Max Lipton

Max Lipton

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow

Office: 2-177


Minimal Surfaces, Physical Knot Theory, Dynamical Systems


Max Lipton joined the MIT Mathematics Department in fall 2023 as an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow, sponsored by Tobias Colding. He received his PhD in Mathematics from Cornell University in 2023, where he was advised by Steven Strogatz. Max graduated with his bachelors degree from Willamette University in 2016. His research is at the interface of geometry and dynamics, with specific interests in electrostatic knot theory, Plateau problems with boundary energy, and helicoidal limit laminations. He employs computer visualization to aid in his search for conjectures.