Stefaan De Winter

Stefaan De Winter
"Mathematics is like cooking, it requires confident guesswork and improvisation, experimentation and substitution, dealing with failure and uncertainty in a creative way."
—Paraphrased from "Sir Vidia's Shadow" by Paul Theroux


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Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences

  • PhD, Mathematics, Ghent University in Belgium


I was born and raised in the beautiful medieval city of Bruges (the city where the famous mathematician Simon Stevin was born), in Belgium (the country famous for chocolate, beer, and Tintin). As early as kindergarten I fell in love with numbers, and it was very quickly clear to me that mathematics would play a major role in my life. I studied pure mathematics at Ghent University, and persued my graduate studies in its Research Group on Incidence Geometry under the guidance of Frank De Clerck and Jef A. Thas. After obtaining my PhD degree I worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the Research Foundation - Flanders in Belgium. During this time I also worked as a Teaching Visitor at the University of California San Diego (visiting Jacques Verstrate), and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio University (visiting Sergio Lopez). In August 2011 I joined the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Michigan Tech.

Areas of Expertise

  • Projective geometry
  • Algebraic and geometric combinatorics
  • Combinatorial and group theoretical studies

Recent Publications

  • F. De Clerck, S. De Winter and T. Maes, Singer 8-arcs of Mathon type in PG(2,2^7), accepted for publication in Des. Codes Cryptogr; 13pp.
  • F. De Clerck, S. De Winter and T. Maes, A geometric approach to Mathon maximal arcs, accepted for publication in J. Combin. Theory Ser. A; 20pp.
  • S. De Winter and J. Schillewaert, Characterizations of finite classical polar spaces by intersection numbers with hyperplanes and spaces of codimension 2, Combinatorica 30, 25-45, 2010.
  • S. De Winter and J. Schillewaert, A note on quasi-Hermitian varieties and singular quasi-quadrics, accepted for publication in Bull. Belg. Math. Soc.; 10pp.


  • Projective geometry in (extremal) combinatorics, invited lecture at Buildings 2012


  • Complete Calculus Series
  • Linear Algebra
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Introduction to Number Theory (graduate level)
  • Coding Theory (graduate level)
  • Exercises on Projective Geometry (graduate level)