Yaniv Almog

Department of Mathematics
Louisiana State University

Patricia Bauman 

Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
Purdue University

Patricia Bauman is a Professor of Mathematics at Purdue.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and was an NSF postdoc at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU and a Moore Instructor at MIT.  She was an AMS Centennial Research Fellow in in 1994 and has held several visiting memberships and professorships, most recently as a Visiting Research Professor at  the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge in 2013.  She has served as a member of the AMS Council, Vice Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Analysis of PDEs, and as associate editor for the SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis and the Transactions of the AMS.

She was selected as an AMS Fellow in the inaugural class of 2013.

Professor Bauman's research is in nonlinear partial differential equations and applications to materials.  In the past, she has studied the behavior of solutions to nonlinear systems of partial differential equations that describe materials, including nonlinear elasticity, superconductivity, and liquid crystals.

Maria-Carme Calderer

Professor of Mathematics
School of Mathematics
University of Minnesota

My research interests are in applied mathematics, analysis, continuum mechanics, soft condensed matter physics and materials science, with an emphasis on liquid crystals, elastomers, ferroic materials, polyelectrolyte gels, colloids, partial differential equations and calculus of variations.

I-Liang Chern

Department of Mathematics
National Taiwan University

I-Liang Chern received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Courant Institute, New York University in 1983. Currently he is a professor of mathematics at National Taiwan University and also Director of Center of Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing at National Chiao Tung University. His research interests focus on Scientific Computing, Numerical Partial Differential Equations, Image processing, and Partial Differential Equations.

Shijin DING

Dean & Professor
Department of Mathematics
South China Normal University

Shijin Ding, born in 1959, professor of mathematics in the School of Mathematical Sciences, South China Normal University since July, 1998. Ding got Ph.D. degree in 1996 in Suzhou University. From August 1996 to July 1998, Ding was a postdoctor in the Institute of Applied Physics and Computational Mathematics, Beijing.

Søren Fournais

Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Aarhus

Søren Fournais got his PhD from Aarhus University in Denmark in December 1999. After this he held postdoc positions in Aarhus, Vienna (Erwin Schrödinger Institute) and Paris (Université de Paris-Sud) before being recruited by the CNRS. In 2006 Soren Fournais moved back to Aarhus University, first as associated professor and later as professor of mathematical physics. Soren Fournais is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters and has held a Starting Independent Researcher grant from the European Research Council.

Robert Hardt

Department of Mathematics
Rice University 


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S., June, 1967
  • Brown University, Ph.D., June, 1971
  • Areas of Interest: 
  • Geometric Measure Theory, Partial Differential Equations,
  • Real Algebraic Geometry, Continuum Mechanics


  • Research Associate, Brown University, June, 1971-August, 1971
  • Instructor, University of Minnesota, September, 1971-May, 1972
  • Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, June, 1972-June, 1977
  • Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, July, 1977-September, 1981
  • Associate Head of the School of Mathematics, 1982-1984
  • Professor, University of Minnesota, September, 1981-June, 1990
  • William Moody Professor, Rice University, August 1988-present
  • Chair, Department of Mathematics, 1993-1996

Bernard Helffer

Département de Mathématiques, Université Paris-Sud 11
Laboratoire Jean Leray, Universite de Nantes

I am born in 1949 and I start my career with a research position (supported by CNRS) in 1971. I became professor in 1978 at the University of Nantes before to become Professor at University Paris-Sud 11 (after five years in Ecole Normale Superieure (Ulm)). I am now Professor Emeritus from this university. 

Outside my scientific work I have accepted many responsibilities at the national and international level. In particular I was president of the French mathematical society (SMF) during two years (2010-2012). But my main passion is to do research and this was Laurent Schwartz who convinces me, when I was student in Ecole Polytechnique, to choose mathematics. I have had the chance to participate to the microlocal adventure in the seventies and to the development of mathematical physics (semi-classical analysis) starting from the eighties.

Between around 60, my main collaborators have been J. Nourrigat, D. Robert, J. Sjostrand, A. Morame, S. Fournais, T. Ho mann-Ostenhof, X. Pan, Y. Almog and this is with them that I discovered many aspects of analysis, solving important conjectures and exploring applications of the theory. The complete list of publications includes more than 250 references and six books.

Zhen LEI

Professor of Mathematics
School of Mathematical Sciences
Fudan University

Zhen Lei is a professor of Fudan University since 2011, where he got his Ph.D. in 2006. He was a long-term visitor of Caltech, Courant, Harvard and a member of IAS. His research interests center around PDEs arising from fluid mechanics. He solved the global well-posedness of 2D incompressible elastodynamics on 2014.

Tai-Chia LIN

Department of Mathematics
National Taiwan University

Professor Tai-Chia Lin (a formal Ph.D. student of Prof. Fanghua Lin) got his Ph.D. degree of Mathematics from Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (NYU) in the year 1996. He is a full professor (since 2004) of Mathematics at National Taiwan University. He was a long term researcher of IMA (Institute of Mathematics and its Application, University of Minnesota, USA) during 8/1/2008-7/31/2009 and Shapiro visiting professor at Penn State University (USA) during 8/2-9/9 (2012) and 7/8-8/22 (2013). Besides, he was a researcher of Texas A&M University at Qatar during 2012-2014. His research interest includes nonlinear Schrödinger equations, Poisson-Boltzmann equations and Poisson-Nernst-Planck equations for physical and biological systems.

