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Stephen Della Pietra

Stephen Della Pietra

Stephen Della Pietra received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton University in 1981, and his PhD in mathematical physics from Harvard University in 1986. From 1987 to 1988, he was a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. From 1988 to 1989, he was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

From 1989 to 1995, he was a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights and Hawthorne, New York. As a project leader of the natural language understanding group, his primary research focused on machine translation and natural language understanding. In 1995 he joined Renaissance Technologies, where he currently co-manages the General Research Group and works on statistical methods to model the stock market.

Stephen is co-founder of the Della Pietra Lecture Series at Stony Brook University. This series brings world-renowned scientists to the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and is intended to bring awareness of recent and impactful discoveries in physics and mathematics to high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Stephen is a board member of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, is on the advisory council of the astrophysics department at Princeton University, as treasurer of the National Museum of Mathematics in New York, and is a board member of the nonprofit organization PIVOT.

Della Pietra Program Associates

  • Izar Alonso Lorenzo

    Izar Alonso Lorenzo

    University of Oxford
    Della Pietra Program Associate,
    Fall 2022
    Analytic and Geometric Aspects of Gauge Theory
  • Sayan Das

    Sayan Das

    Columbia University
    Della Pietra Program Associate,
    Fall 2021
    Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems
  • Hindy Drillick

    Hindy Drillick

    Columbia University
    Della Pietra Program Associate,
    Fall 2021
    Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems

Kristin E. Lauter

Kristin E. Lauter

Dr. Kristin E. Lauter is an American mathematician and cryptographer whose research areas are number theory, algebraic geometry, and applications to cryptography. She is particularly known for her work on homomorphic encryption, elliptic curve cryptography, and for introducing supersingular isogeny graphs as a hard problem into cryptography. Lauter served as President of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 2015 –2017. She was Polya Lecturer for the Mathematical Association of America for 2018-2020. Lauter is the Head of West Coast Research Labs at Facebook AI Research in Menlo Park, CA.

Lauter and Thomas P. Passananti established the Kristin E. Lauter Fellowship through a generous endowment gift to MSRI to support and foster young mathematical talents.

Lauter received her BA, MS, and Ph.D degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, in 1990, 1991, and 1996, respectively. Prior to joining Microsoft, she held positions as a visiting scholar at Max Planck Institut fur Mathematik in Bonn, Germany (1997), T.H. Hildebrandt Research Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan (1996-1999), and a visiting researcher at Institut de Mathematiques Luminy in France (1999).

She is a co-founder of the Women in Numbers Network, a research collaboration community for women in number theory, and she was the lead PI for the AWM NSF Advance Grant (2015-2020) to create and sustain research networks for women in all areas of mathematics. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Banff International Research Station and has served on the Council of the American Mathematical Society (2014-2017). In 2017 she was selected as a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the inaugural class. Women in mathematics are of particular interest to Lauter, and this fellowship aims to support women graduate students in this important field.

Lauter Program Associates

  • Liangbing Luo

    Liangbing Luo

    Wuhan University
    Lauter Program Associate,
    Spring 2022
    The Analysis and Geometry of Random Spaces
  • Malavika Mukundan

    Malavika Mukundan

    University of Michigan
    Lauter Program Associate,
    Spring 2022
    Complex Dynamics: From Special Families to Natural Generalizations in One and Several Variables

Salgo-Noren Foundation

In 1959 Miklos Salgo, a distinguished biomedical researcher, founded the Salgo-Noren Foundation. This foundation awards, among other things, a prize for excellent teaching at American universities and offers various exchange scholarships.

Salgo-Noren Foundation Program Associates

  • Panagiotis Dimakis

    Panagiotis Dimakis

    Stanford University
    Salgo Noren Foundation Program Associate,
    Fall 2022
    Analytic and Geometric Aspects of Gauge Theory
  • Shaozong Wang

    Shaozong Wang

    Rutgers University
    Salgo Noren Foundation Program Associate,
    Fall 2022
    Analytic and Geometric Aspects of Gauge Theory
  • Marco Carfagnini

    Marco Carfagnini

    Seconda Università di Roma "Tor Vergata"
    Salgo Noren Foundation Program Associate,
    Spring 2022
    The Analysis and Geometry of Random Spaces
  • Nikolai Prochorov

    Nikolai Prochorov

    Aix-Marseille University
    Salgo Noren Foundation Program Associate,
    Spring 2022
    Complex Dynamics: From Special Families to Natural Generalizations in One and Several Variables

Marie A. Vitulli

Dr. Marie A. Vitulli is an American mathematician whose research areas are commutative algebra and applications to algebraic geometry. Vitulli heads the Women in Math Project at the University of Oregon. She has established the Marie A. Vitulli Fellowship through a generous endowment gift to MSRI to support and foster young mathematical talents.

Vitulli was an undergraduate at the University of Rochester and earned her Ph.D. in 1976 at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research topics have included deformations of monomial curves, seminormal rings, the weak normality of commutative rings and algebraic varieties, weak subintegrality, and the theory of valuations for commutative rings.

With Mary Flahive, Vitulli has also studied patterns in hiring among women mathematicians. She is part of the 2019 class of fellows of the Association for Women in Mathematics, and was elected as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in the 2020 Class. Women in mathematics are of particular interest to Vitulli, and this fellowship aims to support women graduate students in this important field.

Vitulli Program Associates

  • Caroline Davis

    Caroline Davis

    Indiana University
    Vitulli Program Associate,
    Spring 2022
    Complex Dynamics: From Special Families to Natural Generalizations in One and Several Variables
  • Weitao Zhu

    Weitao Zhu

    Columbia University
    Vitulli Program Associate,
    Fall 2021
    Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems