Dr. Mark Tomforde
Curriculum Vitae
POSITIONS HELD
Associate Professor, University of
Houston,
2012  present
Assistant Professor, University of
Houston,
2006  2012
Visiting Assistant Professor, College of
William & Mary,
2005  2006
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of
Iowa, 2002  2005
Instructor of Mathematics, Dartmouth
College, 1999  2002
EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Mathematics, Dartmouth
College, June 2002
Advisor: Dana
P. Williams
Thesis: Extensions of graph C*algebras
M.A. in Mathematics, Dartmouth
College, June 1999
B.A. in Mathematics, Gustavus
Adolphus College, June 1997
graduated Summa Cum Laude and with
departmental honors in mathematics
RESEARCH
Refereed Publications
 Reconstruction of groupoids and
C*rigidity of dynamical systems, with Toke Meier Carlsen,
Efren Ruiz, and Aidan Sims, submitted.
 Naimark's problem for graph
algebras, with Nishant Suri, submitted.
 Classification of graph
algebras: A selective survey, Operator Algebras and Applications, Proceedings
of the 2015 Abel Symposium, (Eds. T.M. Carlsen, N.S. Larsen, S. Neshveyev, and C. Skau),
Springer, (2016), 297320.
 Chaotic behavior in a forecast
model (with Michael Boyle), Pi Mu Epsilon J. 14 (2016), 237242.
 The ranges of Ktheoretic
invariants for nonsimple graph algebras (with Søren
Eilers, Takeshi Katsura, and James West), Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 368
(2016), 38113847
 Ktheory for Leavitt path
algebras: computation and classification (with James Gabe, Efren Ruiz, and
Tristan Whalen), J. Algebra 433 (2015), 3572.
 The nuclear dimension
of graph C*algebras (with Efren Ruiz and Aidan Sims), Adv. Math. 272
(2015), 96123.
 A class of
C*algebras that are prime but not
primitive (with Gene Abrams), Münster J. Math. 7 (2014), 489514.
 The prime spectrum and the primitive ideal
space of a graph C*algebra (with Gene Abrams), Internat. J. Math.
25 no. 7 (2014), 1450070, 22 pp.
 Identifying AFalgebras
that are graph C*algebras (with Søren
Eilers, Takeshi Katsura, and Efren Ruiz), J. Funct. Anal. 266 (2014), 39683996.
 Onesided shift
spaces over infinite alphabets (with William Ott and Paulette
Willis), New York Journal of Mathematics. NYJM Monographs 5. State University
of New York, University at Albany, Albany, NY (2014), 54 pp.
 A groupoid
generalization of Leavitt path algebras (with Lisa Orloff
Clark, Cynthia Farthing, and Aidan Sims), Semigroup Forum 89 (2014), 501517.
 Ideals in graph
algebras (with Efren Ruiz), Algebr. Represent. Theory 17
(2014), 849861.
 Classification of
unital simple Leavitt path algebras of infinite graphs (with Efren
Ruiz), J. Algebra 384 (2013), 4583.
 Idealrelated Ktheory for
Leavitt path algebras and graph C*algebras (with Efren Ruiz),
Indiana Univ. Math. J. 62 (2013), 15871620.
 Quotients, exactness, and
nuclearity in the operator
system category (with Ali Kavruk, Ivan Todorov, and
Vern Paulsen), Adv. Math. 235 (2013) 321360.
 Index maps in the
Ktheory of graph algebras (with Toke Carlsen and Søren
Eilers), J. Ktheory 9 (2012), 385406.
 Isomorphism and
Morita equivalence of graph algebras (with Gene Abrams), Trans.
Amer. Math. Soc. 363 (2011), 37333767.
 Tensor products of
operator systems (with Ali Kavruk, Ivan Todorov, and
Vern Paulsen), J. Funct. Anal. 261 (2011), 267299.
 Leavitt path algebras with
coefficients in a commutative ring, J. Pure Appl. Algebra
215 (2011), 471484.
 Operator system
structures on ordered spaces (with Vern Paulsen and Ivan Todorov),
Proc. London Math. Soc. 102 (2011), 2549.
 Frame
theory for binary vector spaces (with Bernhard Bodmann, My Le,
Letty Reza, and Matthew Tobin), Involve 2 (2010), 589602.
 On the
classification of nonsimple graph C*algebras (with
Søren Eilers), Math. Ann. 346 (2010), 393418.
 Graph algebras, ExelLaca
algebras, and ultragraph algebras coincide up to Morita
equivalence (with Takeshi Katsura, Paul S. Muhly, and Aidan Sims),
J. Reine Angew. Math. 640 (2010), 135165.
 Realizations of
AFalgebras as graph algebras, ExelLaca algebras, and ultragraph
algebras (with
Takeshi Katsura and Aidan Sims), J. Funct. Anal. 257 (2009),
15891620.
 Continuity of ring
*homomorphisms between C*algebras, New York J. Math. 15
(2009), 17.

Equiangular tight frames from complex Seidel matrices containing cube
roots of unity (with Bernhard Bodmann and Vern I. Paulsen),
Linear Algebra Appl. 430 (2009), 396417.

Vector spaces with an order unit (with Vern I. Paulsen),
Indiana Univ. Math. J. 58 (2009), 13191360.

Ultragraph C*algebras via topological quivers (with Takeshi
Katsura, Paul S. Muhly, and Aidan Sims), Studia Math. 187
(2008), 137155.

Strong Shift Equivalence of C*correspondences (with Paul
S. Muhly and David Pask), Israel J. Math. 167 (2008), 315346.

Uniqueness theorems and ideal structure for Leavitt path
algebras, J. Algebra 318 (2007), 270299.
 The structure of graph
C*algebras and generalizations, Chapter in the book "Graph
Algebras: Bridging the gap between analysis and algebra", Eds. Gonzalo
Aranda Pino, Francesc Perera Domenech, and Mercedes Siles Molina,
Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Málaga,
Málaga, Spain,
(2006).

Strong Shift Equivalence in the C*algebraic setting: Graphs and
C*correspondences, Contemporary Mathematics, Proceedings of the
25th Meeting of the Great Plains Operator Theory
Symposium, American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, (2006)
221230.

Topological quivers (with Paul S. Muhly), Internat. J. Math.
16 (2005), 693756.

The C*algebras of arbitrary graphs (with
Doug Drinen), Rocky Mountain J. Math. 35 (2005), 105135.

