Fabrizio Zanello

Fabrizio Zanello
"Luxury is a necessity that begins where necessity ends."
—Coco Chanel


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Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences

  • PhD, Mathematics (Combinatorial Commutative Algebra), Queen's University (Canada)
  • MS, Mathematics (Analytic Number Theory), University of Genova (Italy)


I came to the US in 2006, as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame. Before then, I was a Ph.D. student at Queen's University, Canada, a postdoc at the University of Genova, Italy, and the Gustafsson postdoc at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. I joined the Michigan Tech faculty in 2007, where I received early tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2011, and promotion to full Professor in 2016. I recently spent both calendar year 2011 and calendar year 2013 at MIT as a Visiting Associate Professor, invited by Richard Stanley.

My research interests are in the fields of Algebraic and Enumerative Combinatorics, Combinatorial Commutative Algebra, and Partition Theory. Nearly all of my preprints are available on the arXiv. My research is currently supported by a five-year Simons Foundation Grant (2013-2018).

At Michigan Tech, I usually teach the graduate courses in Algebra and Combinatorial Commutative Algebra, the undergraduate courses in Algebra, or Calculus I. At MIT I taught three times 18.304, the seminar course in Combinatorics for the senior math majors (in Spring and Fall 2011, and Spring 2013). For my lucky list of research students at MIT and Michigan Tech, please see my CV.

I have been giving a large number of interviews to Italian newspapers over the last several years, both about myself and my professional activities and, nearly as entertaining, the education of gifted children/young adults. Some interviews are also available online, including the following published by Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica (the two main Italian newspapers) and Alice & Bob (a journal of Bocconi University, one of the leading European Business Schools). This is a scan of an interview that I gave to Focus, for their December 2012 issue of Focus Extra discussing "genius". Since 2011, I am a member of the Scientific Committee of AISTAP (the Italian Association for the Development of Talent and High Ability). For a curious (and beautifully written) interview that I gave to the Michigan Tech News Office in September 2015, click here.

Speaking of gifted people, this is the Putnam result of my exceptional former research student Jizhou, obtained in 2009 at Michigan Tech, and this is the medal that my equally exceptional MIT research student Colin received as a 2010 Putnam Fellow.

The (so far) 16 watches of my personal collection, that I started in 2005, are, in decreasing order of cuteness:  watch #1, Pic #1 and watch #1, Pic #2 (Patek Philippe reference 5089G-020 --- a (very) limited edition piece with wood marquetry dial from Patek's 175th Anniversary collection!), watch #2watch #3, watch #4, watch #5watch #6, watch #7, watch #8, watch #9, watch #10, watch #11, watch #12, watch #13, watch #14, watch #15, and watch #16 (most photographs are courtesy of Juan Migliore or Andrea Squarcia).

Areas of Expertise

  • Algebraic and Enumerative Combinatorics
  • Combinatorial Commutative Algebra
  • Partition Theory