New Faculty Members Join the Department
The Department of Mathematics welcomes seven new faculty members this fall.
Larry Rolen joins the department as a tenure-track assistant professor. His research interests are number theory and combinatorics. He works in developing theories of new generalizations of modular forms, such as harmonic Maass forms, Jacobi forms, and quantum modular forms.
He received his Ph.D. from Emory University in 2013. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cologne, a research associate at Pennsylvania State University, and an assistant professor at Trinity College Dublin. Most recently he was a visiting assistant professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Jared Speck joins the department as a tenured associate professor. His research interests are partial differential equations (PDEs), geometric analysis, general relativity, fluid mechanics, kinetic theory, and mathematical physics. He focuses on the global analysis of nonlinear evolution-type PDEs that arise from physical and geometric considerations.
Speck received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2008. Following his Ph.D., he was employed as a lecturer at Princeton University, as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge, and as a National Science Foundation/Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University. Immediately prior to joining Vanderbilt he was at MIT, first as an assistant professor and then as the Cecil and Ida B. Green Career Development Associate Professor.
The department also welcomes four new non-tenure track assistant professors and one research assistant professor.