Associate Professor of Mathematics
Abhinav Kumar received the S.B. in EECS, mathematics and physics from MIT in 2002. A two-time Putnam Fellow, Kumar received the Jon A. Bucsela Prize for the strongest undergraduate in mathematics at MIT. Under the Harvard Putnam and Harvard GSAS fellowships, he completed the Harvard Ph.D. in mathematics in 2006. Noam Elkies and Barry Mazur were his doctoral advisors. At the Microsoft Research Theory group, Kumar had been a regular summer intern and visitor during his graduate years. He decided on a postdoctoral research appointment at Microsoft, 2006-07, before joining the MIT mathematics faculty as assistant professor in 2007. He was promoted to associate professor in 2012. Professor Kumar works in the field of arithmetic algebraic geometry, lattices and sphere packings, and combinatorics and discrete geometry. He is also interested in related questions in physics and computer science. In 2007, he was selected by the MIT School of Science for support from the Solomon Buchsbaum AT&T research fund. In 2010 he received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.