Classification theorems for the C*algebras of graphs with
sinks (with Iain Raeburn and Dana P. Williams), Bull. Austral.
Math. Soc. 70 (2004), 143161.

Adding tails to C*correspondences (with Paul S. Muhly),
Documenta Math. 9 (2004), 79106.

Stability of C*algebras associated to graphs, Proc. Amer.
Math. Soc. 132 (2004), 17871795.

A unified approach to ExelLaca algebras and C*algebras associated to
graphs, J. Operator Theory 50 (2003), 345368.

Simplicity of ultragraph algebras, Indiana Univ. Math. J.
52 (2003), 901926.

Computing Ext for graph algebras, J. Operator Theory
49 (2003), 363387.

The ordered K_{0}group of a graph C*algebra, C. R.
Math. Acad. Sci. Soc. R. Can. 25 (2003), 1925.

Computing Ktheory and Ext for graph C*algebras (with
Doug Drinen), Illinois J. Math. 46 (2002), 8191.

Ext classes and embeddings for C*algebras of graphs with
sinks, New York J. Math. 7 (2001), 233256.
Books and Monographs
 Onesided shift
spaces over infinite alphabets (with William Ott and Paulette
Willis), New York Journal of Mathematics. NYJM Monographs 5. State University
of New York, University at Albany, Albany, NY, 2014. 54 pp.
 The structure of graph
C*algebras and generalizations, Chapter in the book "Graph
Algebras: Bridging the gap between analysis and algebra", Eds. Gonzalo
Aranda Pino, Francesc Perera Domenech, and Mercedes Siles Molina,
Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Málaga,
Málaga, Spain,
(2006).
Conference Proceedings and NonRefereed Publications
Editor for Advances in Operator Theory, Spring 2016  present
Advances in Operator Theory (AOT) is an international, open access (free of charge),
and peerreviewed quarterly journal that publishes papers of high standards within
the fields of operator theory (MSC 47), functional analysis (MSC 46), matrix
analysis (MSC 15), abstract harmonic analysis (MSC 43), and related topics in
PDE and ODE.
Invited Addresses and Workshops
 Plenary speaker at the Great Plains Operator Theory Symposium (GPOTS), Texas
Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas. May 2226, 2017
 Plenary speaker at the
12th Annual Texas
Undergraduate Mathematics Conference,
Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. October 2016
 Invited participant at MittagLeffler
Institute of the Royal Swedish Academy of
Sciences, Spring 2016
 Invited Panelist at the Field of Dreams Conference of
the Math Alliance, November 2015
 I served on a panel entitled ``How to Prepare for your First Academic Position".
 Invited Participant and Speaker at
the Abel Symposium, August 2015
 The annual Abel Symposium is funded by the Niels Henrik Abel Memorial Fund,
and administrated by the Norwegian Mathematical Society and the Norwegian
Academy of Sciences and Letters. The topic of the 2015 Abel Symposium was
Operator Algebras and Applications
and the symposium was held on the
Hurtigruten
cruise ship, which sailed from Bergen, Norway to Harstad, Norway.
 I gave an invited talk at the symposium: "Classification of algebras using C*algebra techniques"
 Main Speaker at Master
Class on Dynamical Systems and C*algebras, July and August, 2015
 Funded by the Foundation for DanishNorwegian Cooperation, there were
two weeklong sessions of the workshop, with a change of venue.
 Week 1: July 2226, 2015 at
Schæffergården
in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The focus was Dynamical Systems and the main speaker was Doug Lind.
 Week 2: August 26, 2015 at Lysebu
in Oslo, Norway.
The focus was C*algebras and the main speaker was Mark Tomforde.
I attended both weeks of the workshop.
 Invited Speaker at the University of Dayton, February 2015
 I gave a colloquium talk: "Dynamical systems and the classification of C*algebras and algebras
 Invited Speaker at the University of NebraskaLincoln, December 2014
 Colloquium Talk: "Using results from dynamical systems to
classify algebras and C*algebras"
 I also gave a general talk on CHAMP, the outreach program at UH that I created and direct,
entitled "CHAMP: STEM Outreach for High School Students in InnerCity Houston"
 Invited Panelist at the Field of Dreams Conference of
the Math Alliance, November 2014
 I was asked to serve on a panel discussing successful mentoring of undergraduate students.
 Invited Speaker at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, April
2014
 Colloquium Talk: "Using results from dynamical systems to
classify algebras and C*algebras"
 Ring Theory Seminar Talk: "Classification of Leavitt path algebras
using algebraic Ktheory"
 Invited Speaker at the workshop Flow
equivalence of graphs, shifts, and C*algebras at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark,
November 2013
 "Flow equivalence and its uses in the classification of C*algebras and algebras"
 Invited Speaker at the Field of Dreams Conference of
the Math Alliance, November 2013
 Invited Research Visitor at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo, May
2013June 2013
 Participated in research group with Dr. Efren Ruiz from University of
Hawai'i at Hilo and Dr. Aidan Sims from University of Wollongong,
Australia
 Organizer and Invited Participant at Graph
Algebras: Bridges
between graph C*algebras and Leavitt path algebras workshop held at
the
Banff International Research Station (BIRS) in Banff, Canada, April 2013
 Classification of Leavitt path algebras: How to use tools from the
classification of C*algebras in the Algebra setting
 Invited Speaker at University of Hawai'i Manoa, March 2013
 Colloquium Talk: "Classification of Leavitt path algebras: How to use
tools from the classification of C*algebra in the Algebra setting"
 Invited Speaker at Sam Houston State University,
February 2013
 Colloquium Talk: "Classification of unital Leavitt path algebras"
 Invited Speaker at Union College in Schenectady, New York,
February 2013
 Colloquium Talk: "Tracial States on C*algebras of graphs"
 Invited Speaker at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, September
2012
 Colloquium Talk: "Leavitt path algebras and the legacy of Bill
Leavitt"
 Algebra Seminar Talk: "Classification of Leavitt path algebras: How
to use tools from the classification of C*algebras in the Algebra
setting"
 Invited Visitor at the University of Copenhagen, August 2012
 "An introduction to Leavitt path algebras for functional analysts"
 Invited Speaker at the Ring Theory Seminar at University of Colorado
at
Colorado Springs, May 2012
 "The role of the sign of the determinant in the classification of
Leavitt path algebras"
 Invited Participant at Endomorphisms,
Semigroups, and C*algebras of Rings workshop held at the
Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach in Oberwolfach, Germany,
April 2012.
 Invited Speaker at AMS Special Session on C*algebras
and Index Theory held at the AMS Sectional Meeting, University of
