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Richard S. Laugesen - Vita

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Employment History

  • 2010-present: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - Professor
  • 2012-2017: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - Director of Graduate Studies in Mathematics
  • 2001-2010: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - Associate Professor
  • Spring 2000: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - Fellow in the Center for Advanced Study
  • 1997-2001: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign - Assistant Professor
  • 1996-97: Johns Hopkins University - Visiting Assistant Professor
  • 1995-96: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - Hildebrandt Research Assistant Professor
  • 1994-95: Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (on leave from Michigan)
  • 1993-94: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - Hildebrandt Research Assistant Professor
  • 1988-93: Fellowship holder and Teaching Assistant during Ph.D. studies, Washington University in St. Louis
    Ph.D. Dissertation: "Extremal problems involving logarithmic and Green capacity", 1993
    Ph.D. Advisor: Albert Baernstein II

External Funding and Fellowships

  • 2020-2023: NSF award #2015431 Inmas - Internship Network in the Mathematical Sciences, amount $1,147,741
  • 2019-2020: Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications, grant for summer funding for 12 interns and computational training (co-PI), amount $59,000
  • 2015-2020: Sloan Foundation award "Making way for a New Generation in STEM: A Proposal for The Illinois Sloan University Center of Exemplary Mentoring" (co-PI), amount $1 million
  • 2014-2019: NSF award #1345032 PI4: Program for Interdisciplinary and Industrial Internships at Illinois (Mentoring Through Critical Transition Points program), co-PI with Yuliy Baryshnikov and Lee DeVille, amount $1.2 million
  • 2022-2027: Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant #964018, amount $42,000
  • 2016-2022: Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant #429422, amount $35,000
  • 2011-2016: Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant #204296, amount $35,000
  • 2012-2013: NSF award, co-PI with Zharnitsky; grant transferred from Hundertmark
  • 1994-2001, 2002-2005: NSF sole-PI awards
  • 2005: Visiting Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury
  • 2003: Maclaurin Fellowship, New Zealand Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Conferences Co-organized

Teaching Awards

Teaching Experience

  • Complex Analysis
  • Harmonic Analysis
  • Real Analysis (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Probability (undergraduate and graduate)
  • PDEs (undergraduate and graduate)
  • ODEs with Applications, Systems of ODEs and Dynamics
  • Fundamental Mathematics (for math majors)
  • Advanced Mathematics for Engineers
  • Linear Spaces and Matrix Theory
  • Calculus I, II, III, including "Harvard" and "Mathematica" approaches
  • Precalculus I and II
  • Scaling, self-similarity and intermediate asymptotics
  • Calculus of Variations

Notable Service

  • Director of Graduate Studies, 2012-2017
  • Sloan UCEM Steering Committee and Scholarship Committee (U of Illinois) 2015-2019
  • Executive Committee of the Department, 2004-2006 (including hiring, salary reviews, strategic planning)
  • Honors Committee, 2001-2007
  • Space Committee 2007-2011, 2018-2019 (chair 2007-2009, 2019-2020)
  • Altgeld-Illini Hall Renovation Committee 2020-2023 (chair 2020-2021, liaison to architects 2021-2023)
  • Journal of Geometric Analysis, editorial board 2020-present
  • New Zealand Journal of Mathematics, editorial board 2017-present
  • SIAM Career Opportunities Committee, member 2018-2021, chair Jan. 2019 - Dec. 2020
  • BIG Math Network, steering committee 2016-2021, chair 2020-2021 (calendar years)
  • AMS Committee for the Prize for and Exemplary Program or Achievement 2020-2023

