Alexander Gamburd appointed to the Graduate Center
Presidential Professor, Ph.D. Program in Mathematics
Alexander Gamburd joins the faculty as Presidential Professor of mathematics. He specializes in spectral problems in number theory, probability, and combinatorics. His recent work concerns expander graphs, which are highly connected sparse graphs with wide-ranging applications in computer science and mathematics, and his research has resolved major conjectures in proving expansion for Cayley graphs by using recently developed tools from arithmetic combinatorics. This work has a number of applications, in particular in quantum computation theory of quasi-crystals and distribution of prime numbers in non-abelian groups. In 2008, he won a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on a beginning scientist or engineer. He currently holds grants for his work in expander graphs from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Science Foundation’s Early Career Development Program. Gamburd, who comes to the Graduate Center from the University of California–Santa Cruz, has given dozens of presentations at universities, institutes, and seminars and has published widely. He has received the Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, the von Neumann Early Career Fellowship at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, and other fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques. Gamburd holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University. Alexander Gamburd was appointed to the Graduate Center in the Fall of 2011.
Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Gamburd
Submitted on: JUL 7, 2011