Hawai'i at Manoa, March 2012
 "Classification of graph C*algebras and the Extension Problem"
 Invited Colloquium Speaker at the University of Louisiana at
Lafayette, October 2011
 "Classification of nonsimple graph C*algebras"
 Invited Visitor at the Centre de Recerca Matemática (CRM) in
Barcelona, Spain, June 2011
 Invited Visitor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2011
 "Classification of nonsimple graph C*algebras up
to stable isomorphism"
 Invited Colloquium Speaker at the University of Texas at San Antonio,
March 2011
 "Leavitt path algebras and Graph C*algebras"
 Invited Colloquium Speaker at Sam Houston State University, February
2010
 "Leavitt path algebras and Graph C*algebras"
 Invited Participant at Classification
of amenable C*algebras workshop held at the Banff
International Research Station (BIRS) in Banff, Canada, September 2010
 "Classification of nonsimple graph C*algebras"
 Invited Visitor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, July 2010
 Invited Colloquium Speaker at the University of Louisiana at
Lafayette, March
2010
 "Graph C*algebras and Leavitt path algebras"
 Organizer and Invited Speaker at Special Session on "Graph
Algebras in Analysis and Algebra" at 2010
Joint Meetings, January 2010
 "Isomorphism and Morita equivalence of graph algebras"
 Invited Participant at Cuntz
semigroup workshop held at the American Institute of
Mathematics (AIM) in Palo Alto, California,
November 2009
 Invited Speaker at East Coast
Operator Algebra Symposium, Texas A&M University, October 2009
 "Tensor products of operator systems"
 Invited Visitor at the University of Copenhagen, January 2009
 "Classification of oneideal graph C*algebras"
 Invited Speaker at Operator
Algebras, Dynamics, and Classification workshop at Texas A&M
University, August 2008
 "Graph algebras and the Classification Program"
 Visiting Honorary Fellow at the University of Wollongong, Australia,
May 2008  June 2008
 "Ordered vector spaces with an order unit"
 Invited Speaker at C*algebras
Associated to Discrete and Dynamical Systems
workshop held at the Banff
International Research Station (BIRS) in Banff, Canada, January 2008
 Invited Speaker at
JapanUS Operator Algebra Seminar and West Coast Operator Algebra
Seminar, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, January 2007
 "Leavitt path algebras: At the crossroads of Algebra and Functional
Analysis"
 Invited Speaker at Graph
Algebra Workshop at
the University of Málaga (Spain), July 2006
 "Ideal structure of graph C*algebras"
 "Arbitrary graph algebras and desingularization"
 "Ktheory and the classification of simple graph C*algebras"
 "Generalizations of graph C*algebras"
 Distinguished Visitor Lectures at the University of
Nebraska, Lincoln, March
2006
(Travel supported by Lincoln Research Council Visiting Scholar Grant)
 "Adding tails to C*correspondences"
 "C*algebras of directed graphs"
Presentations and Contributed Talks
 "Classification of Leavitt path algebras using algebraic Ktheory",
Great Plains Operator Theory Symposium, Kansas State University, May 2014
 "Using results from dynamical systems to classify algebras and
C*algebras, I and II", two onehour lectures at the Summer School on Dynamical Systems
held at the University of Houston, April 2014
 "Graph C*algebras and the Classification Program", Great Plains
Operator Theory Symposium, Arizona State University, May 2011
 "Classification of oneideal graph C*algebras", Great
Plains Operator Theory Symposium, University of
Colorado at Boulder, June 2009
 "Equiangular tight frames from complex Seidel matrices", Great
Plains Operator Theory Symposium, University of Cincinnati, June 2008
 "Graded Uniqueness for Leavitt path algebras", Great
Plains Operator Theory Symposium, University of
Nebraska, Lincoln, May 2007
 "Leavitt path algebras: At the crossroads of Algebra and Functional
Analysis", Colloquium, University of Houston, January 2007
 "An introduction to graph C*algebras", Texas A&M University,
October 2006
 "Graphs, Tracial States, and C*algebras", University of
Mississippi, April 2006
 "C*algebras of directed graphs", University of Mississippi, April
2006
 "C*algebras of directed graphs", University of Houston, April 2006
 "Graphs, Tracial States, and C*algebras", Fairfield University,
March 2006
 "C*algebras and their presentations", Fairfield University, March
2006
 "C*algebras of directed graphs", University of Hawai'i,
Manoa, February 2006
 "C*algebras, Graphs, and Topological Quivers", University of
Denver, February 2006
 "C*algebras of directed graphs", Washington and Lee University,
January 2006
 "C*algebras of directed graphs", Susquehanna University, October
2005
 "Using directed graphs to describe C*algebras", College of
William & Mary, October 2005
 "Strong Shift Equivalence for C*correspondences", Great
Plains Operator Theory Symposium, University of Central Florida, June 2005
 "Strong Shift Equivalence in the C*algebra setting" (Colloquium),
University of Iowa, April 2005
 "C*algebras, Graphs, and Topological Quivers", The College of
William & Mary, January 2005
 "Topological Quivers", University of Newcastle, Australia, August
2004
 "An introduction to Ultragraph C*algebras", NSFCBMS Conference
on Graph Algebras, University of Iowa, June 2004
 "C*algebras associated to Topological Quivers", Great Plains
Operator Theory Symposium, University of Illinois, UrbanaChampaign, June
2003
 "GaugeInvariant Uniqueness for Relative CuntzPimsner
algebras", IowaNebraska Functional Analysis Seminar, Drake University,
October 2002
 "Tracial states of graph algebras", Great Plains
Operator Theory Symposium, University of North Carolina at Charlotte,
February 2002
 "Simplicity of C*algebras associated to graphs",
University of Oregon, February 2002
 "C*algebras of infinite graphs", University of Western
Michigan, February 2002
 "Functional Analysis, C*algebras, and directed graphs",
Davidson College, January 2002
 "C*algebras of labeled graphs", University of
Newcastle, Australia, September 2001
 "Computing Ext for graph C*algebras", Great Plains
Operator Theory Symposium, University of New Hampshire, June 2001
 "Creating C*algebras from directed graphs", Allegheny
College, March 2001
 "C*algebras generated by partial isometries and
projections", College of the Holy Cross, February 2001
 "Simplicity for C*algebras of graphs", University of
Denver, February 2001
 "An overview of Ktheory", Graduate Student Seminar,
Dartmouth College, Fall 2000
 "Extensions of graph algebras", Great Plains
Operator Theory Symposium, Puerto Rico, May 2000
 "C*algebras of graphs", Graduate Student Seminar,
Dartmouth College, Spring 2000
Grants and External Funding
 $42,000 Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant, PI: Mark Tomforde, This grant
