2022 Faculty

Ahmad Barhoumi :

Ahmad Barhoumi

Ahmad is a Postdoctoral Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics. He received his PhD from Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis. Ahmad's work revolves around the study of orthogonal polynomials, special families of polynomials that appear in approximation theory and random matrix theory, among other places. Ahmad's career in mathematics started with a bunch of friends working on made up calculus problems, and every so often he likes to indulge in working on fun problems with that same group. As for non-mathematical activities, Ahmad likes to climb rocks (and the occasional tree).
Zhan Chen :

Zhan Chen

Zhan is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and did his postdoctoral research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The research in his group at the University of Michigan is focused on the molecular level characterizations of complicated surfaces and interfaces, such as polymer surfaces, polymer interfaces, and interfacial proteins using advanced analytical techniques. Such research provides in-depth understanding of molecular mechanisms of biocompatibility, biofouling, and polymer adhesion. Zhan received his National Science Foundation Career Award in 2004, and his Beckman Young Investigator Award in 2003. He was named as a Dow Corning Assistant/Associate Professor between 2003 and 2006. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.

Mark Conger :

Mark Conger

Mark Conger Mark is a Lecturer and program developer of the Douglass Houghton Scholars Program. He received his B.A. degree from Williams College and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In between his M.A. and Ph.D., he spent several years working as a professional computer programmer, and did lots of programming for fun as well. His research interests are in enumerative combinatorics and probability, but he considers himself a mathematical generalist. His recent work has focused on the mathematics of card shuffling and dealing. He is the recipient of the 2019 Golden Apple Award, the only teaching award at the University of Michigan given by students.  He has been teaching in MMSS since 2002.

Jen Cummings :

Jen Cummings

Jen is a Lecturer in the Biopsychology area of University of Michigan's Psychology Department, and teaches classes ranging from Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience to Hormones and Behavior and Sex Differences in Brain and Behavior. After earning her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2006, she began working as a research scientist at UM's Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute examining the role of hormones on reward-related circuitry in the brain, and the effects of motherhood on drug addiction. In 2013, Jen joined the Psychology Department to focus on teaching full-time, and has since developed a number of courses spanning all levels of undergraduate education at UM. While she finds there is much to enjoy about teaching, Jen is particularly passionate about making neuroscience understandable and accessible for students of all ages. When not molding young minds, Jen enjoys running, knitting, reading, and fly fishing.

Stephen DeBacker :

Stephen DeBacker

Stephen is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Mathematics. He did his undergraduate work at Santa Clara University and received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, he had appointments at Harvard and the University of Chicago. He is interested in using geometry and analysis to answer certain questions which arise in number theory. He spends nearly every mathematical free moment with his family; but in his spare time, he fixes his house – be sure to ask for amusing stories about this.

Dragan Huterer :

Dragan Huterer

Dragan Huterer is a theoretical cosmologist and professor in the Department of Physics. His research is focused on trying to understand the nature and properties of "dark energy", a mysterious component that makes up about 75% of energy in the universe and makes its expansion accelerate, and whose understanding presents major unsolved problem in astrophysics and cosmology. Huterer grew up in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia) and received a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and was awarded UM’s Henry Russel Award for “exceptional scholarship and conspicuous ability as a teacher”.

Michael Jones :

Michael Jones

Michael A. Jones earned his B.S. degree from Santa Clara University and M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Northwestern University. After a 3-year position at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a 1-year visiting position at Loyola University in Chicago, he taught for 10 years at Montclair State University in New Jersey. In August 2008, he became an Associate Editor for Mathematical Reviews, a division of the American Mathematical Society based in Ann Arbor. His research interests include the development and application of mathematics to analyze the social sciences, including economics, political science, psychology, and law. His 5-year term as editor for Mathematical Association of America’s Mathematics Magazine ended in 2019.

