Letter from the Chair, Professor Rachel Kuske

Rachel Kuske, Professor and Chair

Welcome to the School of Math’s new website!  Our website is not the only recent change, with my arrival as the new chair of the School in January 2017.  This is an exciting time to be joining the School, which has both a great reputation and an unmistakably climbing trajectory.  
Every day I learn more deeply about the recent advances driven by our energetic faculty, staff, and students, under the leadership of several of my predecessors.   Please read about these below in the summary from the interim chair. I will be providing an update soon, as we work together on the School’s next chapter.
-Rachel Kuske, Professor and Chair

Summary from the interim chair, Prof. Prasad Tetali:

Prasad Tetali TeachingThe School continues to evolve in exciting directions, having hired leading experts in various branches of mathematics over the years. This past hiring season alone, we recruited five terrific young faculty, four of whom are female. Thanks to the efforts of the previous Chair, Doug Ulmer, we now have a postdoctoral program (named after our distinguished late colleague, Jack Hale), significant strength in the traditionally-pure fields such as algebra, geometry, number theory, and topology, along with continuing strength in applied areas. Our faculty at large continue to overachieve, publishing in the very top-tier journals, and garnering nationally competitive research and teaching awards.

Georgia Tech prides itself in fostering and providing the infrastructure for interdisciplinary research, and the School of Mathematics contributes to this effort through faculty involvement in successful joint degree programs and research collaborations. Several math faculty, postdocs and students are engaged in projects with various schools on campus, including those of Biology, Computer Science, Computational Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Management. In line with and contributing to the Institute's mission, the School will continue its recruiting efforts to further strengthen in stochastics, discrete, and applied mathematics.

The School of Mathematics has had a longstanding tradition of offering high-quality mathematics education to the entire undergraduate body of Georgia Tech. Starting Fall 2015, the School is offering a newly-revised calculus sequence to the freshman class, and is also contributing to the recent innovations in classes related to the Governor's Honors Program. The upper administration also recognizes the central role of mathematics on campus and extends its pledge of support to the School in reaching even higher levels of success. Alumni and members of the advisory board have also been generous in continuing to support the educational and research missions of the School.

Skiles BuildingThe highlights of the School's outreach include a much-lauded Distance Calculus Program pioneered by Tom Morley for the talented high school students of the state of Georgia, the yearly High School Math Competition, and a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program training minority students from local colleges. The recent hires of Academic Professionals will provide additional support for the current and future plans of the School as it expands its efforts at increasing diversity and outreach activities.

The Associate Chair, Chris Heil, the Director of Graduate Studies, Mohammad Ghomi, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Matt Baker, provide invaluable service to the entire operation of the School. Last but not the least, the staff (including the IT support) helps the School function seamlessly and is very pleasant to interact with. Indeed it is a pleasure for me to be a part of the governance of the School and an honor to serve as the Interim, while my colleagues search for the next Chair.

Prasad Tetali
Professor and (Interim) Chair