New Faculty

The Math Department succeeded in hiring four outstanding tenure track faculty in 2011.

NameBrief Biography

Brian Street
Brian received his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 2003. He went on to study with Elias M. Stein at Princeton University and obtained his Ph.D. in 2007. He then spent two years as Coxeter Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and two years as Van Vleck Assistant Professor at UW Madison, supported in part by an NSF postdoctoral fellowship. Brian has worked on a broad range of topics in analysis, from harmonic to complex analysis to inverse problems in partial differential equations. In his recent research he proved a quantitative version of the classical Frobenius theorem in differential geometry, and used it to develop new multiparameter theories of singular Radon transforms.

Matchett Wood
Melanie received her Ph.D. in 2009 from Princeton under the supervision of Manjul Bhargava, and since then has completed a remarkable thirteen papers, including publications in Compositio Mathematica, Journal of the London Mathematical Society, and International Mathematical Research Notices. Her work is centered on algebraic number theory and arithmetic geometry, with a special attention to arithmetic counting problems; so her work sits at the interface between very concrete questions (e.g. "How many number fields are there with discriminant between 1 and X and some specified Galois group?") and contemporary techniques (moduli stacks, prehomogeneous vector spaces...) Wood was selected as one of two AIM Five-Year-Fellows in the United States in 2009, won a Clay Math Institute Liftoff Fellowship, and holds an individual NSF grant; prior to graduate school she was a winner of the Morgan Prize (for best undergraduate research in North America) and a member of the US IMO Team. Before coming to UW she was a Szego Assistant Professor at Stanford.
Wood taught a topics course in Fall 2011 for graduate students in varieties over finite fields, and in Spring 2012 she will lead the collaborative undergraduate research lab, funded by UW's NSF-RTG training grant.

Matchett Wood
Phil earned his Ph.D. at Rutgers University under the direction of Van H. Vu. He is interested in random matrices, and his thesis work studied the question of determining the probability that a random matrix has determinant zero if each entry is independently +1 or -1 with equal probability. After graduating from Rutgers, Phil was an NSF postdoc at UCLA under the direction of Terence Tao (Fall 2009) and thereafter at Stanford under the direction of Persi Diaconis. Phil's wife, Melanie Matchett Wood, is also a new member of the UW-Madison math department, and on occasion, you may notice their one-and-a-half-year-old daughter visiting the department as well. Phil grew up just a few hours away in La Crosse, and is looking forward to the winter season. The transition to a new department and new city has gone well for the family, and Phil is particularly excited to join the math department at UW-Madison, with its strong probability group and researchers interested in random matrices.

Jun Yin
Jun obtained his BA in the Special Class for the Gifted Young of the University of Science and Technology of China. He went on to get a Ph.D. in 2008 from Princeton University, before moving to Harvard University, where he was a Benjamin Peirce Lecturer for three years. For his thesis he was awarded a Gold Medal of New World Mathematics, contested by Chinese mathematics Ph.D. students worldwide, in 2010. His current research interests lie in random matrix theory and interacting gas systems.