Stefaan De Winter
—Paraphrased from "Sir Vidia's Shadow" by Paul Theroux
- Professor, Mathematical Sciences
- Rotating Program Director at NSF
- 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 pursued 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. In August 2014 I received early tenure and promotion to associate professor.
I am currently serving as Program Director in Combinatorics at the National Science Foundation.
Links of Interest
Areas of Expertise
- Projective geometry
- Algebraic and geometric combinatorics
- Groups acting on geometries and graphs
- S. De Winter, C. Ding and V. Tonchev, Maximal arcs and extended cyclic codes, Des. Codes Cryptography, online 2018
- S. De Winter, E. Kammischke and Z. Wang, Automorphisms of strongly regular graphs with applications to partial difference sets, Des. Codes Cryptography, 79, 471-485, 2016.
- S. De Winter, J. Schillewaert and J. Verstraete, Large incidence free sets in geometries, Electronic J. Combin 19, P24, 1-16, 2012.
- F. De Clerck, S. De Winter, T. Maes, A geometric approach to Mathon maximal arcs, J. Combin. Theory Ser A 118, 1196-1211, 2011.
- 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 K. Thas, The automorphism group of Payne derived generalized quadrangles, Adv. Math. 214, 146-156, 2007.
- S. De Winter, Partial geometries pg(s,t,2) with a regular abelian automorphism group and a characterization of the Van Lint-Schrijver partial geometry, J. Alg. Combin. 24, 285-297, 2006.
- S. De Winter, Elation and translation semipartial geometries, J. Combin. Theory Ser. A 108, 313-330, 2004.
- Abstract Algebra
- Complete Calculus Series (with Stewart, Hughes-Hallet and Rogawski)
- Coding Theory
- Combinatorics and Graph Theory
- Introduction to Probability and Statistics
- Introduction to Number Theory
- Linear Algebra
- Projective Geometry