Maire Malone :

Maire Malone

Maire is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the University of Michigan's Department of Anthropology, where she also completed her Ph.D. While at the University of Michigan she has taught introductory and advanced courses in biological anthropology, focusing variously on human osteology, comparative primate anatomy, forensic anthropology, and paleontology/ paleoanthropology. Her research uses the structural and chemical makeup of dental tissues to investigate growth, diet, and life history in primates, past and present. When she is not sequestered in the Paleoecology Lab or the Skeletal Biology Lab, she is scampering around Ugandan fossiliferous sites in search of teeth from early Miocene apes. She is also a singer-songwriter, and a fan of cyber-punk literature.
Daniel Mayerson :

Daniel Mayerson

Daniel is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institut de Physique Théorique (IPhT) at CEA Saclay in France, and will move to the Institute of Theoretical Physics (ITF) at the KU Leuven in Belgium in the fall for a new Postdoctoral Fellowship. He holds Master degrees in Theoretical Physics from the KU Leuven (in Belgium) and the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. cum laude from the University of Amsterdam. He was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan from 2015 to 2018. His research interests include using string theory to understand black holes and their interior. Daniel grew up in Belgium and will gladly enlighten you as to why Belgian chocolate is the best in the world. Outside of physics, Daniel’s hobbies include fencing, piano, cooking and board games.

Anne McNeil :

Anne McNeil

Anne McNeil is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Chemistry and Macromolecular Science and Engineering, as well as an HHMI Professor. Her research is focused on methods to make polymers with precision over the length and sequence, as well as methods that take post-consumer polymer "waste" and convert it to useful materials. She has won several awards for excellence in both teaching and research. She is also the proud mom of two kids.

Lon Mitchell :

Lon Mitchell

Lon holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Kansas, while his musical training includes a Bachelors of Music in Music Theory and Composition from Central Michigan University and graduate study in carillon performance at KU.   He is currently on the faculty at the University of South Florida and a Carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America.  Previous appointments include positions at the University of Malta as a Fulbright Scholar, the American Mathematical Society, and as faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Toronto.

Kathleen Nolta :

Kathleen Nolta

Kathleen received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. While she trained as a classical biochemist, she has taught a wide variety of courses across the fields of biology and chemistry. Over the past two decades, she has been helping University of Michigan students appreciate the art of organic chemistry and the enormity of biochemistry.

Mary Orczykowski :

Mary Orczykowski

Mary Orczykowski is a faculty member in Anatomical Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. She completed her undergraduate degrees in Biology and German at Oakland University in 2011 and her Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine in 2017. At the University of Michigan, she has dedicated her time to guiding students (undergraduate, graduate, medical, and dental) in understanding and appreciating the inner workings of the human body. She has a special interest in training undergraduate teaching assistants to teach peers in the anatomy lab. She also enjoys creating colorful 3D models and illustrations to help demonstrate concepts and relationships in new ways. Outside of anatomy, she spends time in her Ann Arbor home with her family (husband, 2 cats, and hedgehog), exploring the natural world, building enclosures for rescued animals at the Creature Conservancy, training in aerial silks and sling, making friends with squirrels, and listening to audiobooks and podcasts.

Carlos Peredo :

Carlos Peredo

Carlos is an Assistant Professor and Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Scholar, as well as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology, in the department of Earth and Environmental Science at the University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. from George Mason University. His research focuses on understanding the patterns of evolution associated with mammals returning to a marine environment. His lab studies the evolutionary origins of key innovations, such as echolocation or filter feeding in whales. These innovations represent key transformations associated with changing ecologies akin to the transition from scales to feathers in dinosaurs of fins to limbs in early tetrapods. His research program uses high resolution CT scanning and 3D modeling of fossils to understand how the return to a marine environment broadly shapes mammalian evolution overall, and to understand the origins of modern groups and their ecologies.

Georg Raithel :

Georg Raithel

Georg is a Professor in the Department of Physics. Georg received his Ph.D. at the University of Munich. In his research, he employs laser-cooled rubidium atoms to study matter waves in optical lattices and in other atom trapping devices, and to investigate interaction processes involving cold, very highly excited atoms (Rydberg atoms) and cold plasmas. In his spare time and vacations, Georg enjoys bicycling, skiing, camping and sailing with his family.

