Department of Mathematics

Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI

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Sam Stechmann named as Vilas Associate

Samuel Stechmann was appointed a Vilas Associate through the university's prestigious Vilas Associates competition.  

The Vilas Associate appointment is awarded to a faculty with new, ongoing, significant and high-quality research. The Divisional Research Committees of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education chooses the competitive recipients based on a detailed proposal. The appointment provides summer salary for two summers and $12,500 in flexible research funding for two fiscal years.

Melanie Matchett Wood named Top 50 Women in STEM

Melanie Matchett Wood has been named as one of the Top 50 Women in STEM, as published by

Congratulations, Melanie!

Math Grad Student Awarded Campus Wide TA Award

Juliette Bruce has won a Campus-Wide Teaching Assistant Award for Exceptional Service.  She is a fourth-year PhD student in Mathematics and has taught classes in algebra, statistics and probability, and calculus. Additionally, she has held a non-standard teaching assistant position with the Madison Math Circle, an outreach program sponsored by the math department, since spring 2016.

“One aspect of teaching for the Madison Math Circle that I really enjoy is taking the University of Wisconsin–Madison beyond the bounds of campus, making our learning community open and inclusive to as many people as possible,” Juliette said.


In Memoriam: Ed Fadell

Professor Emeritus Ed Fadell passed away on Jan. 11 at age 91 (almost 92). After graduating from OSU with a PhD degree, he went to Harvard as an assistant professor for three years before coming to Madison in 1955. He stayed at Madison both a distiguished researcher in Algebraic Topology and award winning teacher until his retirement in 1994. He stayed and taught another 5 year before fully retired. He also loved music.  Link:

Remembering Sufian Husseini

Sufian Husseini passed away late December 30, 2017 in Salem, Oregon, after months of health struggles. He was a faculty member from 1961 until his retirement in 2001.

Sufian obtained his PhD at Princeton under Norman Steenrod and was an instructor at MIT before moving to Madison. His research was primarily in algebraic topology, on topics such as loop spaces and configuration spaces. He established a long term collaboration with Ed Fadell (also a UW-Madison colleague) and together they wrote a number of beautiful and influential papers exploring applications of algebraic topology to diverse topics in analysis, manifold theory, economics and mathematical physics. Their joint monograph Geometry and Topology of Configuration Spaces published in 2001 by Springer is a highly regarded reference. 

Sufian was a source of knowledge and inspiration for students and faculty alike and known for his astute insight in mathematics and beyond. Together with his wife Barbara he generously hosted many mathematicians and contributed in important ways to our department for forty years.



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