McKenzie is widely recognized for his achievements in the field of universal algebra. He has obtained a number of seminal results in logic, algebra, lattice theory, and in the study of the algorithmic complexity of various problems in computer science. One of his most significant achievements is the discovery and development of tame congruence theory, which continues to serve as a primary tool for significant results in universal algebra.

“The five ‘local behaviors’ he has discovered connect classical algebra with general algebraic systems and various branches of theoretical computer science,” said Dr. László Mucsi, Dean of the Faculty of Sciences and Informatics, University of Szeged. “By applying these tools, several mathematicians at the University of Szeged have obtained significant results.”

Among those mathematicians are McKenzie’s former graduate student Miklós Maróti, who is chair of the Department of Algebra and Number Theory at the university’s Bolyai Institute. Other researchers there have also published papers whose results rely on McKenzie’s work. In addition, three courses in the doctoral program of mathematics are based largely on his monographs.

McKenzie received his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado under the guidance of Don Monk. In the field of universal algebra, he is widely recognized as one of the most influential contributors of the last 50 years. A profile of his career and achievements can be found in the Spring 2015 issue of Spectrum, the Department of Mathematics newsletter.

]]>Officers were also elected at the meeting. This year’s officers are: Jackson Knox, President; Connor Lehmacher, Vice President; Yuxi Wen, Secretary; and Michael Wu, Treasurer. The new members were celebrated at a reception following the ceremony.

Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) is an honorary national mathematics society dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding. The organization sponsors an annual conference in conjunction with the Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) annual MathFest. It also sponsors a journal devoted to topics in mathematics accessible to undergraduate students.

To be eligible for election to PME, undergraduate students must have a declared math major or minor and must have completed at least the equivalent of two semesters of calculus and two additional courses in mathematics at or above the calculus level. In addition, they must have an overall a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale and a 3.3 average for all courses that lead to fulfillment of requirements for a major in the mathematical sciences.

The Vanderbilt University Chapter of PME was founded in 2013. Principal Senior Lecturer and Assistant Director of Graduate Studies Lori Rafter serves as the chapter’s faculty advisor.

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