Board of Advisors

Dr. Yuri Tschinkel

Yuri Tschinkel received his M.A. in Mathematics from Moscow State University in 1990 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1992. He was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, a Leibniz Fellow of the European Community at ENS Paris, and a Fellow of the Clay Mathematics Institute at Princeton University. Has has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Princeton, and the University of Goettingen, where he held the Gauss Chair of Pure Mathematics. He has been at Courant since 2005, where he served as the Chair of the Mathematics department from 2007 until 2011. His research interests are in algebraic geometry, number theory, and harmonic analysis.

Dr. Leslie Greengard

Leslie Greengard received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Wesleyan University in 1979, his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Yale University in 1987, and his M.D. degree from Yale University in 1987. Since 1989, he has been at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, where he a Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. He has been the Director of the Institute since 2006. Greengard's research focuses on fast, adaptive, and high-order accurate algorithms in computational physics and engineering, including electromagnetics, acoustics, heat flow and biomedical imaging.

He is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Charles Newman

Charles M. Newman, Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, was director from 2002 to 2006.

Born in Chicago in 1946, he received two B.S. (1966) degrees (Mathematics and Physics) from MIT, and M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1971) degrees in Physics from Princeton.

His specialties are probability theory and statistical physics, with about 200 published papers in those and related areas. Beginning his academic career at NYU's University Heights campus in 1971, he went on to the mathematics departments of Indiana University and the University of Arizona, and returned to NYU in 1989. Newman has been a Sloan Fellow (1978-81) and a Guggenheim Fellow (1984-85), was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 2004, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2006 and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences in 2008.

Dr. Sylvain Cappell

Prof. Sylvain Cappell was born in Belgium in 1946 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1950. He got his B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) from Columbia College in 1966 in math (& with enough literature courses for a major). He obtained his Ph.D. in math from Princeton in 1969 and subsequently held academic appointments there.

Since 1974 he has been at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, a full professor since 1978, and in 2008 was appointed by NYU to its Silver Professorship. He has also held visiting professor appointments at Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Weitzman Institute, the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques and the Institute for Advanced Study.

His 100 scientific publications include research works on topology and its connections to many other areas of math. He has been awarded both Sloan Foundation and Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships and has given invited addresses to both the American Mathematical Society and the International Congress of Mathematicians. He has chaired and served on external review committees for leading universities, foundations, government science agencies and research institutes in the U.S. and abroad. He is Vice President of the American Mathematical Society. He has twice been Chair of NYU's Faculty Senate.

He has supervised c. 20 doctoral theses. His extensive involvements in math education of young people include currently serving on panels of the Math-for-America Foundation and on the Advisory Council of the Museum of Mathematics. He has long-mentored math gifted students in the tri-state region, gives math talks at some NY high schools and often has some high school students in his graduate topology class.

Dr. John Ewing

John Ewing joined Math for America in early 2009 as President. Before joining Math for America, Ewing served as Executive Director of the American Mathematical Society for nearly 14 years. With a staff of over 200 employees in four offices and over 32,000 members, the AMS is a major publisher of mathematics research and the largest mathematics research society in the world. Ewing previously was professor of mathematics at Indiana University from 1973-1995, where he also served as Chair of the department for two terms. He has held visiting positions in the mathematics departments of Dartmouth College, the University of Virginia, the Newcastle University, and Göttingen University.

In addition to his research work, Ewing has been active in mathematical exposition, both as writer and editor, winning several national awards. In recent years, he has also written extensively on scholarly and electronic publishing.

In 1966, Ewing received his B.S. from St. Lawrence University, which also awarded him an honorary degree in 1996, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Brown University in 1971.

Ming Jack Po

Ming Jack Po, Jack is a MD / PhD student in the department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. His research focus areas include cardiac biomechanics, cardiac ultrasound, cardiac MRI, autism spectrum disorder, global health and medical devices. Jack has served on the organizing committee of the 2010 AMA-IEEE Medical Technology Conference and now also serves on the organizing committees of the 2011 AMA-IEEE Medical Technology Conference and the 2011 International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.

Prior to his PhD studies, he spent time in business strategy and finance roles at Capital One, Fannie Mae, and D. E. Shaw & Co. and was involved in the formation of two venture funded startups. He currently serves on several advisory boards of startups and is a current InSITE fellow and the CTO of the Startup Leadership Program.

Besides his work in health sciences and entrepreneurship, Jack has been very involved with education and is an adjunct professor in the department of Math Education at the City College of New York. In that capacity, he serves on the advisory committee / boards of numerous local and national non-profit and educational institutions. Jack holds a Bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science and a Masters degree in Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University.

Randy Asher

Dr. Karen King

Karen D. King, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development previously served as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the former Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education where she managed projects primarily in the Teacher Professional Continuum (TPC) Program, but she also was responsible for curriculum projects in Instructional Materials Development (IMD) and policy for the Education and Human Resources Directorate. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, where she conducted research on undergraduate mathematics teacher thinking.  Her current research focuses on the mathematics preparation of elementary and secondary teachers, the role of mathematical knowledge for teaching in the mathematical integrity of reform mathematics lessons, and the policies of mathematics teacher professional development.

Eric Wepsic

Eric Wepsic is a member of the executive committee and risk committee of D.E. Shaw & Co., L. L. C., where he has worked since 1994. He jointly supervises its worldwide asset management business with particular focus on quantitative trading research and development.

Mr. Wepsic graduated with an A.B. in mathematics from Harvard University in 1992 and earned his A.M. in mathematics from the same institution in 1994. While at Harvard, he was twice a winner of the award granted to the top five scorers in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Examination; he was also a 1987 gold medalist and 1988 silver medalist in the International Mathematics Olympiad. He has been involved in contest writing and editing capacities at the American Regions Math League (ARML) since 1995.

Mr. Wepsic also serves in other charitable capacities, particularly in the areas of environment and charter schools.

Dr. Japheth Wood

Japheth Wood is a mathematician at the Bard Masters of Arts in Teaching Program, a residency-style teacher preparation program embedded in the public schools of the South Bronx. Wood is also director of the New York Math Circle, and co-founder and director of the Bard Math Circle. Wood has previously held positions in the mathematics departments of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Vanderbilt University, the University of Louisville and Chatham University. An alumnus of the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics and the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics programs, Professor Wood earned his B.A. (1990) from Washington University in St. Louis and his M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1997) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Ravi Boppana

Ravi Boppana is the Director of Mathematics at Advantage Testing, a tutoring company. Ravi earned a PhD in Computer Science from MIT. He was a tenured professor of Computer Science at NYU, where he won the "Golden Dozen" teaching award. He is Director of the nationwide Math Prize for Girls contest. He has coached the NY State team at MATHCOUNTS Nationals, and has served as Coordinator of MATHCOUNTS Manhattan. He is a co-author of a textbook on Prealgebra published by the Art of Problem Solving.

Dr. Dan Zaharopol

Daniel Zaharopol is the founder and program director of the Summer Program in Mathematical Problem Solving, a free residential 3-week summer program for underserved NYC middle school students with talent in math. He is also founder and CEO of Learning Unlimited, a nonprofit that leverages college students to inspire excellence in pre-college students. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Mathematics Foundation of America.

Eva Chan

Eva Chan is a Board member of the New York City Interscholastic Math League (NYCIML), a non-profit organization that offers math competition to high school students in NYC and beyond. Eva participated in the NYCIML competition when she was in high school and served as the President of NYCIML when she was in college. Eva currently works for the University of Michigan Medical School. In her free time, Eva helps other non-profits and startup companies.