provides $8,400 per year ($6,000 for collaboration, travel, and research
expenses, $1,000 in discretionary funds, and $1,400 in indirect costs) for a total
of 5 years, September 1, 2017  August 31, 2022.
 $35,000 NSF grant "Applications of Model Theory to Operator Algebras", to host
a conference at the University of Houston from July 31  August 4, 2017. PI: Mark
Tomforde, CoPI: Mehrdad Kalantar, DMS1700316,
June 1 , 2017  May 31, 2018.
 $17,500,
TensorSUMMA
Grant from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
Funding for this grant is provided by the Tensor Foundation and awarded by
the MAA to projects designed to encourage the pursuit and enjoyment
of mathematics by students who are members of groups historically
underrepresented in the field of mathematics, Sept. 1, 2015  Aug. 31, 2018
 $40,610, NSF grant "Classification of C*algebras, Flow Equivalence
of Shift Spaces, and Graphs and Leavitt Path Algebras" to
organize and host a conference at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette,
PI: Ping Ng, CoPI: Leonel Roberts, Main Speaker: Søren Eilers,
Senior Personnel: Mark Tomforde, DMS1501104, March 1, 2015  February 28, 2016.
 $45,500 NSF grant to organize and host Houston Summer School on Dynamical Systems
in Spring 2014, PI: Vaughn Climenhaga, CoPIs: Matt Nicol, William Ott, Mark Tomforde, and
Andrew Török, DMS1363024, April 1, 2014  March 31, 2015.
 $35,000 Simons
Foundation Collaboration Grant, PI: Mark
Tomforde, This grant provides $6,000 per year for travel
and $1,000 per year for IDC, for a total of 5 years, October 1, 2011 
September 31, 2016.
 $25,000 NSF grant to organize and host the Great
Plains Operator Theory Symposium (GPOTS) in Spring 2011 and Spring
2012, PI: Vern Paulsen, CoPIs: David Blecher and Mark Tomforde, DMS1101654, January 15, 2011 
December 31, 2013.
 $135,000 NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship,
PI: Paulette Willis, Sponsoring Scientist: Mark Tomforde, September 2010  August 2013.
(Note: The applications for the NSF MSPRF are composed jointly by the PI and
sponsoring scientist, and awards are based on materials submitted by each.)
 $30,000 NSA Grant in Algebra, "Leavitt path algebras
and their generalizations", PI: Mark Tomforde, October 2009 
September 2011.
 $31,300 NSFCBMS Regional Conference in the
Mathematical Sciences "Graph Algebras: Operator Algebras
We Can See" PI: Paul Muhly, CoPI: Mark Tomforde, September 2003 
August 2004.
 $108,000 NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral
Research Fellowship, PI: Mark Tomforde, Sponsoring Scientist: Paul
Muhly, September 2002  August 2005.
Funding to Support Students
 $3,800
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to support undergraduate
research project with University of Houston undergraduate Catherine Godfrey, Summer 2016.
 $1,000
Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) to
support undergraduate research project with University of
Houston undergraduate Catherine Godfrey, Spring 2016.
 $3,800
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to support undergraduate
research project with University of Houston undergraduate Sarah Chehade, Summer 2015.
 $500 Travel Grant from AMS, allowed my graduate student, Tristan Whalen, to
attend the Joint Meetings of the AMS and MAA in January 2015.
 $3,800
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to
support undergraduate research project with University of
Houston undergraduate Tanya Chen, Summer 2014.
 $2,400 Research Experience for
Undergraduates (REU) funding from
UH Mathematics Department to support undergraduate research project with
Texas Southern University undergraduate Ariel Bowman, Summer 2014.
 $1,000
Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) to
support undergraduate research project with University of
Houston undergraduate Michael Boyle, Fall 2013.
 $500 Travel Grant from AMS, allowed my graduate student, Tristan Whalen,
to attend an AMS Sectional Meeting in March 2012.
 $10,000 Departmental Minigrant for research on the
topic of Leavitt path algebras in Functional Analysis and Algebra, Summer
2008.
 $10,000 Departmental Minigrant to develop the course
"Honors Linear Algebra", a course in our new sequence of
Honors Calculus and Honors ODE's for freshmen and sophomores, Summer 2008.
 $10,000 Departmental Minigrant to develop the course
Math 3397 "Transitions to Mathematics", a first proofs course for
undergraduates, Summer 2007.
Conferences Organized
 "Applications of
Model Theory to Operator Algebras, support provided by NSF grant
DMS1700316 (PI: Mark Tomforde). The conference included a 5lecture masterclass as
well as talks by several plenary speakers. Held at the
University of Houston from July 31  August 4, 2017.
 "Classification
of C*algebras, Flow Equivalence of Shift Spaces, and Graphs and Leavitt Path Algebras",
I was one of 5 organizers, and support was provided by NSF grant DMS1501104.
(I was Senior Personnel on the grant.) The principal speaker was Søren
Eilers (University of Copenhagen) who gave a series of five lectures. There
were 50 participants at the conference, and
over half were international participants from outside North America.
The conference was held at the University
of Louisiana at Lafayette from May 1115, 2015.
 "Great
Plains Operator Theory Symposium" (GPOTS), I was on the scientific committee,
which provides guidance and advice to the organizers, for GPOTS 2014. The organizers
for the conference were Sarah Reznikoff, Jon Brown, and Gabriel Nagy. The members
of the scientific committee were: Valentin Deaconu, Ilijas Farah,
Astrid an Huef, Vaughan Jones, David Pitts, and me. GPOTS 2014 was held at Kansas
State University from May 2731, 2014.
 "Houston Summer
School on Dynamical Systems", I was one of several organizers for this
annual conference, which is aimed at graduate students interested in learning about
dynamical systems and their applications. The other organizers consisted of
the members of the Dynamical Systems Group at the University of Houston, and
Vaughn Climenhaga served as the main organizer. We were supported by NSF
grant DMS1363024. (I was a CoPI on the grant.) The conference was held at
the University of Houston from May 1422, 2014
 "Graph
Algebras: Bridges between graph C*algebras and Leavitt path
algebras", This 5day workshop
was held at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) in Banff,
Canada. I was the main organizer, and the coorganizers
were: Gene Abrams, Jason Bell, Søren Eilers, George Elliott, and
Marcelo Laca. This proposal was selected as one of the few supported from
among 152 proposals submitted for that year. The dates of the
conference were April 21April 26, 2013.
 "Great Plains
Operator Theory Symposium" (GPOTS), I was one of
