Faculty Speakers

Noam Elkies

Noam D. Elkies is a professor of mathematics at Harvard University. His main research interests are in arithmetic geometry and computational number theory, notably elliptic curves and K3 surfaces; he has also contributed to the study of sphere packing, coding theory, and combinatorics. His main interest outside mathematics is classical music, and he often lectures on the intersection between mathematics and music, most recently as the Frame Lecturer for the centennial MathFest meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. Elkies has won the Lester R. Ford Award and the Levi L. Conant Prize, both for excellence in expository writing about mathematics. website

G-sharp, A-flat, and the Euclidean Algorithm

Susan Loepp

Susan Loepp is a professor of mathematics at Williams College. Her primary research area is in commutative algebra for which she has been a plenary speaker at MathFest, a national meeting of the Mathematical Association of America. She has supervised the research of approximately 50 undergraduate students, and has directed the REU site at Williams College and worked with Williams students in their SSP program; both programs actively promote involvement of students from underrepresented groups in mathematical research. She is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a winner of the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award, a national award for the teaching of college mathematics. She is also coauthor of the book, Protecting Information: From Classical Error Correction to Quantum Cryptography. website

Polynomials, Power Series, and Cool Theorems Proved by Undergraduates

Rodrigo Platte

Rodrigo Platte is an assistant professor at Arizona State University. His research interests include approximation theory, numerical analysis, scientific computing and applied mathematics, with a focus on high-order and spectral methods. He frequently mentors undergraduate research projects. website

Polynomials and function approximation in applied mathematics

John Jones

John Jones is a professor of mathematics at Arizona State University. His research interests are in algebraic and computational number theory. website

Beating the Lottery