Ivan Avramidi


I am currently Chairman of the Department of Mathematics at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where my primary responsibilities include managing department resources, serving as a liaison between the department and the executive administrators and representing the department and the institution to external bodies.

I am a tenured full Professor of Mathematics. I have received my PhD from Moscow State University in 1987 in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics and began my academic career as a Research Scientist at the Research Institute for Physics of Rostov State University. I have also been awarded a Russian academic degree of the Senior Research Scientist in 1993, which is roughly equivalent to the rank of the Associate Professor.

In 1989 in a national competition I have won a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program) Research Scholarship and spent one year (1989-1990) at the University of Karlsruhe and the Max-Planck Institute for Physics in Germany. I was one of the first few people to receive the DAAD Scholarschip in Russia. Also, in 1991, I was one of the first academics in Russia who got a research Grant from the Russian government for the next three years.

In 1993 in a world-wide competition I have won the prestigious Alexander-von-Humboldt Research Fellowship (Germany) and spent the next three years working at the University of Greifswald in Germany. In 1995 I was invited by the National Institute for Nuclear Physics and the University of Naples in Italy to spend a semester presenting a series of advanced lectures and collaborating on a research project. My lectures were so popular among students that my lecture notes were stolen from the institute library. In 1996, together with my German collaborator, I secured a Grant of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Science Foundation) to continue working at the University of Greifswald for another two years.

In 1997 I came to the US, first, as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, and since 1999 as an Associate Professor of Mathematics at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology with an early tenure in 2002; I became Full Professor in 2005 and Chairman in 2013. Also, I should mention that I became a naturalized US citizen in 2005 as an Alien of Extraordinary Abilities.

I am an accomplished researcher with more than 20 years of research experience in physics and mathematics and a research program that spans such areas as global analysis, geometric analysis, mathematical physics, spectral geometry, differential geometry, quantum field theory, quantum gravity and financial mathematics. My publication record is extensive: I have more than 60 publications, among others, two books and more than 50 refereed papers. My papers are cited more than 1439 times in Google Scholar with one paper cited more than 208 times. I was an invited keynote and plenary speaker at several conferences. I organized Special Sessions of the American Mathematical Society; I was an Adviser of a summer school and a member of scientific and program committees of several international conferences.

I am a leading world expert in so called heat kernel methods with an established international reputation. This is evidenced, in particular, by the fact that in 2007 I was invited by the Head of Research and Development of the NATIXIS Corporate and Investment Bank in Paris, France, to present a series of lectures for their quantitative analysts on the application of analyticand geometric methods for modeling various derivative products in finance. Currently, an expanded version of these lectures ``Heat Kernel Method and Its Applications in Finance'' is under review with the Cambridge University Press.

I am an Associate Editor of eight journals and a referee for more than 20 journals. I reviewed grant proposals for funding agencies, such as National Science Foundation, U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation and foreign governments as well as book proposals for publishing companies.

I have extensive teaching experience at various schools from a small public engineering school to a large public research university. I have taught a wide range of courses at both undergraduate and graduate level. I am constantly improving my teaching, developing new courses, trying new textbooks, new methods, new formats, new technology and innovative styles of teaching to create a strong learning environment for students that stresses academic excellence. In particular, I always implement my own cutting-edge research into my graduate classes. The success of these projects is evidenced by my teaching evaluations. I have been the adviser of graduate students, at both PhD and MS level, in mathematical physics and mathematics.

I organized a number of new seminars, which became very popular, and encouraged students to form the collaborative graduate-level study group. Also, I was the lead person on the new graduate-student collaborative learning space of the Mathematics Department equipped with the cutting-edge modern communication and presentation technology. I am committed to the education and well-being of students in and out of classroom. For example, I have scheduled an evening class to avoid scheduling conflicts of the students and to include as many students as possible.

I understand very well the magnitude of challenges the higher education faces today. My teaching, research and administrative experience has given me a broad view of education and I believe that I could contribute to the solution of these challenges. As far as I remember myself, I always liked facing and overcoming challenges by identifying resources available, building up an appropriate infrastructure and creating new opportunities. As you can see from my career, I am that kind of an ambitious person who sets challenging goals by "raising the bar" and actually performs better under pressure.

Ivan Avramidi