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2012 Speakers / Coordinators

John Cromwell Mather

John Cromwell Mather

  • Astrophysicist, Cosmologist, and winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE) with George Smoot
  • Primarily responsible for the experiment that revealed the blackbody form of the microwave background radiation measured by COBE
  • His work confirmed the big bang theory to extraordinary accuracy
  • Senior Astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland

Ingrid Daubechies

Ingrid Daubechies

  • James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics at Duke University
  • The first woman president of the International Mathematical Union, host of the International Congress of Mathematicians (2011-2014)
  • The first woman to receive the National Academy of Sciences Award for her fundamental discoveries on wavelets and wavelet expansions
  • Co-recipient of the Pioneer Prize from the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM/SIAM), with Heinz Engl

Helaman Ferguson

Helaman Ferguson

Helaman Ferguson
  • Helaman Ferguson's mathematical sculptures in stone and bronze celebrate ancient and modern mathematics, integrating the universal languages of art, engineering, science and sculpture, computing, mathematics
  • Helaman's commissioned sculpture is found in institutions worldwide
  • Helaman's PSLQ algorithm was listed as one of the top ten in the 20th century
  • His current sculpture studio is in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Claire and Helaman Ferguson together received the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics 2002 Communication Award

William Noel

William Noel

  • Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books at the Walters Art Museum
  • Director of the Archimedes Palimpsest Project
  • Coauthor of The Archimedes Codex
  • Faculty member of the Rare Book School of the University of Virginia

William F. Duffy

William F. Duffy

  • Duffy has been a professional sculptor for over 35 years, known for his large public and private art sculpture compositions. Currently, he maintains a working studio in Baltimore, MD
  • Duffy’s sculptures are integrated into natural environments, he has collaborated with renowned landscape architects including late Wolfgang Oehme and late Kay Wagenknecht-Harte
  • Duffy has been in the forefront in the foundry industry casting high temperature metals for over thirty years; has been a consultant for the CAD-CAM industry and has taught 3D computational graphics and is presently an adjunct faculty at Towson University

Robert Bosch

Robert Bosch

  • Professor of Mathematics, Oberlin College, Ohio
  • Award-winning artist and author
  • Uses mathematical optimization techniques to create visual artwork (domino mosaics, TSP art, map-colored mosaics, and labyrinths)
  • Co-chair of the Bridges 2012 Proceedings Program Committee

Douglas M. McKenna

Douglas M. McKenna

  • Award-winning software developer and mathematical artist
  • President, Mathemaesthetics, Inc., Boulder, Colorado, USA
  • Co-chair of the Bridges 2012 Proceedings Program Committee
  • Expert on combinatorics of space-filling curve constructions
  • At IBM Research, helped illustrate Mandelbrot's The Fractal Geometry of Nature

Carlo H. Séquin

Carlo H. Séquin

  • Professor of Computer Science and Geometric Sculptor
  • EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Fellow, IEEE and ACM; Member, Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences

George W. Hart

George W. Hart

  • Chief of Content at The Museum of Mathematics, New York, USA
  • The North America's only museum dedicated to the wonders of mathematics
  • Former Computer Scientist at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and MIT Energy Laboratory
  • Former Computer Science Professor at Columbia University, and Stony Brook University
  • A sculptor and a pioneer in using computer technology and solid freeform fabrication in the design and fabrication of sculpture

Dmitri Tymoczko

Dmitri Tymoczko

  • Composer and Music Theorist
  • His article "The Geometry of Musical Chords" was the first music theory article ever published by Science
  • Recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship, Charles Ives Scholarship, Hugh F. MacColl Prize from Harvard University, and the Eisner & Delorenzo Prize from the UC, Berkeley
  • Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

Craig S. Kaplan

Craig S. Kaplan

  • Mathematical Art Software Developer in Maze Design, Star Patterns, Escherization, Patterns on surfaces, TSP Art, Metamorphoses and Deformations
  • Associate Editor of the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts
  • Computer Science Professor, University of Waterloo, Canada

Robert Fathauer

Robert Fathauer

  • Curator of Annual Art Exhibitions at Bridges and the Joint Mathematics Meetings
  • Former Research Scientist and Technical Group Leader (PhD in EE, Cornell) of the Advanced Materials Group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
  • Founder and owner of the Tessellations Company
  • Artist, Puzzle Designer, and Author concentrating on Tiling, Fractals, and Knots

Kristof Fenyvesi

Kristóf Fenyvesi

  • Coordinator of Community Events of the Bridges Organization
  • Curator of the Experience Bridges Traveling Exhibit - a growing collection of international math-art
  • Curator in Chief of Ars Geometrica International Conferences which hosted the Bridges World Conference in 2010
  • Leader of the Experience Workshop: the Experience-Centered Math-Art Movement
  • Researcher at Art and Culture Studies, Jyväskylä University, Finland

Nathan Selikoff

Nathan Selikoff

  • Award-winning artist who has exhibited in galleries and venues throughout the United States and around the world
  • Graphic and web designer and developer from Orlando, Florida
  • Bridges Webmaster and Co-editor of the Art Exhibition Catalog

Steve Abbott

Steve Abbott

  • Professor of Mathematics, Middlebury College
  • Co-editor of Math Horizons
  • Author of Understanding Analysis, Springer UTM series
  • Currently researching the intersections of Mathematics and Theater

Sarah Glaz

Sarah Glaz

  • Professor of Mathematics and poet, University of Connecticut
  • Author of the book “Commutative Coherent Rings”, Springer,1989 (reprinted in 2007)
  • Coeditor of the volumes: “Non-Noetherian Commutative Ring Theory” (Springer - Kluwer, 2000), “Multiplicative Ideal Theory in Commutative Algebra” (Springer, 2006), and “Strange Attractors: Poems of Love and Mathematics” (CRC Press - A K Peters, 2008)
  • Editorial board member of: International Electronic Journal of Algebra (IEJA), and Journal of Mathematics and the Arts (JMA)
  • University Teaching Fellow

Reza Sarhangi

Reza Sarhangi

  • Mathematics Professor, Towson University, Maryland, USA
  • President of the Bridges Organization
    Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science