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Svitlana Mayboroda writing on chalkboard
Collaboration Director, Principal Investigator

Svitlana Mayboroda is the Northrop Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota. Her expertise lies in harmonic analysis, geometric measure theory, and partial differential equations, as well as an extended range of applications of these fields ranging from condensed matter physics to materials science to engineering.

Douglas Arnold
Principal Investigator

Douglas N. Arnold is the McKnight Presidential Professor of Mathematics at the University of Minnesota. His research interests are in computational mathematics, centered on the design and analysis of numerical algorithms for partial differential equations and their application to physical problems ranging from the deformation of elastic shells to the collision of black holes.

Alain Aspect
Principal Investigator

Alain Aspect is a professor at Institut d'Optique Graduate School (Augustin Fresnel chair), and at Ecole Polytechnique, in Palaiseau, France. He is an experimentalist in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, whose interests bear on basic quantum phenomena. His thesis on experimental tests of Bell's inequalities has settled a debate initiated by Bohr and Einstein 50 years earlier, and marked the start of the vibrant field of quantum information science. This work has been selected as the “Physical Review Milestone Letter” of the year 1981.

Guy David
Principal Investigator

Guy David is a Professor of Mathematics at the Université de Paris Sud, Laboratoire de Mathematiques d’Orsay. His main areas of expertise are in Harmonic analysis, Geometric measure Theory, and the Calculus of Variations.

Marcel Filoche
Principal Investigator

Marcel Filoche is CNRS Research Director in Condensed Matter Physics at Ecole Polytechnique. His research interests are in the physics of complex and disordered geometries, with an emphasis on wave localization and absorption in complex structures, and transport in the pulmonary airway system at the biomedical interface. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1985 and obtained his PhD in Physics from Université Paris-Sud Orsay in 1991.

Sir Richard Friend
Principal Investigator

Sir Richard Friend holds the Cavendish Professorship of Physics at the University of Cambridge. His research encompasses the physics, materials science and engineering of semiconductor devices made with carbon-based semiconductors, particularly polymers. His research advances have shown that carbon-based semiconductors have signifcant applications in LEDs, solar cells, lasers, and electronics.

David Jerison
Principal Investigator

David Jerison is Professor of Mathematics at MIT. His research interests are in Fourier analysis and partial differential equations. Jerison has written one dozen articles in top journals (Acta Math, Annals of Math, Inventiones, and Journal of the AMS). With Carlos Kenig, he made fundamental contributions to the theory of Harnack inequalities and harmonic measure in nonsmooth and fractal domains and to the theory of Carleman inequalities.

Yves Meyer
Principal Investigator

Yves Meyer, professor emeritus at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay in France, proves that, in contrast to what F. Scott Fitzgerald said about American lives; in mathematics a life can indeed have a second act, and perhaps even several more. Having made important contributions in the field of number theory early in his career, Meyer’s boundless energy and curiosity prompted him to work on methods for breaking down complex mathematical objects into simpler wavelike components – a topic called harmonic analysis.

James Speck
Principal Investigator

James S. Speck is a Professor in the Materials Department at the University of California Santa Barbara. He received his B.S.M.E. degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1983 and his S.M. and Sc.D. in materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985 and 1989, respectively.

Claude Weisbuch
Principal Investigator

Claude Weisbuch is Distinguished Professor in the materials department of University of California at Santa Barbara and Directeur de Recherche emeritus at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) at Ecole Polytechnique. He has held positions at University of Paris, and in various industries, at Bell Laboratories, Saint-Gobain and Thomson-CSF (now Thales).

Shujina Kamura
Consultant

Shuji Nakamura was born on May 22, 1954 in Ehime, Japan. He obtained B.E., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tokushima, Japan in 1977, 1979, and 1994, respectively. He joined Nichia Chemical Industries Ltd in 1979. In 1988, he spent a year at the University of Florida as a visiting research associate. In 1989 he started the research of blue LEDs using group-III nitride materials. In 1990, he developed a novel MOCVD system for GaN growth, which was named Two-Flow MOCVD.

Jill Pipher
Consultant

Jill Catherine Pipher is the president-elect of the American Mathematical Society, and will begin a two-year term in 2019. She is the past-president of the Association of Women in Mathematics (AWM, 2011–2013), and she was the first director of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM, 2011–2016), an NSF-funded mathematics institute based in Providence, Rhode Island.

Terrence Tao
Consultant

Terence Tao is an Australian-American mathematician working at the University of California, Los Angeles, focusing, among other areas, on harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, algebraic combinatorics, arithmetic combinatorics, geometric combinatorics, compressed sensing and analytic number theory. Professor Tao was awarded a Fields Medal in 2006 “for his contributions to partial differential equations, combinatorics, harmonic analysis and additive number theory.”

Thomas Bourdel
Affiliated Scientist

Thomas Bourdel received his PhD from Ecole-Normale Superior – Paris in 2013 under the supervision of Dr. Alain Aspect and Dr. Philippe Bouyer. In his role as a CNRS researcher, he is working on an all optical cooling experiment and disorder in 2D. Dr. Bourdel studies gases in reduced dimensions (1D, 2D), where quantum and thermal fluctuations are most important. He also studies non-interacting phenomena such as Anderson localization, i.e. the absence of diffusion due to multiple quantum interference.

Yann Chalopin
Affiliated Scientist

Yann Chalopin was a postdoctoral associate from 2009 to 2010 at M.I.T with  prof. Gang Chen. He received his M.S. (2006) in solid state physics and Ph.D. (2009) from Ecole Centrale Paris, under the supervision of prof. J.J. Greffet. Yann is currently a CNRS research scientist at Ecole CentraleSupelec. His research interests include the theoretical aspects of nanoscale energy transport and conversion (nano-optics, nanoscale heat transport) and the development of computational methods to study physical properties of low-dimensional systems.

