IPAM carries out its mission with the assistance and support of many people in a variety of roles.  The IPAM community consists of the directorate, staff, Science Advisory Board, Board of Trustees, and of course, program organizers, speakers, and participants, which are unique to each program. You can read about current members of the directorate and staff below.  Openings for associate director will be posted on this site every two or three years; staff openings are advertised on UCLA Campus Human Resources. The Science Advisory Board approves all scientific programs sponsored by IPAM.  The Board of Trustees approves the budget and plans for the upcoming year. Each board meets once a year and communicates with the Director regularly. Members serve four year terms. IPAM's directors are ex-officio members. The building directory includes all directors, staff and participants of the current long program with offices at IPAM.

Board of Trustees

David Balaban

David Balaban

David Balaban is currently Vice President and Head of Data Sciences and Clinical Modeling at Navican. Previously, he was the technical lead for a program at Amgen that explored advanced medical devices built on mathematical modeling and simulation of human physiology, and Amgen’s Vice President of Research & Development Informatics. Prior to joining Amgen, Balaban was CIO and Vice President of Informatics and Information Technology at Signature Bioscience in San Francisco, and held positions with Affymetrix, Inc., Sterling Winthrop, Inc., and Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore National Labs. Throughout his career, he has been awarded over 15 patents in the field of database design and data visualizing techniques and has a similar number of patent applications pending. His technical interests include functional programming, formal specifications for scientific models and simulations, and the application of mathematical systems theory to biology, medicine and drug discovery. Balaban holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from UC Berkeley, and is a fellow of the AMS.

Katy Börner

Katy Börner

Katy Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Information Science in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University Bloomington. She is a curator of the international “Places & Spaces: Mapping Science” exhibit that features large-format maps and interactive data visualizations. She holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig, 1991 and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, 1997. She is a member of ACM and IEEE and is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow and a Humboldt Research Fellow.

Russel Caflisch

Russel Caflisch

Russel Caflisch is the Director of Courant Institute at New York University. He studied mathematics at Michigan State and Courant. He began his teaching career at Stanford and Courant before joining the mathematics faculty of UCLA in 1989. Dr. Caflisch served on IPAM’s Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2006 and as IPAM’s director from 2008 to 2017. He was an Alfred P. Sloan research fellow and an invited lecturer at the 2006 International Congress of Mathematicians, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, AMS, and SIAM. He was a founding member of California NanoSystems Institute. His research interests include materials science, mathematical finance, Monte Carlo methods, kinetic theory, plasma dynamics, fluid dynamics, and PDEs.

Tony Chan

Tony Chan

Tony F. Chan assumed the presidency of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia on September 1, 2018, after serving as president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology for nine years.  Prior to that, Chan was the Assistant Director of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the NSF. He received his BSc in Engineering from Caltech and PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He taught in the Computer Science Department at Yale university  and joined UCLA as Professor of Mathematics in 1986, where he served as chair of the department and later, as Dean of Physical Sciences. Professor Chan was one of the founders of IPAM, and served as its director from 2000-2001. Chan is an elected Fellow of SIAM and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a member of the President’s Advisory Council of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and University of Vienna, a Board of Trustee of Skoltech (Russia), and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum. Professor Chan’s research interests include mathematical image processing and computer vision, Very Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) physical design and computational brain mapping.

Brenda Dietrich

Brenda Dietrich

Brenda Dietrich is the Arthur and Helen Geoffrion Professor of Practice in the School of Operations Research at Cornell University. Prior to that, she had a 33 year career at IBM in a field now called analytics and data science. At IBM, she applied data and computation to business decision processes. For over a decade she led the Mathematical Sciences function in the IBM research division, performing basic computational mathematics research and developing applications of mathematics. She was appointed IBM Fellow in 2007, and Vice President in 2008. She has been the Chief Technology Officer and Strategist for IBM’s Business Analytics group, and led Emerging Technologies in the IBM Watson Group. In addition to her IBM work, she has been the president of INFORMS, has served on the Board of Trustees of SIAM, and has been a member of several university advisory boards. She was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2014.  She holds a PhD in operations research and information engineering from Cornell.

Karina Edmonds

Karina Edmonds

Karina Montilla Edmonds is Google Cloud University Relations Lead and a nationally recognized expert in the field of innovation, technology transfer and commercialization. Prior to this, she was Executive Director for Corporate Partnerships at Caltech, and was responsible for implementing and managing an integrated strategy to support Caltech’s long-range strategies and interests involving the private sector and major Federal government funding agencies. In 2013, she completed a three-year appointment as the Technology Transfer Coordinator for the Department of Energy, where she worked with the national laboratories to accelerate the process of moving discoveries from the laboratory to the private sector.

Katherine Ensor

Katherine Ensor

Katherine Ensor is Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. She is director of the Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems and a fellow of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, where she oversees the development of the Urban Data Platform, a resource for the greater Houston area. She served as chair of the Department of Statistics from 1999 through 2013. Ensor develops innovative statistical techniques to answer important questions in science, engineering and business with focus on the environment, energy and finance. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been recognized for her leadership, scholarship and mentoring. She is Vice President of the ASA and a member of the National Academies Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics. She holds a BSE and MS in Mathematics from Arkansas State University and a PhD in Statistics from Texas A&M University.

