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Personal Profile of Prof. Brendan Edward Hassett

Brendan Hassett is Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics at Brown University.

He received his BA in 1992 from Yale and his PhD from Harvard in 1996 under the supervision of Joseph Harris. From 1996 to 2000 he worked as a Dickson Instructor at the University of Chicago; for part of this time he was supported by a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. He was a faculty member at Rice University from 2000 to 2015 and chaired its mathematics department from 2009 to 2014. He has held visiting positions at the Mittag Leffler Institute in Stockholm, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Paris (Orsay).

Brendan’s research focus is algebraic geometry. He enjoys geometric questions inspired from number theory, problems natural from an arithmetic perspective but with surprising geometric implications. He also likes classification problems involving a wide range of techniques, from the classical theory of algebraic curves through Hodge theory and birational geometry.

Brendan has written more than 60 research papers and has authored or co-edited seven books. His work has been recognized with a Sloan Research Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER award, and the Charles W. Duncan Award for Outstanding Faculty at Rice. He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. Brendan has co-organized numerous conferences and workshops, including the 2006 Clay Summer School in Arithmetic Geometry, the Spring 2009 program in Algebraic Geometry at MSRI, and the 2015 AMS Summer Institute in Algebraic Geometry. Since 2016, he has been Director of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics at Brown University.

Current/Future Committee Membership
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Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Feb 22, 2014 Feb 28, 2018
Committee of Academic Sponsors Representative Oct 20, 2009 May 01, 2015
Finance Committee Feb 08, 2014 Jun 30, 2016
  1. Workshop Recent Progress in Moduli Theory

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    May 09, 2019
    09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
      Rationality of geometrically rational threefolds
    Brendan Hassett (Brown University)
  2. Workshop Modern Mathematics: An Introduction to MSRI's 2008-09 Programs

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    Oct 10, 2007
    04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
      Finding Rational Curves through Prescribed Points
    Brendan Hassett (Brown University)
    Oct 11, 2007
    02:00 PM - 05:00 PM
      Undergraduate mini-course on the Calculus of Analytic Critical Points
    Brendan Hassett (Brown University)