Berlekamp
As Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and EECS at UC Berkeley, Elwyn Berlekamp (19402019) was famous for his work in coding theory and combinatorial game theory. His passion for mathematical puzzles and problems dated back to his years as an undergraduate student, when he illustrated himself as one of the five top scorers in the notoriously difficult Putnam competition. Dr. Berlekamp was well known for the WelchBerlekamp and Berlekamp–Massey algorithms, which are used to implement Reed–Solomon error correction. In addition, he coauthored the books Winning Ways for your Mathematical Plays and Mathematical Go.
Dr. Berlekamp was also the recipient of several honors and prizes. In 1991, he received the IEEE Richard W. Hamming Medal, and in 1993, the Claude E. Shannon Award, and in 1998, a Golden Jubilee Award for Technological Innovation from the IEEE Information Theory Society. Elwyn Berlekamp was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and of the National Academy of Sciences. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996, and became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2013.
The Berlekamp Postdoctoral Fellowship was established in 2014 by a group of his friends—colleagues and former students whose lives have been touched by Dr. Berlekamp in many ways.
Berlekamp Fellows

Nicolle Sandoval Gonzalez
PhD, University of Southern California
Berlekamp Fellow,
Spring 2020
Higher Categories and Categorification 
Piotr Achinger
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Berlekamp Fellow,
Spring 2019
Derived Algebraic Geometry 
Tomasz Tkocz
PhD, University of Warwick
Berlekamp Fellow,
Fall 2017
Geometric Functional Analysis and Applications 
Maria Nastasescu
PhD, California Institute of Technology
Berlekamp Fellow,
Spring 2017
Analytic Number Theory 
Georg Menz
PhD, University of Bonn
Berlekamp Fellow,
Fall 2015
New Challenges in PDE: Deterministic Dynamics and Randomness in High and Infinite Dimensional Systems 
Bao Viet Le Hung
PhD, Harvard University
Berlekamp Fellow,
Spring 2015
New Geometric Methods in Number Theory and Automorphic Forms
ChaChern
The ChaChern scholarship combines two funds that were established by Johnson Cha and the family of ShiingShen Chern. Both funds are designated to support Chinese scholars during their stay at MSRI.
ShiingShen Chern (1911–2004) was an outstanding contributor to research in differential geometry and devised the now named Chern characteristic classes in fibre spaces. He also gave proof of the famous GaussBonnet formula. Chern received an M.S. degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and a doctor of sciences degree from the University of Hamburg (Germany). In 1949, Chern accepted the chair of geometry at the University of Chicago and moved to the University of California, Berkeley, in 1960. He was elected member of the United States National Academy of Sciences a year later. After his retirement from UC Berkeley, Chern was one of the three founders of MSRI and acted as its first director (1981–84). He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1975 and the Wolf Prize in 1983.
Johnson Cha served on MSRI’s Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2004. During this time, Mr. Cha created a fund to support Chinese scholars during their stay at MSRI. Mr. Cha is Managing Director of the Mingly Corporation, a Hong Kong investment company focused on building technology companies in the Silicon Valley and the Asia Pacific region, especially China. Mr. Cha holds a BS in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Stanford's Graduate School of Business.
ChaChern Fellows

YuehJu Lin
PhD, University of Notre Dame
ChaChern Fellow,
Spring 2016
Differential Geometry 
Qiongling Li
PhD, Rice University
ChaChern Fellow,
Spring 2015
Dynamics on Moduli Spaces of Geometric Structures 
Yaping Yang
PhD, Northeastern University
ChaChern Fellow,
Fall 2014
Geometric Representation Theory 
Haotian Wu
PhD, University of Texas
ChaChern Fellow,
Fall 2013
Mathematical General Relativity
Stephen Della Pietra
Stephen Della Pietra received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton University in 1981, and his PhD in mathematical physics from Harvard University in 1986. From 1987 to 1988, he was a postdoctoral fellow at The University of Texas at Austin. From 1988 to 1989, he was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
From 1989 to 1995, he was a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights and Hawthorne, New York. As a project leader of the natural language understanding group, his primary research focused on machine translation and natural language understanding. In 1995 he joined Renaissance Technologies, where he currently comanages the General Research Group and works on statistical methods to model the stock market.
Stephen is cofounder of the Della Pietra Lecture Series at Stony Brook University. This series brings worldrenowned scientists to the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and is intended to bring awareness of recent and impactful discoveries in physics and mathematics to high school, undergraduate and graduate students. Stephen is a board member of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, is on the advisory council of the astrophysics department at Princeton University, as treasurer of the National Museum of Mathematics in New York, and is a board member of the nonprofit organization PIVOT.
Stephen Della Pietra Fellows

