—John W. Newbern
- Fisher 226C
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 Fall 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 Fall 2007, where I received early tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in Fall 2011. I spent calendar year 2011 at MIT as a Visiting Associate Professor, invited by Richard Stanley, and I am now back at MIT for another one-year Visiting Associate Professorship, running through calendar year 2013.
My research interests are in the fields of Combinatorial Commutative Algebra, Enumerative and Algebraic Combinatorics, and Partition Theory. Nearly all of my preprints are available on the arXiv.
At Michigan Tech, I usually teach the graduate courses in Algebra and Combinatorial Commutative Algebra, the undergraduate courses in Algebra, or Calculus I. This Spring at MIT I taught 18.304, the seminar course in Combinatorics for the senior math majors, which I already taught in both Spring and Fall 2011. 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 a recent interview 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).
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) 13 watches of my personal collection, that I started in 2005, are, in decreasing order of cuteness: watch #1(NEWEST!!!), watch #2(NEWER!!), watch #3(NEW!), watch #4, watch #5, watch #6, watch #7, watch #8, watch #9, watch #10, watch #11, watch #12, and watch #13 (most photographs are courtesy of Juan Migliore or Andrea Squarcia).
Areas of Expertise
- Combinatorial Commutative Algebra
- Enumerative Combinatorics
- Partition Theory