several organizers on this annual conference. We were
supported by a twoyear NSF grant held jointly between Arizona State
University and University of Houston. (I was a CoPI on the
grant.) The conference was held at Arizona State University in 2011 and
at University of Houston in 2012.
 "Graph
Algebras in Analysis and Algebra", coorganized
with Gene Abrams, Special Session at the AMS/MAA Joint
Mathematics Meetings, San Francisco, CA, January 2010.
 "Graph Algebras: Operator Algebras We Can See", NSFCBMS
Regional Conference in the Mathematical Sciences, Principal Lecturer: Iain
Raeburn, hosted by Paul Muhly and myself at the University of Iowa,
June 2004.
Postdocs Supervised
 Paulette Willis, NSF
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Houston,
Summer 2010  Spring 2013
Ph.D. Students Supervised
 Mozahid Haque, University of Houston, Ph.D. in progress, expected Spring 2019
 James West, University of Houston, Ph.D. awarded Fall 2017
 Nishant Suri, University of Houston, Ph.D. awarded Spring 2017
 Tristan Whalen, University of Houston, Ph.D. awarded Spring 2015
Ph.D. Defense Committees
 Chair, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for James West (my Ph.D. student),
University of Houston, December 2017.
 Chair, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for Nishant Suri (my Ph.D. student),
University of Houston, April 2017.
 Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for
Alex Bearden in Mathematics (Chair: David Blecher),
University of Houston, April 2017.
 Outside Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for
Yosafat Pangalela in Mathematics (Chair: Iain Raeburn),
University of Otago, New Zealand, January 2017.
 Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for
Ricky Ng in Mathematics (Chair: Vern Paulsen),
University of Houston, April 2016.
 Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for
Da Zheng in Mathematics (Chair: Vern Paulsen),
University of Houston, April 2016.
 Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for
Carlos Ortiz in Mathematics (Chair: Vern Paulsen),
University of Houston, November 2015.
 Chair, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for Tristan Whalen (my Ph.D. student)
University of Houston, March 2015.
 Outside Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for
Danny Crytser in Mathematics (Chair: Dana P. Williams),
Dartmouth College, April 2014.
 Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for
Maureen Royce in Mathematics (Chair: David P. Blecher),
University of Houston, July 2013.
 Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for
Preeti Singh in Mathematics (Chair: Vern Paulsen),
University of Houston, May 2010.
 Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for Blerina Xhabli Arikan in
Mathematics (Chair: Vern Paulsen), University of Houston, November
2009.
 Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for Upasana Kashyap in
Mathematics (Chair: David P. Blecher), University of Houston, November
2008.
 Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for Mrinal Raghupathi in
Mathematics (Chair: Vern Paulsen), University of Houston, April 2008.
 Outside Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for Lisa Orloff Clark in
Mathematics (Chair: Dana P. Williams), Dartmouth College, May 2004.
 Outside Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for Aidan Sims in Mathematics
(Chair: Iain Raeburn), University of Newcastle, Australia, December 2003.
 Outside Examiner, Ph.D. Thesis Committee for
Menassie Ephrem in Mathematics (Chair: Jack Spielberg), Arizona State
University, August 2003.
TEACHING
University Teaching Excellence Award: Community Service Category, 2016
The University Teaching Excellence Awards are made annually in multiple categories
to fulltime tenured or tenuretrack faculty who have demonstrated excellence in
teaching. The award in the Community Service Category is given to
faculty who involve students in service to the community through service
learning activities or community engagement projects related to courses
that they teach demonstrating leadership in advancing
students' civic learning, fostering reciprocal community partnerships,
building institutional commitments to servicelearning and civic engagement,
and other means of enhancing higher education's contributions
to the public good. The award includes an $8,000 prize.
NSM John C. Butler Excellence in Teaching Award, 2015
The Butler award is the highest teaching award in the College of
Natural Science and Mathematics (NSM), and recognizes NSM
faculty who best engage and challenge their students, who share their enthusiasm
for the subject matter they teach, and who serve as effective mentors. The award
is given annually to one tenure/tenuretrack faculty member in NSM and includes
a $5,000 prize.
Courses Taught
I have had full responsibility in all courses I've taught including choice of textbook,
creating the syllabus, leading class sessions, determining content of homework and exams, and
assignment of final grades. I developed and implemented group activities
for selected topics as well as problem presentations by the
students. I have also supervised graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, tutors,
and graders.
• University of Houston
Math 3330: Abstract Algebra,
Spring 2018
Math 3325: Transitions to Advanced Mathematics,
Fall 2017
Math 3330: Abstract Algebra,
Fall 2017
Math 6303: Modern Algebra II (Graduate Course),
Spring 2017
Math 6302: Modern Algebra I (Graduate Course),
Fall 2016
Math 3325: Transitions to Advanced Mathematics,
Fall 2016
Math 6395: C*algebras associated with
Dynamical Systems (Graduate Course),
Spring 2016
Math 3325: Transitions to Advanced Mathematics,
Fall 2015
Math 6342: Topology (Graduate Course),
Fall 2015
Math 3325: Transitions to Advanced Mathematics,
Fall 2015
Math 7321: Functional Analysis II (Graduate Course),
Spring 2015
Math 7320: Functional Analysis I (Graduate Course),
Fall 2014
Math 3325: Transitions to Advanced Mathematics,
Fall 2014
Math 6395: Introduction to C*algebras (Graduate Course),
Spring 2014
Math 6342: Topology (Graduate Course),
Fall 2013
Math 2331: Linear Algebra,
Spring 2013
Math 3331: Differential Equations,
Fall 2012
Math 2331: Linear Algebra,
Fall 2012
Math 6321: Functions of a Real Variable II
(Graduate Course),
Spring 2012
Math 6320: Functions of a Real Variable I
(Graduate Course),
Fall 2011
Math 3331: Differential Equations,
Fall 2011
Math 6303: Modern Algebra II
(Graduate Course),
Spring 2011
Math 6302: Modern Algebra I
(Graduate Course),
Fall 2010
Math 4331: Introduction to Real Analysis,
Fall 2010
Math
6395: Graph C*algebras (Graduate Course), Spring 2010
Math
6303: Modern Algebra II (Graduate Course), Spring 2010
Math
