University of Rochester

Mathematician Wins Science Foundation's CAREER Award

March 4, 2008

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded one of its prestigious CAREER grants to Dan-Andrei Geba, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Rochester. The NSF CAREER award is given to promising scientists early in their careers and the selection is based on creative proposals that effectively integrate research and education. The grant will provide up to $451,000 over a five-year period to help Geba develop his research.

"We are all delighted that Dan has won this award," says Steve Gonek, chair of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Rochester. "What especially stands out about Dan is the tremendous talent, creativity, and energy he brings to both his mathematical research and teaching."

Geba studies hyperbolic equations, the most prominent examples of which are the Einstein equations, which arise in general relativity. Physicists can give a very precise intuitive account of how the phenomena described by these equations should unfold, but an understanding of the mathematics behind these equations is still unknown. Geba's research is aimed at uncovering the fundamental structure underlying hyperbolic equations.

Geba has plans to further develop the department's Problem Solving Seminar for undergraduates, which he helped to create. He will also develop courses in partial differential equations aimed at both undergraduate and graduate students.

Geba will also lead a team that will create the Rochester Area Math Circle, a weekly math enrichment activity for middle- and high-school students. The Circle, which will feature lectures, problem-solving sessions, and training for students who plan to compete in the Math Olympiads, will involve a wide range of mathematics educators and students, both as lecturers and coordinators.