Colleen Delaney
PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
Stephen Della Pietra Fellow,
Spring 2020
Quantum Symmetries 
D. Lukas B. Brantner
PhD, Harvard University
Stephen Della Pietra Fellow,
Spring 2019
Derived Algebraic Geometry 
Liran Rotem
PhD, Tel Aviv University
Stephen Della Pietra Fellow,
Fall 2017
Geometric Functional Analysis and Applications
Vincent Della Pietra
Vincent Della Pietra received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Princeton University in 1981, and his PhD in mathematical physics from Harvard University in 1986. From 1987 to 1988, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. From 1988 to 1989, he conducted postdoctoral research at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
From 1989 to 1995, he was a research staff member at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights and Hawthorne, New York. As a project leader of the natural language understanding group, his primary research focused on machine translation and natural language understanding. In 1995 he joined Renaissance Technologies, where he currently comanages the General Research Group and works on statistical methods to model the stock market.
Vincent is cofounder of the Della Pietra Lecture Series at Stony Brook University. This series brings worldrenowned scientists to the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, and is intended to bring awareness of recent and impactful discoveries in physics and mathematics to high school, undergraduate and graduate students. He also serves as a board member of the nonprofit organization PIVOT.
Della Pietra Fellows

Esther Elbaz Saban
PhD, Université de Paris VII (Denis Diderot)
Vincent Della Pietra Fellow,
Fall 2020
Decidability, Definability and Computability in Number Theory 
Laura Fredrickson
PhD, University of Texas, Austin
Vincent Della Pietra Fellow,
Fall 2019
Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics 
Yuchen Liu
PhD, Princeton University
Vincent Della Pietra Fellow,
Spring 2019
Birational Geometry and Moduli Spaces 
Inna EntovaAizenbud
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Vincent Della Pietra Fellow,
Spring 2018
Group Representation Theory and Applications
Gamelin
Theodore Gamelin graduated from Yale with a BS in 1960, and obtained his PhD at Berkeley in 1963. After several years spent between MIT and Argentina, Dr. Gamelin joined the UCLA mathematics department in 1968, where his career span 40 years. The main focus of his research has been in the area between functional analysis and complex analysis. He authored several publications including a couple of research monographs on function algebras and a textbook on complex analysis. He also coauthored a textbook on topology with Robert Greene, and a monograph on complex dynamical systems with Lennart Carleson. In the course of his career Dr. Gamelin was a Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Fellow at the Universität des Saarlandes, Germany, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Brown University.
Dr. Gamelin became deeply involved in mathematics education in the late 1990s, initially as a math specialist in connection with the California approval process for school math textbooks, and then in 1999 as faculty advisor to the California Mathematics Project, the headquarters of which moved to UCLA. Dr. Gamelin continues to be involved in writing projects for a California nonprofit group (CMAT), whose current focus is on middle school mathematics. He is a primary author of several math textbooks which have gone through the California state approval process.
Dr. Gamelin established the Gamelin Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2014 through a generous endowment gift to MSRI to support and foster young mathematical talents.
Gamelin Fellows

