math, University of Waterloo (2012)

  • Jonathan Husson
    Probability Theory
    Education/Degree:
    Ph.D., École normale supérieure de Lyon (2019)
    B.S., École normale supérieure de Lyon (2013)
  • Elad Zelingher
    Number Theory
    Education/Degree:

    Ph.D., Yale University (2022)

 

Parekh Assistant Professor

Anand Parekh established the Parekh Family fund to provide support to various initiatives with the Department of Mathematics. The Parekh Family Postdoctoral Fellows are specifically chosen and trained to teach in the Inquiry Based Learning program. Anand is a 1994 UM graduate, with a dual degree in English and Mathematics. In 2008 he founded Alyeska Investment Group in Chicago. In 2019, his company had more than $9 billion in assets under their management.
 
2022-2023 (current)
  • Nate Harman
    Algebra and Algebraic Geometry

    Education/Degree:
    Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2017)
    B.S., University of Massachusetts (2012)

 

National Science Foundation Postdocs

The purpose of the Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MSPRF) is to support future leaders in mathematics and statistics by facilitating their participation in postdoctoral research environments that will have maximal impact on their future scientific development. There are two options for awardees: Research Fellowship and Research Instructorship. Awards will support research in areas of mathematics and statistics, including applications to other disciplines.
 
2022-2023 
  • Robert Cass
    Number Theory
    Education/Degree:
    Ph.D., Harvard University (2021)  
  • Lena Ji
    Algebra and Algebraic Geometry
    Education/Degree:

    Ph.D, Princeton University (2021)
    B.A., Columbia University (2016)

  • Robert Laudone
    Algebra and Algebraic Geometry
    Education/Degree:

    Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (2020)
    B.S., Boston College (2015)
  • Austyn Simpson
    Algebra and Algebraic Geometry
    Education/Degree:

    Ph.D., University of Illinois Chicago (2022)
  • Theodore Weisman
    Geometry and Topology
    Education/Degree:

    Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin (2022)
     

James Van Loo Postdocs

In 2014, the Department of Mathematics received a gift from the estate of alumnus James Van Loo (BS 1967) that supports various initiatives in the area of Applied Mathematics, including the Van Loo Postdoctoral Fellowships. Mr. Van Loo began his career at General Electric in Florida, where he worked on high performance graphics. He joined Sun Microsystems in 1985 as a software engineer in internet standards and graphics, and eventually retired from Microsoft in 2009, where he worked on internet standards. Mr Van Loo was an innovator in the field, and held several patents related to computer graphics and internet standards.
 
2022-2023 
  • Philip Arathoon
    Analysis
    Education/Degree:
    Ph.D., University of Manchester (2019)
    M.Phil., University of Manchester (2015)
    M.Math., University of Cambridge (2014)
    B.A., University of Cambridge, Trinity Hall (2013)
  • Elliot Blackstone
    Applied Mathematics
    Education/Degree:

    Ph.D., University of Central Florida (2019)
    M.S., Univeristy of Central Florida (2014)
    B.S., Penn State (2011)
  • Maria Han Veiga
    Applied Mathematics
    Education/Degree:
    Ph.D., University of Zurich (2019)
    M.Sc., ETH Zurich (2015)
    B.Sc., Imperial College London (2012)
  • Dae Wook Kim
    Applied Mathematics
    Education/Degree:

    Ph.D., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (2021)
    B.S., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (2016)
  • Hui Zhu
    Mathematics
    Education/Degree:

    B.Sc., Tsinghua University (2014)
    Ph.D., Université Paris-Sud XI (2019)