Kevin Corlette was appointed as the Director of IMSI on August 1, 2020. He has been a faculty member of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Chicago since 1987. He served as chair of the department from 2001-2007, and again from 2017-2020. In addition, he served as director of the Masters Program in Financial Mathematics from 2012-2015. His research lies in differential and algebraic geometry, and has touched on areas such as non-Abelian Hodge theory, rigidity of lattices in Lie groups, and representations of fundamental groups of Kähler manifolds. He was a recipient of an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Sloan Research Fellowship, and a Presidential Young Investigator Award. He was an invited speaker at the 1994 International Congress of Mathematicians.
Douglas Simpson was appointed as the Associate Director of IMSI on August 1, 2020. He has been a faculty member of the Department of Statistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1985, serving as chair of the department from 2000-2019. In addition, he served as director of the department’s statistical consulting center 1995-2000. His research areas include applied and computational statistics, robust statistical methods, machine learning, and functional data methodology for quantitative image analysis. He was a recipient of an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. He has served on NSF review panels and as a regular member of the NIH Biostatistical Methods and Research Design study group. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association, and the Institute for Mathematical Statistics.
Takis Souganidis is Professor of Mathematics and Member of the Committee in Computational and Applied Mathematics at the University of Chicago. He works in deterministic and stochastic partial differential equations, and is interested in applied mathematics. He was a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship, and a Presidential Young Investigator Award. He was an invited speaker at the 1994 International Congress of Mathematicians and the 2019 International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He is a Fellow of the AAAS, AMS, and SIAM.
Philip (Bo) W. Hammer was appointed Executive Director of IMSI on January 1, 2021. Hammer comes to IMSI after 10 years at the American Institute of Physics, where he was the founding and interim Executive Director of the AIP Foundation. He also led AIP’s major antiracism initiative that addressed under representation of African Americans in physics and astronomy. Hammer received his BS in Physics from Humboldt State University and his PhD in Physics from the University of Oregon. From 1991-93, Hammer was an ONR Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Silver Spring, MD. Hammer spent the ‘93-’94 year as an APS Congressional Science Fellow working on the staff of the Subcommittee on Science in the US House of Representatives. He worked at AIP from 1994-2000, and was Director of the Society of Physics Students and Sigma Pi Sigma. From 2000-2008, Hammer was a vice president The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia. Hammer is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.