Chun LIU

Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
Pennsylvania State University

Chun LIU's current research interests center around partial differential equations, calculus of variations and their applications in complex fluids. 

Apala Majumdar

Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Bath

Apala Majumdar (AM) is Reader/Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics and EPSRC (Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council) Career Acceleration Fellow at the Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Bath, United Kingdom. AM received her Ph.D. in applied mathematics from the University of Bristol in 2006. She moved to the University of Oxford as a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellow in 2006. In 2008, AM was appointed as a Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Collaborative Applied Mathematics and Research Fellow and Tutor at Keble College, University of Oxford. She was awarded a prestigious 5-year EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship in 2011 and the British Liquid Crystal Society Young Scientist Prize in 2012. AM moved to the University of Bath in August 2012.

Jinhae Park

Associate Professor
Department of Mathematics
Chungnam National University

I received Ph.D. from the  University of Minnesota in 2006. My research interests are focused on calculus of variations, partial differential equations, nonlinear functional analysis, mathematical modeling, bifurcation theories, and numerical analysis of problems arising in materials science and condensed matter physics. I am currently interested in mathematical analysis on liquid crystals, ferroelectric solids, liquid crystal polymers, and complex fluids.

Daniel Phillips

Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics
Purdue University

Daniel Phillips received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Purdue University. He has held visiting positions at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, Penn State University, and the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

Dr. Phillips works on nonlinear elliptic and parabolic pde. He investigates order parameter descriptions (such as the complex-valued Ginzburg Landau and the tensor-valued Landau deGennes order parameters) used to describe condensed matter systems for superconductors  and liquid crystal materials. His research focuses on the characterization, nature, and evolution of topological defects in these materials.

Etienne Sandier

Département de Mathématiques
Université Paris 12 Val de Marne

Etienne Sandier obtained his PhD from University of Paris 6 in 1993. He was a junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France (2007-2012). He has been professor in Université Paris-Est Créteil since 2000.

Michael Shelley

Lilian and George Lyttle Professor of Applied Mathematics
Professor of Mathematics and Neural Science
Co-Director, Applied Mathematics Laboratory
Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
New York University

Michael Shelley earned a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Arizona (1985). He was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University, and then joined the faculty of mathematics at the University of Chicago. In 1992 he joined the Courant Institute of Mathematics at New York University where he is the George and Lilian Lyttle Professor of Applied Mathematics. He is also a Professor of Neuroscience (NYU) and Professor of Mechanical Engineering (NYU-Poly).

Among other honors, he was a Presidential Young Investigator and the recipient of the Frenkiel Award (APS) and the Julian Cole Lectureship (SIAM). He is a Fellow of both APS and SIAM.

Changyou WANG

Professor of Mathematics
University of Kentucky

Ph.D., Rice University, 1996.

Professor of Mathematics, University of Kentucky, 2006-present.  

Research areas: Nonlinear Geometric and Applied Partial Differential Equations.

Hao WU

Associate Professor in Applied Mathematics
School of Mathematical Sciences
Fudan University

Hao WU received his Ph.D. degree in applied mathematics from Fudan University in 2007. Now he is an associate professor in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Fudan University. His current research interests focus on the mathematical analysis of nonlinear evolution equations and their associated infinite dimensional dynamical systems.

Arghir Zarnescu

Department of Mathematics
University of Sussex

Arghir Zarnescu did his undergraduate studies in Iasi, Romania, and continued with a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, 2002-2006.

During his Ph.D. and immediately after his work focused on polymeric fluids and dynamical aspects of nonlinear Schroedinger equations.

After the Ph.D. he took a postdoctoral position at the University of Oxford in 2006, being a Titchmarsch Research Fellow from 2008 to 2011.

During his time in Oxford he developed an interest in the Q-tensor theory of liquid crystals, which he has been studying both from  calculus of variations as well as  complex fluids perspectives.

Since 2011 he is a permanent faculty at the University of Sussex, UK. His current work focuses on the mathematical study of liquid crystals and various aspects of classical and complex fluids.

Pingwen ZHANG

Vice Dean and Changjiang Professor
Department of Scientific & Engineering Computing (DSEC) 
School of Mathematical Sciences (SMS) 
Center for Computational Science & Engineering (CCSE) 
Peking University (PKU)

Pingwen ZHANG got his Bachelor’s degree in 1988 and Ph.D. in 1992 from Peking University, majoring in mathematics. He is a Professor of Mathematics and Executive Vice Dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences at Peking University. Pingwen serves as the Vice President of the China Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (CSIAM), Vice President of the China Society for Computational Mathematics (CCMS), and is the Chair of the Scientific Committee of CSIAM. Pingwen was a plenary speaker in the 7th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Vancouver, Canada in 2011. He has been awarded the Feng Kang Prize for scientific computing in 1999 and was selected the Changjiang Scholar for outstanding Chinese scholars in all academic fields. Pingwen’s research interest is mainly in the modeling, analysis and simulation of soft matter (complex fluids) system, especially liquid crystals and polymer.