Invited Lectures

  • 2022: Northern Illinois U. (colloquium), AMS (Central Section) Special Session on Spectral Estimation and Optimization, AMS-SMF-EMS Special Session (Grenoble)
  • 2021: AMS (Western Section) Special Session on Complex Analysis and Potential Theory
  • 2020: U. of Naples, Spectral Geometry in the Clouds (international online seminar)
  • 2019: U. of Lisbon, American Institute of Mathematics (San Jose) workshop speaker on "Shape optimization with surface interactions", U. of Missouri, Conference on "Shape Optimization and Isoperimetric and Functional Inequalities" (Italy)
  • 2018: American Institute of Mathematics (San Jose) workshop participant on "Steklov eigenproblems", Graduation speaker for PhD and Masters recipients (U. of Illinois Graduate College), New Mexico State U. (colloquium), New Zealand Mathematical Society annual meeting (Dunedin), Canadian Mathematical Society winter meeting (Vancouver), Conference on "Results in Contemporary Mathematical Physics" (Santiago, Chile)
  • 2017: U. of West Georgia, Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA), U. of Pittsburgh (colloquium), Spectral Days Conference (Stuttgart), U. of Washington, U. of Lisbon
  • 2016: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology undergraduate colloquium, MAA Sectional Plenary Address (Jacksonville, IL), Conference on “Fifty Years of Hearing Drums: Spectral Geometry and the Legacy of Mark Kac” (Santiago, Chile), Mini-course on “Spectral Theory of elliptic differential operators” at the CRM Summer school on Spectral Theory and Applications (U. Laval), CIRM-Luminy conference “Shape optimization, Isoperimetric and Functional Inequalities”
  • 2015: Banff Workshop on Laplacians and Heat Kernels: Theory and Applications, Nazarbayev U., U. Laval, U. Montreal, ICMS Edinburgh Workshop on Shape Optimization and Spectral Geometry
  • 2014: Illinois Wesleyan U. (Natural Science Colloquium), Oklahoma State U. (colloquium), U. of Oregon, MSRI-UP undergraduate colloquium, Red Raider Symposium (Texas Tech U.), Bradley U. (colloquium)
  • 2013: Purdue U. (colloquium), U. of Missouri at Columbia, Workshop on Spectral Theory and Geometry (Neuchatel), SIAM minisymposium on Laplacian Spectra for Shape Optimization, Classification, Recognition, and Beyond (San Diego)
  • 2012: U. of Oregon (colloquium), U. of Oregon (seminar), CIRM-Luminy conference Shape Optimization Problems and Spectral Theory, Oberwolfach workshop Geometric Aspects of Spectral Theory, De Giorgi Center-Pisa workshop Geometric and Analytic Techniques in Calculus of Variations and PDEs
  • 2011: International Conference on Harmonic Analysis and Applications (Macquarie University), Otago U. (seminar), Oklahoma State U. (colloquium), Washington U. in St. Louis (seminar)
  • 2010: International Conference on the Isoperimetric Problem of Queen Dido and its Mathematical Ramifications (Carthage, Tunisia), U. of Arizona (colloquium), U. of Arizona (seminar)
  • 2009: U. of Kentucky, Conference on Twenty Years of Wavelets (DePaul U., Chicago), Conference on Time-Frequency (Strobl, Austria)
  • 2008: New Mexico State U., U. of Canterbury, Technical U. of Denmark, Symposium on Computational Harmonic Analysis (U. Missouri, St. Louis), 7th Australia - New Zealand Mathematics Convention
  • 2007: Conference on Trends in Harmonic Analysis (Strobl, Austria), SIAM Special Session (Memphis), Illinois/Missouri Applied Harmonic Analysis Seminar, Vanderbilt U.
  • 2006: International Conference on Harmonic Analysis (Merlo, Argentina), Dalhousie U., U.S.-Croatian Workshop on Wavelets (Washington U. in St. Louis)
  • 2005: U. Missouri at Columbia, Conference on Modern Methods of Time-Frequency Analysis (Austria), Washington U. in St. Louis (Loeb Undergraduate Lecture), U. Minnesota
  • 2004: Washington U. in St. Louis, Iowa State U., Workshop on Harmonic and Functional Analyses of Wavelets (Singapore), U. Basel, U. Autonoma de Barcelona, National U. of Singapore, U. of Canterbury, U. of Auckland
  • 2003: U. of Auckland, Massey U., Victoria U., U. of Otago, U. of Toronto, Indiana U., Michigan State U.
  • 2002: Oklahoma State U., Washington U. in St. Louis
  • 2001: Texas Tech U., U. of Basel, Oberwolfach Conference "Elliptic and Parabolic Problems of Higher Order", U. of Canterbury, Indiana U.
  • 2000: Washington U. in St. Louis, U. of Missouri
  • 1999: Edinburgh Conference "Dynamics of Thin Fluid Films", Oklahoma State U., Northwestern U.
  • 1998: Wabash seminar, Purdue U., U. of Virginia, Washington U., Wright State U., Oberwolfach Conference "Geometric Questions in Partial Differential Equations".
  • 1997: Vanderbilt Conference on Differential Equations, U. of Illinois (Urbana), U. of Illinois (Chicago), Northwestern U., U. of Missouri, Georgia Tech.
  • 1996: Rice U., Washington U., Georgetown U., George Washington U., U. of Arkansas, U. of Maryland at College Park, Purdue U.
  • 1996 MSRI Conference "Sharp Inequalities", Mt. Holyoke Meeting "Optimization Methods in PDE"
  • 1996 Oberwolfach Conference "Geometric Function Theory"
  • 1995: Wayne State U., Technion in Haifa, Cornell U., Brown U., SUNY at Stony Brook, Institute for Advanced Study
  • 1994: Florida State U., Washington U., U. of Auckland (New Zealand), U. of Canterbury (New Zealand)
  • 1993: SUNY at Stony Brook, U. of Auckland (New Zealand)
  • 1992: U. of Michigan, Purdue U., U. of Illinois at Urbana, Justus-Liebig Universitat (Germany), York U. (England)

  • AMS Special Sessions in 2015-1994: East Lansing, Knoxville, St. Louis, Lexington, Urbana, Baton Rouge, Chicago, Eugene, Pittsburgh, Lawrence, Birmingham, South Bend, Winston--Salem, Chicago, Louisville, Columbia (MO), Chattanooga, Orlando, Hartford, Cincinnati

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