6302: Modern Algebra I (Graduate Course), Fall 2009
Math
2331: Honors Linear Algebra, Spring 2009
Math
6342: Topology (Graduate Course), Fall 2008
Math
6395: Topics in C*algebras (Graduate Course), Spring 2008
Math
3397: Transitions to Advanced Mathematics, Fall 2007
Math
3333: Intermediate Real Analysis, Spring 2007
Math
4377: Advanced Linear
Algebra, Fall 2006
• College of William & Mary
Math 214 (Section
02): Foundations of Mathematics, Spring 2006
Math 112 (Section
01/02): Calculus II, Spring 2006
Math 211 (Section 01): Linear
Algebra, Fall 2005
Math 112 (Section 01/02): Calculus II,
Fall 2005
Math 112 (Section 05/06): Calculus II,
Fall
2005
• University of Iowa
Math 118:
Complex Analysis (Graduate Course),
Fall 2004
Math 50:
Abstract Algebra I,
Spring 2004
Math 25: Calculus I, Fall
2003
• Dartmouth College
Math 1: Calculus,
Fall 2001
Math 24: Honors Linear Algebra, Fall 2000
Math 2: Calculus,
Winter 2000
Courses Developed
 Math 3397, Math 3325, "Transitions to Advanced Mathematics", Fall 2007
and Fall 2013present
This is a "First Proofs Course" that I developed to help our
undergraduate math majors make the transition to the upperlevel
proofbased courses in our department. It is intended for
students to take prior to introductory proofwriting courses (e.g.,
Math 3333: Intermediate Analysis or Math 3330: Abstract Algebra).
The course covers topics ubiquitous throughout mathematics (e.g. logic,
sets, functions, relations) and focuses on developing proofwriting and
communication skills. I taught a preliminary version of the course in Fall
2007 as a Math 3397 topics course. I then worked with the undergraduate
studies committee to make the course a required part of our
mathematics major. The course has been taught as Math 3325 each
semester since Fall 2013, and I have taught it several times.
 Graduate Topics Courses
I have developed several graduate topics courses related to my area of
research and the interests of students in my department. These include a
Survey of Topics in C*algebras course in Spring 2008, a Graph C*algebra
course in Spring 2010, an Introduction to C*algebras course in
Spring 2014, and a course on C*algebras associated with Dynamical
Systems in Spring 2016.
 Math 2331, "Honors Linear Algebra", Spring 2009
This is an undergraduate course I developed as part of an
Honors Sequence (along with the Honors Calculus and Honors ODE's) and taught
for the first time in Spring 2009. I used a different textbook from
the usual Math 2331 class, and I also developed new material to be used in the course.
Independent Studies and Masters Tutorials Supervised
 Independent Study (Math 4398), Student: Corinne Lane, Spring 2018
 Senior Research Project (Math 3396, Math 4396), Student: Shahzad Kalloo, Fall 2017  Spring 2018
 Senior Research Project (Math 3396, Math 4396), Student: Shannon Weed, Fall 2017  Spring 2018
 Masters Tutorial (Math 6315, Math 7315), Student: Patrick Messina, Fall 2017  Spring 2018
 Masters Tutorial (Math 6315), Student: Jea Kodavi, Fall 2017
 Masters Tutorial (Math 6315), Student: Ed Stout, Fall 2017
 Masters Tutorial (Math 6315), Student: Worawit Tepsan, Fall 2017
 Masters Tutorial (Math 6315), Student: Tattwamasi Amrutam, Fall 2017
 Masters Tutorial (Math 6315), Student: Tyler Williams, Fall 2017
 Masters Tutorial (Math 6315), Student: Sarah Chehade, Fall 2017
 Independent Study (Math 4398), Student: Catherine Godfrey, Fall 2016
 Masters Tutorial (Math 6315), Student: Mozahid Haque, Fall 2015
 Independent Study (Math 4398), Student: Sarah Chehade, Fall 2015
 Independent Study (Math 6398), Student: Nishant Suri, Spring 2014
 Masters Tutorial (Math 6315, Math 7315), Student: Tristan Whalen,
Fall 2011  Spring 2012
 Masters Tutorial (Math 6315, Math 7315), Student: My Le, Summer 2011  Fall 2011
 Masters Tutorial (Math 6315), Student: Rebecca Chen, Summer 2009
 Masters Tutorial (Math 6315), Student: James West, Summer 2009
 Senior Research Project (Math 3396), Student: Letty Reza, Summer 2009
 Senior Research Project (Math 3396, Math 4396), Student: Matt Tobin,
Fall 2008  Spring 2009
Undergraduate Research Supervised
Direction involved weekly meetings and numerous discussions with students.
University of Houston:
 Corinne Lane, Topic: Topics in Linear Algebra, Spring 2018.
 Shannon Weed, Topic: Voting Theory, Summer 2017  Spring 2018.
 Shahzad Kalloo, Topic: Morita Equivalence of Rings, Spring 2017  Spring 2018.
 Catherine Godfrey, Topic: Voting Systems with Multiple Candidates, Spring 2016  Spring 2017.
 Sarah Chehade, Topic: PerronFrobenius theorem and ranking algorithms, Spring 2015  Spring 2016.
 Tanya Chen, Topic: Linear Algebra and Google's PageRank algorithm, Fall 2013  Fall 2015.
 Ariel Bowman, Topic: Interactions of Analysis and Algebra, Summer 2014.
 Michael Boyle, Topic: Periodic points of interval maps, Spring
2013  Spring 2014.
 My Le, Topic: Frames in vector spaces over finite fields,
University of Houston, Spring 2009  Summer 2009.
 Letty Reza, Topic: Frames in vector spaces over finite fields,
University of Houston, Spring 2009  Summer 2009.
 Matthew Tobin, Topic: Frames in vector spaces over finite fields,
University of Houston, Fall 2008  Spring 2009.
 Michael Kroh, Topic: Lattices of saturated
hereditary subsets in directed graphs, University of Houston, Spring 2008
 Spring 2009.
 Minh Nguyen, Topic: Frames in vector spaces over finite fields,
University of Houston, Fall 2008.
 Rachel Hodos, Topic: Frames in finitedimensional spaces, Spring
2007.
College of William & Mary:
 Abraham Isgur, Topic: Graph traces on directed
graphs, Fall 2005  Summer 2006.
 Joe Dorfler, Topic: Graph traces on directed
graphs, Fall 2005  Spring 2006.
 Erin Catlett, Topic: Lattices of ideals in graph C*algebras,
Fall 2005  Spring 2006.
 Meg Poston, Topic: Lattices of ideals in graph C*algebras, Fall
2005  Spring 2006.
University of Iowa:
 Matt Johnson, Topic: Graph traces on directed
graphs, Fall 2003  Spring 2005.
 Jon Chaika, (supervised jointly with Paul Muhly),
Topic: Quantum computation and completely positive maps, Fall 2002 
Spring 2003.
The following publications have resulted from the undergraduate research I
have supervised:
 Chaotic behavior in a forecast model, Michael Boyle and Mark
Tomforde, Pi Mu Epsilon J. 14 (2016), 237242.
 Frame theory for binary vector spaces, Bernhard Bodmann, My Le,
Letty Reza, Matthew Tobin, and Mark
Tomforde, Involve 2 (2010), 589602.
 The graph traces of finite graphs and applications to
tracial states of C*algebras, Matt Johnson, New York J. Math. 11 (2005),
649658.
CHAMP, High School Outreach Program, Fall 2013  present
Cougars and Houston Area Mathematics Program (CHAMP) is a high school outreach program
that I created and direct. CHAMP provides weekly math tutoring and math lessons for