Corinna Schindler :

Corinna Schindler

Corinna Schindler is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. from ETH Zurich in Switzerland.  For her postdoctoral studies, Corinna joined the laboratory of Eric N. Jacobsen at Harvard University as a Feodor Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow to work in the field of asymmetric catalysis. The primary goal of her research program is to develop new synthetic methods based on transition metal catalysis to enable the synthesis of biologically active natural and unnatural products.

Doug Shaw :

Doug Shaw

Dr. Shaw is a full professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Northern Iowa. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. While he was at Michigan, he won the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. He's also won teaching awards at the Universities of Illinois, Minnesota, and Northern Iowa. He's published on the Collatz Conjecture, the teaching of calculus, and all sorts of other things including a problem that was discovered during an MMSS session. In addition to writing books on teaching calculus, a pre-calculus textbook, and collaborative creativity he is a combinatorist and a big fan of graph theory and game theory. He's directed an improv comedy troupe, a storytelling show, livestreams a puppet show, and loves action and games of many kinds.
Iian Smythe :

Iian Smythe

Iian is a Postdoctoral Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics here at the University of Michigan. Before coming to Ann Arbor, he taught at Rutgers University and completed his PhD at Cornell University, specializing in logic, set theory, and the mathematics of infinity. As a logician, he is interested in understanding when problems are, or are not, possible to solve with a given set of mathematical tools. Teaching mathematics is his greatest passion, but Iian also likes to spend his time cooking, baking, sightseeing, and listening to music in every possible genre from his ever growing collection of vinyl records.

Corey Stephenson :

Corey Stephenson

Corey received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Waterloo and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. After conducting postdoctoral studies at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, he joined the Department of Chemistry at Boston University as an Assistant Professor in 2007. He was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in February 2013, and in July 2013, joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Michigan as an Associate Professor. Research in the Stephenson group is focused primarily upon the development of new strategies and methodologies for the synthesis of natural products and biomass degradation with a particular interest in processes which utilize the redox chemistry of visible light activated metal complexes. Corey has been a recipient of several awards of the past seven years recognizing excellence in research and teaching including: the Boehringer-Ingelheim New Investigator Award (2010), an NSF CAREER award (2011-2016), the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2011-2013), the Amgen Young Investigator Award (2011), the Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry (2012-2015), the Eli Lilly Grantee Award (2013-2015), the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (2013) and the EOS Best Reagent Award (2014).

Martin Strauss :

Martin Strauss

Martin is a Professor in the Departments of Mathematics and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He received his A.B. degree from Columbia University and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University, both in mathematics. He previously held positions at Iowa State University and AT&T Labs-Research. His research interests include fundamental algorithms, especially randomized and approximation algorithms; algorithms for massive data sets; signal processing and computational harmonic analysis; computer security and cryptography; complexity theory. He has developed an activity for the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum. For the past few years, has been leading the math club at a local elementary school, whose activities include competing in the Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools. In his spare time, he enjoys trail running.

Ramón Torres-Isea :

Ramón Torres-Isea

Ramón is an Adjunct Lecturer in Physics and Director of the Advanced Physics Laboratories at the University of Michigan. He is recipient of an award by the American Physical Society for Excellence in Advanced Laboratory Instruction. He received a dual B.S. degree in Physics & Mathematics, and his M.S. in Physics from Eastern Michigan University, and quickly developed a career as an industrial physicist. Upon return to academia he dedicated himself to experimental instruction in Physics. Over the years he has performed academic and industrial research in various fields; however, during the past decade he has participated in research in nuclear reactions at the University of Michigan TwinSol facilities, located at the University of Notre Dame Nuclear Structure Laboratory, and focused in the development of deuterated scintillator arrays for fast neutron detection. He has taught for over 20 years at the technical, college, and graduate levels. He initiated and directed for many years the University of Michigan Physics Olympiad.