Soumya Sankar
PhD, University of WisconsinMadison
Gamelin Fellow,
Fall 2020
Random and Arithmetic Structures in Topology 
Katrina Morgan
PhD, University of North Carolina
Gamelin Fellow,
Fall 2019
Microlocal Analysis 
Kristin DeVleming
PhD, University of Washington
Gamelin Fellow,
Spring 2019
Birational Geometry and Moduli Spaces 
Annie Raymond
PhD, TU Berlin
Gamelin Fellow,
Fall 2017
Geometric and Topological Combinatorics 
Michael Cantrell
PhD, University of Oxford
Gamelin Fellow,
Fall 2016
Geometric Group Theory 
Bobby Wilson
PhD, University of Chicago
Gamelin Fellow,
Fall 2015
New Challenges in PDE: Deterministic Dynamics and Randomness in High and Infinite Dimensional Systems 
Han Li
PhD, Yale University
Gamelin Fellow,
Spring 2015
Geometric and Arithemtic Aspects of Homogeneous Dynamics
Huneke
Craig Huneke received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1973 and his PhD from Yale University in 1978. Twenty years later he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship at the Max Planck Institute in Bonn. Over the years, Dr. Huneke has earned international recognition for his work advancing the field of algebra. He coinvented “tight closure” with Melvin Hochster of the University of Michigan and is highly respected for his expertise in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. He is also recognized for his talent as expositor of mathematics for a general audience as well as for the mathematically sophisticated. Dr. Huneke is also committed to mathematics education and hopes that the Huneke Postdoctoral Fellows will take some interest in issues in mathematics education.
In 2012, Dr. Huneke became the first Marvin Rosenblum Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia after serving as the Henry J. Bischoff Professor of Mathematics at the University of Kansas since 1999.
Huneke Fellows

Yvon Verberne
PhD, University of Toronto
Huneke Fellow,
Fall 2020
Random and Arithmetic Structures in Topology 
Cris Negron
PhD, University of Washington
Huneke Fellow,
Spring 2020
Quantum Symmetries 
Rosa Maria Vargas
PhD, IIMASUniversidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Huneke Fellow,
Fall 2018
Hamiltonian Systems, from Topology to Applications through Analysis 
Anastasia Maria Chavez
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Huneke Fellow,
Fall 2017
Geometric and Topological Combinatorics 
Max Engelstein
PhD, University of Chicago
Huneke Fellow,
Spring 2017
Harmonic Analysis 
Andrea Mondino
PhD, International School for Advanced Studies
Huneke Fellow,
Spring 2016
Differential Geometry 
Sara Maloni
PhD, University of Warwick
Huneke Fellow,
Spring 2015
Dynamics on Moduli Spaces of Geometric Structures 
Emanuel Indrei
PhD, University of Texas
Huneke Fellow,
Fall 2013
Optimal Transport: Geometry and Dynamics 
Claudiu Raicu
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Huneke Fellow,
Spring 2013
Commutative Algebra
McDuff
Dusa McDuff received her PhD from Cambridge University in 1971. She has been in the United States since 1978, first as an Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University. While at Stony Brook she served as Department Chair and Undergraduate Director, and she has been interested in educational issues at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as being active in encouraging more women to study mathematics. Dr. McDuff joined the faculty at Barnard College in 2007.
Dr. McDuff has worked in symplectic topology since the early 1980s. She has written over 90 papers, as well as coauthored three books with Dietmar Salamon, most recently Jholomorphic curves and Symplectic Topology. McDuff has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, UC Berkeley, MIT, Harvard and, at MSRI (twice) as a mathematician, in addition to serving on MSRI’s Scientific Advisory Committee (199098, Chair 199396). She has served on the MSRI Board of Trustees (19982002 and 2005present) and she was elected Chair (19982001).
Dr. McDuff has been awarded numerous honors including the first Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize of the American Mathematical Society in 1991 and honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh (where she was a undergraduate) and the Universities of York and Strasbourg. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in London in 1994 and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995; she became a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1999.
McDuff Fellows