high school and middle school students from partnering school in the area (primarily
the Third Ward, the East End, and Sunnyside). UH graduate students and UH
undergraduates volunteer to teach lessons, facilitate group work and inclass activities,
and provide tutoring. Large numbers of tutors provided by teachHOUSTON, the UH Chapter
of the National Society of Back Engineers (NSBE), and the UH Chapter
of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).
More info can be found on The CHAMP website.
The past few years, CHAMP has received
various forms of recognition.
Math Alliance, UH Representative and Mentor, Fall 2009  present
The Math Alliance is a consortium of
faculty and students at schools throughout the U.S. whose goal is to
encourage undergraduates to pursue graduate study in mathematics or a
mathematicallyrelated field. The Math Alliance also seeks to increase
the number of mathematics Ph.D.s awarded to members of groups that are
underrepresented in the mathematical sciences (such as women, ethnic
minorities, first generation college students, or students from
disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds). However, the Math Alliance
is not exclusive to students from these groups, and anyone is welcome to
join and participate. The Math Alliance was initially centered at the
University of Iowa, but in recent years its headquarters have moved to
Purdue University.
I nominate students from my department for membership in the Math Alliance, mentor
them during their undergraduate careers, and inform them about the Math
Alliance's FGAP program that assists them in composing their graduate
school application materials. Every year I organize 3 to 8 UH undergraduates
to attend the Math Alliance's annual "Field of Dreams" conference.
Gulf States Math Alliance, Organizer and Webmaster, Fall 2013  present.
The Gulf States Math Alliance (GSMath) is one of
seven regional alliances
under the national Math Alliance. GSMath is comprised of members of the
Math Alliance throughout the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. GSMath
works closely with the national Math Alliance, as well as the other regional
alliances, while simultaneously providing and promoting special opportunities
to students within the Gulf States Region. I am a coorganizer of GSMath, and
I also created and maintain the GSMath website.
AMS Graduate Student Chapter, Faculty Advisor and Founder, Fall 2013present
I organized the graduate students in our department to form an official
AMS Graduate Student Chapter
and helped them to draft bylaws and apply for funding.
(See the details
of the AMS Graduate Student Chapter program here.) I serve as the
faculty advisor, and I assist the student officers as they
organize monthly events for the chapter. Popular events include: Math
Trivia Night, Pi Day Celebration, and Graduate Student Research Talks.
Pi Mu Epsilon, Faculty Advisor, Fall 2008  present
Pi Mu Epsilon is the National
Mathematics Honor Society. I serve as faculty advisor for the
Texas Theta Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon at the
University of Houston. My responsibilities include inducting new
members, promoting the society, holding monthly meetings for undergraduate members,
and advising the student officers. Our Pi Mu Epsilon chapter also serves
as our department's Undergraduate Math Club, and while there are official requirements
for membership in the
national Pi Mu Epsilon organization, our chapter's meetings and activities
are open to everyone.
AMS Project NExT Fellow, 20032004
Project
NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is a
professional development program for new or recent Ph.D.s
in the mathematical sciences who are interested in improving
the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. It
addresses the full range of faculty responsibilities in
teaching, research, and service. Certain fellows
who are interested in both research and teaching are
designated as AMS Project NExT Fellows and are supported by a
grant from the American Mathematical Society.
Teaching of Mathematics Seminar, Dartmouth College,
Summer 1999
This intensive 10week long seminar explored both the theory and practice
of teaching mathematics. It involved readings and discussions of
different philosophies of teaching mathematics and problem
solving. Topics included cooperative learning, the use of writing
assignments, student evaluations, presentation styles, and designing
curricula. Participants also gained handson experience by designing and
teaching two weeklong high school workshops, guest lecturing in Dartmouth
classes, and giving presentations throughout the seminar.
SERVICE
SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION
AMS Arnold Ross Lecture Series Committee, February 1, 2016  January, 31 2019
 Member, February 1, 2018  January, 31 2019
 Chair, February 1, 2017  January, 31 2018
 Member, February 1, 2016  January, 31 2017
Members of this committee are appointed by the president of the American
Mathematical Society (AMS) and charged with selecting a speaker for the
AMS Arnold Ross Lecture Series and overseeing related details. The Arnold
Ross Lecture Series consists of annual lectures for talented high school
mathematics students. The goal is to stimulate the students' interest in
mathematics beyond the traditional classroom and to show them the
tremendous opportunities for careers in mathematics  as mathematics
teachers and as researchers in government, industry, and university programs.
The lectures are also intended to illustrate some recent development in
mathematical research. The AMS website contains more info on
the Arnold Ross Lecture Series.
Project NExT Consultant, 2014  2015
Project
NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) is an MAA
professional development program for new or recent Ph.D.s
in the mathematical sciences who are interested in improving
the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. Project
NExT invites certain senior mathematicians to be consultants.
As a consultant, I was paired with a Project NExT Fellow for whom I
serve as a mentor, and I was asked to participate in the Project NExT
mailing list and answer questions from recent Ph.D.s.
Scholarly Reviews
 Reviewer for textbook submitted to Springer publishing company, April 2017
 Reviewer for workshop proposal to the Fields Institute, January 2016
 Reviewer for textbook submitted to Springer publishing company, October 2014
 Reviewer for Proceedings of the Operator Algebra and Dynamics
Conference, the NordForsk Network Closing Conference held
at the Faroe Islands, January 2013
 Reviewer for textbook "Linear Algebra with Applications"
by Jeff Holt (University of Virginia) for W.H. Freeman &
Company and Worth Publishers, June 2012
