New Directions Research Professorships

IMA New Directions Research Professorships provided an extraordinary opportunity for established mathematicians—typically mid-career faculty at US universities—to branch into new directions and increase the impact of their research by spending an academic year immersed in the thematic program at the IMA, where they learned new mathematics and applications, connected their research with important problems, and established new contacts and collaborations.

Expected outcomes included a research program influenced by the participation in the IMA program year and curricular material on topics of the IMA program appropriate for public dissemination. Research professors enjoyed an excellent research environment and stimulating scientific program. New Directions participants were expected to reside at the IMA and actively participate in the IMA annual thematic program.

The New Directions Program for Research Professorships was discontinued after the 2015-2016 academic year.

Past New Directions Professors

Juan C. Cockburn Engineering Rochester Institute of Technology
Gregory Bell Mathematics University of North Carolina, Greensboro
Irina Kogan Mathematics North Carolina State University
Enrique Thomann Mathematics Oregon State University
Xiaobing Feng Mathematics University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Isabel Darcy Mathematics University of Iowa
Wenbo Li Mathematics University of Delaware
Alexander Alekseenko Mathematics California State University Northridge
Li-Yeng Sung Mathematics Lousiana State University
Chad Michael Topaz Mathematics/Computer Science Macalester College
Changyou Wang Mathematics University of Kentucky
Jayadeep Gopalakrishnan Mathematics University of Florida
Alexander Izzo Mathematics and Statistics Bowling Green State University
Tiefeng Jiang Statistics University of Minnesota
Debra Jane Knisley Mathematics East Tennessee State University
Zhijun Wu Mathematics Iowa State
Farhad Jafari Mathematics University of Wyoming
Uwe Nagel Mathematics University of Kentucky
Steven Damelin Mathematics Georgia Southern University
Changfeng Gui Mathematics University of Connecticut
Shi Jin Mathematics University of Wisconsin - Madison
Zhi-Qiang Wang Mathematics & Statistics Utah State University
Baisheng Yan Mathematics Michigan State University
Shmuel Friedland Mathematics University of Illinois - Chicago
Yuhong Yang Statistics Iowa State University