Nicholas Miller
PhD, Purdue University
McDuff Fellow,
Fall 2020
Random and Arithmetic Structures in Topology 
Dylan Allegretti
PhD, Yale University
McDuff Fellow,
Fall 2019
Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics 
Joseph Waldron
PhD, University of Cambridge
McDuff Fellow,
Spring 2019
Birational Geometry and Moduli Spaces 
Dr. Jørgen Vold Rennemo
PhD, Imperial College, London
McDuff Fellow,
Spring 2018
Enumerative Geometry Beyond Numbers 
David Hume
PhD, University of Oxford
McDuff Fellow,
Fall 2016
Geometric Group Theory
Strauch
Roger Strauch is Chairman of The Roda Group, a seed stage venture capital group, based in Berkeley, California. His firm, cofounded in 1997 with Dan Miller, provides entrepreneurs the resources, environment, and guidance to launch and grow their high technology businesses. The Roda Group was the largest investor in Solazyme, a renewable oil and bioproducts company and the leader in algal biotechnology.
In addition, Mr. Strauch is chairman of the board of directors of Cool Systems, the manufacturer of Game Ready, a medical physical therapy system. He was the first CEO and former chairman of Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com).
Mr. Strauch is also a member of the Engineering Dean’s College Advisory Boards of the University of California, Berkeley and Cornell University, and the recipient of the 2002 Wheeler Oak Meritorious Award from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2006, Mr. Strauch and his wife Dr. Julie Kulhanjian were named and honored as “Builders of Berkeley.”
Strauch Fellows

Martin Bobb
PhD, University of Texas, Austin
Strauch Fellow,
Fall 2020
Random and Arithmetic Structures in Topology 
David Reutter
PhD, University of Oxford
Strauch Fellow,
Spring 2020
Quantum Symmetries / Higher Categories and Categorification (Joint Appointment) 
Gabriel de Oliveira Martins
PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz
Strauch Fellow,
Fall 2018
Hamiltonian Systems, from Topology to Applications through Analysis 
Shotaro Makisumi
PhD, Stanford University
Strauch Fellow,
Spring 2018
Group Representation Theory and Applications 
Marina Iliopoulou
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Strauch Fellow,
Spring 2017
Harmonic Analysis 
Heather Macbeth
PhD, Princeton University
Strauch Fellow,
Spring 2016
Differential Geometry 
Jasmin Matz
PhD, HeinrichHeineUniversität Düsseldorf
Strauch Fellow,
Fall 2014
New Geometric Methods in Number Theory and Automorphic Forms 
Pierre Simon
PhD, Université de Paris XI
Strauch Fellow,
Spring 2014
Model Theory, Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory
Uhlenbeck
Karen Uhlenbeck served on the MSRI Board of Trustees from 19811990 and again from 20122016. She received her PhD from Brandeis University in 1968. Following appointments at MIT, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago, she has held since 1987 the Sid W. Richardson Foundations Regents Chair III in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin. From 20142017 she is a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She also served as the vice president of the American Mathematical Society (198790).
Dr. Uhlenbeck is a highly distinguished mathematician specializing in differential geometry, nonlinear partial differential equations, and mathematical physics. At the same time, her efforts across the educational spectrum, especially her role as a founder of the Park CityIAS Mathematical Institute, have added vitality to the mathematical scene. Uhlenbeck’s mentoring, both formal (as cofounder of the Annual Women in Mathematics Program at the IAS) and informal, is legendary.
Dr. Uhlenbeck has been awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the Steele Prize of the American Mathematical Society, the Abel Prize of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the U.S. National Medal of Science. In 1990, she became the second woman (after Emmy Noether in 1932) to present a plenary lecture at an International Congress of Mathematics. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Professor Uhlenbeck is the recipient of seven honorary degrees, most recently from Harvard, Princeton and Brandeis Universities.
Uhlenbeck Fellows