 Reviewer for Topology textbook for Taylor & Francis Publishing,
January
2010
 Reviewer for NSA grant proposal, April 2009
 Reviewer for the textbook "A Passage to Advanced Mathematics" for
AddisonWesley Publishing, April 2009
 Reviewer for NSA grant proposal, February 2007
Journal Referee
 Acta Mathematica Sinica
 Algebras and Representation Theory (x2)
 Bulletin des Sciences Mathématiques (x4)
 Bulletin of the Australian Math Society
 Bulletin of the London Math Society (x4)
 Bulletin of the Malaysian Math Society
 Communications in Algebra (x2)
 Contemporary Mathematics, AMS Book Series
 Cubo Mathematics Journal
 Documenta Mathematica
 Duke Mathematical Journal
 Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems (x4)
 Forum Mathematicum
 Houston Journal of Mathematics (x3)
 Indiana University Mathematics Journal (x2)
 Illinois Journal of Mathematics
 Integral Equations and Operator Theory
 Involve
 Journal für die Reine und Angewandte Mathematik (Crelle's
Journal) (x3)
 Journal of Algebra (x3)
 Journal of Algebra and Applications
 Journal of Functional Analysis (x4)
 Journal of the Korean Mathematical Society
 Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications (x6)
 Journal of Operator Theory (x9)
 Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra (x3)
 Journal of Topology and Analysis
 Math Annalen (x2)
 Mathematische Zeitschrift
 Mediterranean Journal of Mathematics
 Monatshefte für Mathematik (x2)
 New York Journal of Mathematics (x2)
 Operators and Matrices
 Proceedings A of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
 Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society (x3)
 Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society
 Revista Matemática Iberoamericana
 Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics (x3)
 Studia Mathematica
 Transactions of the American Mathematical Society (x6)
 Turkish Journal of Mathematics
Article Reviewer for Mathematical Reviews and MathSciNet, 2003  2014
I wrote 69 article reviews during my 11 years of service.
SERVICE TO THE DEPARTMENT, COLLEGE, AND UNIVERSITY
Department Committees
 Undergraduate Studies Committee, member, Fall 2007  Spring 2012, Fall 2014  present
 Committee for revised policies for the Annual Performance Reviews (APR), Spring 2016
 Analysis Seminar Organizer, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Fall 2014
 Undergraduate Studies Committee, member, Fall 2013  Spring 2014
 Subcommittee for Undergraduate Curriculum Content, member, Spring 2012  Summer 2012
 Subcommittee for Undergraduate Curriculum Course Tracks, member, Spring 2012  Summer 2012
 Library Committee, member, Fall 2011  Spring 2012
 Colloquium Committee, member, Fall 2008  Spring 2011
 Colloquium Committee, cochair, Fall 2007  Spring 2008
College Committees
 Communications Subcommittee for CollegeWide Strategic Plan, Fall 2015
Webpage Maintenance
I created and maintain the following websites for programs that I am involved with:
I created and maintain the following websites as part of our department homepage:
I also created websites for the following conferences:
University of Houston Selection Committee for the Goldwater Scholarship, Fall 2017
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship
given in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics. It is awarded annually
to about 300 college sophomores and juniors nationwide. Universities are allowed to
nominate only four undergraduate students per year to compete for the scholarship. I
was on the University of Houston selection committee tasked with ranking applicants
from our university to select the four that would be nominated.
Invited Speaker, "Russia's
Revolutionary Mathematics", February 2017
I gave this talk as part of a series of public events on the UH Campus in
2017, including musical concerts, theatrical performances, visual arts
exhibitions, public lectures, and symposia, related to the centennial of
the 1917 Russian Revolution. The series was organized by Dr. David Rainbow
from the UH Honors College. You can
download a copy of the slides.
Interviewer for Tier One Scholarship Applicants, January 2017
I was on a team of professors that performed a day of interviews for
students that were accepted to UH and in competition for a Tier One
Scholarship. The Tier One Scholarships are used to recruit and engage
highcaliber students, and each provides four full years of tuition and
two years of on campus living. In addition, students are given stipends
to pursue research and to study abroad.
Fellow of the UH Honors College, Spring 2016  present
The Dean of the Honors College invites select faculty to be members
of the Honors College's Society of Fellows. Fellows are not assigned
specific duties; rather, according to their own interests and availability,
Fellows may direct senior honors theses and serve on thesis committees;
mentor students who are pursuing undergraduate research in the PURS,
SURF, or other programs sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate
Research; assist with the development of Honors curriculum in their
disciplines; serve as knowledgeable sources in their home departments
and colleges about the policies and goals of the Honors College; provide
information in return about policies and goals of their home departments
and colleges; alert members of the Honors College faculty of opportunities
and partnerships of mutual benefit; and generally serve as fellows friends,
advisors, and ambassadors of the Honors College.
Service to the Community
UH Partner for the KIPP: Houston STEM Advisory Board, Spring 2016  present
The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) is a nationwide network of
free openenrollment collegepreparatory schools in underresourced
communities throughout the United States. KIPP: Houston currently
has 24 public schools throughout the K12 level serving nearly 12,500 Houston
students and an additional 1,200 alumni in college and beyond. The STEM
Advisory Board provides guidance and recommendations regarding STEM
education in the KIPP: Houston schools.
HONORS, AWARDS, AND ACTIVITIES
 University Teaching Excellence Award: Community Service Category, 2016
 NSM John C. Butler Excellence in Teaching Award, Spring 2015
 Member of the Scientific Committee for the Great Plains Operator
Theory Symposium, 2014
 AMS Project NExT Fellow, 2003  2004
 NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002  2005
 Graduate Fellowship, Dartmouth College, 1997  2002
 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for Excellence in Mathematics
and Science, 1996
 Member of Pi Mu Epsilon, 2006  present
 Member of AMS, 1993  present
 Member of MAA, 1993  present
 National Merit Scholar, 1993
REFERENCES
Available upon request.
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