|Wilfrid Gangbo is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). He is also a fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). His areas of research are the calculus of variations and partial differential equations. He was awarded the 2018-19 Chancellor Professorship, by the mathematics department of the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Gangbo delivered numerous plenary talks and was a distinguished speaker in many colloquia all over the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. He has supervised the dissertations of over ten students and mentored over twelve postdocs. He has been associate editor for several international journals and served on the advisory boards of various institutions. Gangbo was a program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, VA, from 2012 to 2013 and the graduate vice chair in the department of mathematics at UCLA from 2018 to 2021.
With Professors. J. Nelson and T. Coleman, they launched the David Blackwell Summer Research Institute in 2021. This is a six week elite research program for undergraduate students, which aims to honor Blackwell's legacy by attempting to increase the number of students who aspire to achieve his level of excellence and widen participation of African-Americans in obtaining PhDs in mathematics.