Class of 1956 Career Development Assistant Professor
Yufei Zhao joined the mathematics faculty as assistant professor in July 2017. Effective July 2018, he is the Class of 1956 Career Development Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Yufei received his dual SB degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from MIT in 2010, an MASt in Mathematics from Cambridge in 2011, and a PhD from MIT in 2015, under the supervision of by Jacob Fox. Prior to returning to MIT, Yufei was the Esmée Fairbairn Junior Research Fellow in Mathematics at New College, Oxford, as well as a Research Fellow at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley. Zhao was a three-time Putnam Fellow. In 2018, he received the SIAM Dénes Kőnig prize. He also received MIT's Future of Science Award by the School of Science. He received the Class of 1956 Career Development Professorship Chair, effective July 2018.
Zhao's research area is combinatorics and discrete mathematics. He is interested in problems in extremal, probabilistic, and additive flavors of combinatorics, as well as connections to other areas of mathematics such as number theory and probability. His PhD thesis gave a simplification of the proof of the Green-Tao theorem on arithmetic progressions in the primes.