Xuwen Zhu
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Uhlenbeck Fellow,
Fall 2019
Microlocal Analysis 
Thomas McConville
PhD, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Uhlenbeck Fellow,
201819
Complementary Program 
Robert Muth
PhD, University of Oregon
Uhlenbeck Fellow,
Spring 2018
Group Representation Theory and Applications 
Naser Talebizadeh Sardari
PhD, University of Chicago
Uhlenbeck Fellow,
Spring 2017
Analytic Number Theory
Viterbi
Andrew Viterbi served on the MSRI Board of Trustees from April 2001 through February 2013. He is the coinventor of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) based digital cellular technology. In 2000, Dr. Viterbi retired from his position as vice chairman of the board of Qualcomm, a company he helped found in 1985. He had served as the company’s chief technical officer until 1996, when he became its vice chairman.
Before founding Qualcomm, Dr. Viterbi cofounded Linkabit Corporation, a digital communications company, in 1968. He is the inventor of the Viterbi Algorithm, a decoding algorithm used in most digital communication systems. Dr. Viterbi has spent some of his career in academia as professor in the Schools of Engineering at both UCLA and UC San Diego. Dr. Viterbi is now professor emeritus at UC San Diego.
Dr. Viterbi and his daughter, Dr. Audrey Viterbi, established The Viterbi Group in 2000. The company advises and invests in startup companies, predominantly in the wireless communications and network infrastructure fields. Dr. Viterbi is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and was a member of President Clinton’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. Andrew lives in the San Diego area.
Viterbi Fellows

Tommaso Cremaschi
PhD, Boston College
Viterbi Fellow,
Fall 2020
Random and Arithmetic Structures in Topology 
Philip Dittmann
PhD, University of Oxford
Viterbi Fellow,
Fall 2020
Decidability, Definability and Computability in Number Theory 
Alexander Campbell
PhD, Macquarie University
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2020
Higher Categories and Categorification 
Hui Zhu
PhD, Université de Paris XI
Viterbi Fellow,
Fall 2019
Microlocal Analysis 
Tina Kanstrup
PhD, Aarhus University
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2019
Derived Algebraic Geometry 
Joshua Burby
PhD, Princeton University
Viterbi Fellow,
Fall 2018
Hamiltonian Systems, from Topology to Applications through Analysis 
Yaim Cooper
PhD, Princeton University
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2018
Enumerative Geometry Beyond Numbers 
Konstantin Tikhomirov
PhD, University of Alberta
Viterbi Fellow,
Fall 2017
Geometric Functional Analysis and Applications 
Julia Brandes
PhD, University of Bristol
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2017
Analytic Number Theory 
Jenya (Eugenia) Sapir
PhD, Stanford University
Viterbi Fellow,
Fall 2016
Geometric Group Theory 
Chengjian Yao
PhD, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2016
Differential Geometry 
Dana Mendelson
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Viterbi Fellow,
Fall 2015
New Challenges in PDE: Deterministic Dynamics and Randomness in High and Infinite Dimensional Systems 
Guillaume Dreyer
PhD, University of Southern California
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2015
Dynamics on Moduli Spaces of Geometric Structures 
Sam Gunningham
PhD, Northwestern University
Viterbi Fellow,
Fall 2014
Geometric Representation Theory 
Vesna Stojanoska
PhD, Northwestern University
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2014
Algebraic Topology 
Maria Chlouveraki
PhD, Université de Paris VII (Denis Diderot)
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2013
Noncommutative Algebraic Geometry and Representation Theory 
Anna Sakovich
PhD, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
Viterbi Fellow,
Fall 2013
Mathematical General Relativity 
Fan Qin
PhD, Université Paris Diderot
Viterbi Fellow,
Fall 2012
Cluster Algebras 
Shawn Drenning
PhD, University of Chicago
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2012
Random Spatial Processes 
Irine Peng
PhD, University of Chicago
Viterbi Fellow,
Fall 2011
Quantitative Geometry 
John Andersson
PhD, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2011
Free Boundary Problems, Theory and Applications 
Brooke Feigon
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2011
Arithmetic Statistics 
Julia Elisenda Grigsby
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2010
Homology Theory of Knots & Links 
Erwan Brugalle
PhD, École Polytechnique in Paris
Viterbi Fellow,
Fall 2009
Tropical Geometry 
Chenyang Xu
PhD, Princeton University
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2009
Algebraic Geometry 
Tom Sanders
PhD, University of Cambridge
Viterbi Fellow,
Fall 2008
Ergodic Theory and Additive Combinatorics 
Lauren Williams
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Viterbi Fellow,
Spring 2008
Combinational Representation Theory