Zanbing Dai
Graduate Student

Zanbing Dai is a Ph.D student advised by Svitlana Mayboroda. His research interests are in Partial Differential Equation, Harmonic Analysis and Operator theory. He obtained a Master degree in Mathematics advised by Pierre Portal and a Bachelor degree in Actuarial Studies from the Australian National University.

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Perceval Desforges
Graduate Student

Perceval Desforges is a graduate student at École Polytechnique working with Marcel Filoche on the localization landscape. Specifically, his work revolves around numerical simulations studying the properties of this new mathematical tool. He graduated from the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 2016 where he studied high energy physics.

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Max Engelstein
Affiliated Scientist

Max Engelstein received his PhD in mathematics at the University of Chicago in 2016 under the supervision of Professor Carlos Kenig. He is currently finishing a CLE Moore Instructorship/NSF Postdoc at MIT with Professor David Jerison. He is mainly interested in the intersection of harmonic analysis, geometric measure theory and partial differential equations. He has also studied several questions regarding regularity in the calculus of variations. 

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Maroun Fouad
Researcher

Maroun Fouad received his PhD from Ecole Polytechnique (Palaiseau France) in 1998 under the supervision of Dr J. N. Chazalviel and Dr. F. Ozanam.  His research focuses on the fundamental aspects of the nanometer electrochemical deposition/dissolution of ultra–thin films and alloys and the properties of these films. His aim is to correlate the properties with the local atomic environment and his main expertise is the scanning probe microscopy, X–Ray diffraction and magnetic measurements all operated in solution.

Kaibo Hu
Postdoctoral Associate

Kaibo Hu received his PhD from Peking University in 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Jinchao Xu. Before moving to the University of Minnesota, he was a postdoctal researcher at the University of Oslo from 2017 to 2018. His main research interests include applied mathematics, numerical analysis and scientific computing, in particular compatible discretization, finite elements and multilevel methods with applications in various physical problems.

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Vincent Josse
Affiliated Scientist

Vincent Josse received his PhD at the Laboratoire Kastler Brossel (ENS Paris) in the Quantum Optics group under the supervision of Dr. E. Giacobino (DR, CNRS). He is an Assistant professor at Institut d’Optique in the Laboratoire Charles Fabry where he is the leader of a project that focuses on quantum transport of matter wave, specifically Anderson localization. Ultracold atomic systems offers new approaches to these issues.

Jean-Marie Lentali
Graduate Student

Jean-Marie Lentali is a PhD student at Ecole Polytechnique (France), under the supervision of Marcel Filoche. He studied electrical engineering and nanotechnologies at the Ecole Polytechnique for 3 years, followed by several internships in spintronics and superconductivity specialized laboratories.

Guillaume Lherureux
Postdoctoral Associate

Guillaume Lheureux is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California in Santa Barbara with Prof. Weisbuch and Prof. Speck. His work focuses on III-Nitride semiconductor devices physics and on developing realistic simulations of their particular behaviors. During his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Bellessa at the University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1, he experimentally studied hybrid metal/semiconductor Tamm plasmons structures.

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Tyson Loudon
Graduate Student

Tyson Loudon is currently a fourth year PhD student in applied mathematics at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities working under Professor Douglas Arnold. Before coming to the University of Minnesota Tyson completed my Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin and my Master of Science in Computational and Applied Mathematics at the Colorado School of Mines.

Jacques Peretti
Researcher

Jacques Peretti  is CNRS Research Director at Ecole polytechnique in France. He obtained his PhD in Physics from Université Paris-Sud Orsay in 1992. After a one-year postdoc stay at Freie Universität Berlin he obtained a permanent position at the CNRS. In 1990, He received the Young Author Best Paper Award from IBM. In 1995, he received the CNRS Bronze Medal. Since 2003, he leads the Electrons-Photons-Surfaces group of the Condensed Matter Physics Lab at Ecole Polytechnique. His main research interests are in the physics of semiconductors.

Bruno Poggi
Graduate Student

Bruno Poggi is a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota working with Svitlana Mayboroda. His current research interests lie at the intersection of geometric measure theory, harmonic analysis, and partial differential equations, with particular emphasis on boundary value problems in rough media for elliptic PDEs and generalized Schrodinger equation. Previously, he also worked on the inverse Stefan problem in his Master's thesis at Florida Institute of Technology.

Guillermo Rey
Postdoctoral Associate

Guillermo Rey is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota. His work focuses on localization of eigenfunctions and the behavior of harmonic measure on rough boundaries. His main research interests include harmonic analysis, geometric measure theory, and partial differential equations. Previously, he worked as a software engineer at Google, after completing his Ph.D. in mathematics at Michigan State University in 2015.

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Brian Shi
Graduate Student

Brian Shi is a graduate student at the University of Minnesota under the supervision of Douglas Arnold. His interests are in numerical analysis, high performance computing and their intersection. Before that, he did his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Yuhrenn Wu
Affiliated Scientist

Prof. Yuh-Renn Wu received the Bachelor degree in Physics from National Taiwan University in 1998. He received his Master degree in Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering, National Taiwan University in 2000. He received the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2006. He joined the Graduate Institute of Photonics and Optoelectronic and Department of Electrical Engineering in National Taiwan University as an assistant professor in 2007. He was promoted as a full professor in 2016. Prof.