Board of Advisors


C. Allen Butler

C. Allen Butler is President and CEO of Daniel H. Wagner Associates, Inc., an operations research and software development company. He specializes in multi-sensor data fusion, resource optimization, mission planning and optimal search. He is an elected Fellow of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He is Treasurer of the Mathematical Association of America.

T. Tony Cai

T. Tony Cai is the Daniel H. Silberberg Professor of Statistics at the Wharton School and Professor in the Applied Mathematics and Computational Science Graduate Group at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the Vice Dean for China Initiatives at the Wharton School. He works in high-dimensional statistics, statistical machine learning, functional data analysis, statistical decision theory, and nonparametric function estimation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (2006) and the recipient of the 2008 COPSS Presidents’ Award from the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies.

Laura Frerichs

Laura Frerichs is the Director of the Research Park and Director of Economic Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She Serves on the boards of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, the Illinois Technology Association and the Illinois Science and Tech Coalition. Her awards include the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award (2015), the 2013 Athena Young Professional Award, and the 2009 “Woman of the Year” award by Central Illinois Business Magazine.

Pierre-Louis Lions

Pierre-Louis Lions holds the Chair on Partial Differential Equations and Applications at the College de France. He works in partial differential equations, mean field games, stochastic processes, and big data modeling. He received the 1994 Fields Medal and is a Commander in France’s Legion of Honor (2014). His international reputation has earned him memberships in the national academies of sciences in Brazil, Italy, Argentina, and Chile.

Brooke Shipley

Brooke Shipley is Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a former director of UIC Women in Science and Engineering System Transformation. She works in algebraic topology, homotopy theory, commutative algebra, and derived algebraic geometry. She is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (2015) and a 2002 recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship.

Karen Willcox

Karen Willcox is the Director of the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, the W. A. “Tex” Moncrief, Jr. Chair in Simulation-Based Engineering and Sciences, and the Peter O’Donnell, Jr. Centennial Chair in Computing Systems at the University of Texas at Austin. She works in multi-fidelity uncertainty quantification and adaptive reduced models. She is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 2017 she was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Patrick Wolfe

Board of Advisors Chair

Patrick Wolfe is the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of Science and the Miller Family Professor of Statistics and Computer Science at Purdue University, and a trustee of the Alan Turing Institute. He works in modelling and inference for graphs and networks, statistical imaging and image processing, time series and time-frequency analysis, audio signal processing, and acoustic modelling. He is a Royal Society University Research Fellow from University College London and a 2009 recipient of the US Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

Eric Zaslow

Eric Zaslow is Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Northwestern University. He works in symplectic geometry, mirror symmetry, mathematical physics, and string theory. He was a Simons Fellow in 2012-2013 and a recipient of the Sloan Research Fellowship (2000).