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Department Basics

The Department faculty are grouped into Pure Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. We are located in the Simons Building (Building 2) on the MIT campus.

Current and Emeritus Faculty Awards

  • 1 Abel Prize recipient
  • 2 National Medal of Science recipient
  • 2 Institute Professors
  • 2 MacArthur Fellows
  • 3 Chauvenet Prizes
  • 1 Rolf Schock Prize
  • 1 King Faisal Prize
  • 2 Bôcher prize recipients (top award in Analysis)
  • 1 Cole Prize recipient (top award in Algebra)
  • 4 Veblen Prize (top award in Geometry)
  • 1 Nevanlinna Prize (top award in Theoretical Computer Science)
  • 9 Steele Prizes (AMS awards for research, exposition, and lifetime achievement)
  • 1 Fulkerson Prize recipient (top award in discrete mathematics and optimization)
  • 1 Pólya Prize recipient (top award for Combinatorics)
  • 3 Wigner Medal recipients (award for understanding Physics through Group Theory)
  • 17 members of the National Academy of Science
  • 1 member of the National Academy of Engineering
  • 30 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Department Heads

  • Michel Goemans 2017- (Interim)
  • Tomasz Mrowka 2014-2017
  • Michael Sipser 2004-2014
  • David A. Vogan, Jr. 1999-2004
  • David Benney 1989-1999
  • Arthur P. Mattuck 1983-1989
  • Daniel Kleitman 1978-1983
  • Kenneth M. Hoffman 1971-1978
  • Norman Levinson 1968-1971
  • William Ted Martin 1947-1968
  • Henry Bayard Phillips 1934-1947
  • Frederick S. Woods 1930-1934
  • Harry Walter Tyler 1902-1930
  • John D. Runkle 1865-1902

Pure Mathematics Committee Chairs

  • Tobias Holck Colding 2016-
  • Paul Seidel 2015-2016
  • Tomasz Mrowka 2011-2015
  • David Jerison 2009-2011
  • Tomasz Mrowka 2004-2009
  • David Jerison 2002-2004
  • Richard Melrose 1999-2002
  • David Vogan 1997-1999
  • Daniel Stroock 1995-1997
  • Haynes Miller 1993-1995
  • Robert MacPherson 1992-1993
  • Victor Guillemin 1991-1992
  • Robert MacPherson 1990-1991
  • Richard Melrose 1987-1990
  • Frank Peterson 1984-1987
  • Victor Guillemin 1983-1984
  • Michael Artin 1982-1983

Applied Mathematics Committee Chairs

  • Peter Shor 2015-
  • Michel Goemans 2008-2015
  • Alar Toomre 2006-2008
  • Ruben Rosales 2002-2006
  • Daniel Kleitman 2000-2002
  • Michael Sipser 1998-2000
  • Hung Cheng 1996-1998
  • Richard Stanley 1993-1996

Statistics

Students

Enrollment

  • 367 Undergraduate Students (2016)
  • 130 Graduate Students (2016)

Degrees Awarded

  • 153 Bachelor's Degrees (S.B.) (2016)
  • 20 Doctoral Degrees (Ph.D.) (2016)

Faculty, Instructors, and Post-docs (2016-2017)

  • 36 Professors
  • 5 Associate Professors
  • 9 Assistant Professors
  • 10 Visiting Faculty
  • 15 Emeritus
  • 48 Instructors and Lecturers
  • 18 Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates
  • 17 Research Affiliates