James Gidney

James Gidney

James Gidney is the Director of the Navigation and Geopositioning Systems Department at The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace). He earned his M.S. and B.S degrees from MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In his current post, Gidney leads a technical staff whose primary mission is the development, application, and advancement of position, navigation, and timing technologies for the national security space and civil/commercial space communities. His department is a center-of-excellence for satellite navigation, space-based radio navigation (e.g., the Global Positioning System or GPS) and geolocation performance. Since 2009, Gidney has been Aerospace’s liaison to IPAM’s RIPS program. Previously, he served as a mission planner, supporting the United States Air Force during the launch and early orbit operations of the GPS satellite constellation.

Mark Green

Mark Green

Mark Green is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Mathematics at UCLA.  He received his BS from MIT and his MA and PhD from Princeton.  After teaching at UC Berkeley and MIT, he came to UCLA in 1975.  Dr. Green’s research has taken him into different areas of mathematics: several complex variables, differential geometry, commutative algebra, Hodge theory, and algebraic geometry.  He received an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin in 1998.  He was one of IPAM’s founders and served as its Director for 7 years.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the AMS, for which he is a Trustee.  He chaired the most recent Committee of Visitors for the Division of Mathematical Sciences at NSF and was Vice-Chair of the recent NRC/National Academies study, “The Mathematical Sciences in 2025.”

Alfred Hales

Alfred Hales

Alfred Hales is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at UCLA, and is one of the namesakes of the Hales–Jewett theorem. He studied math at Caltech, earning his PhD in 1962. In 1971, he shared the George Pólya Prize for his work in Ramsey theory. Hales is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the AMS. He has served as Chair of the UCLA Mathematics Department, Director of the Center for Communications Research (CCR) – La Jolla and member of the Board of Trustees of MSRI.

Sallie Keller

Sallie Keller

Sallie Ann Keller is Director and Professor of Statistics for the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory within the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech. Her prior positions include Academic Vice-President and Provost at University of Waterloo, Director of the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering at Rice University, Head of the Statistical Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Professor of Statistics at Kansas State University, and Statistics Program Director at the National Science Foundation.  Dr. Keller served on the National Academy of Sciences Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications and the Committee on National Statistics, and chaired the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics. Her areas of expertise are social and decision informatics, statistical underpinnings of data science, uncertainty quantification, and data access and confidentiality. She is a leading voice in creating the “science of all data” and advancing this research across disciplines to benefit society.  Keller is fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected member of the International Statistics Institute, fellow and past president of the American Statistical Association, and member of the JASON advisory group. She holds a Ph.D. in statistics from the Iowa State University.

 

Steven Koonin

Steven Koonin

Steven E. Koonin is the founding Director of NYU’s Center for Urban Science and Progress, a consortium of academic, corporate, and government partners that pursues research and education activities to develop and demonstrate informatics technologies for urban problems. He previously served as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Under Secretary for Science. As the Chief Scientist at BP from 2004 to 2009, Dr. Koonin developed the long-range technology strategy for alternative and renewable energy sources.  Steve joined the California Institute of Technology’s faculty in 1975, was a research fellow at the Niels Bohr Institute during 1976-1977, and was an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow from 1977-1979. As the provost of Caltech from 1995-2004, he left an enduring legacy of academic and research initiatives in the biological, physical, earth, and social sciences, as well as the planning and development of the Thirty-Meter Telescope project.

Alan Lee

Alan Lee

Alan Lee is Corporate Vice President of Engineering of Research and Advanced Development at AMD. Lee studied math at Yale. In 1999, he worked for Intel where he led an effort for coding microchips. From there, he led a successful financial start-up until its IPO. He joined AMD in 2007, where he built a research group of about 80 people at locations in 3 different countries. He has served on the Executive Board of the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), and he has organized a high level effort on computation and simulation, involving major corporations (e.g., Dow, Chevron, Exxon, P&G) and the DOE labs.

Monique Miller

Monique Miller

Monique Miller is Head of Investment Strategy at Euclidean Capital. Until recently, she was Managing Director and Head of Alternatives Strategy at Wilshire Funds Management, the investment management division of Wilshire Associates. Ms. Miller has previously held senior positions in the hedge fund industry including Head of the Strategic Quantitative Investment Division at Caxton Associates and Chief Operating Officer at WR Capital, a managed account platform and risk analytics provider for institutional hedge fund investors. Ms. Miller holds an M.B.A. from New York University in Finance and Economics and a BS in Finance from Syracuse University. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Quantitative Finance.

Nancy Potok

Nancy Potok

Nancy Potok is the Chief Statistician of the United States. Until 2016, she was the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the U.S. Census Bureau. She has more than 30 years of public, private, and nonprofit senior management experience. She was the COO of McManis & Monsalve Associates and the Senior VP and Director of the Economic, Labor and Population Studies Department at the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center. Dr. Potok is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University and an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). She earned a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration from The George Washington University.

Ronald Stern

Ronald Stern

Chair

Ronald J. Stern is Professor Emeritus at UC Irvine where he was Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Dean of the School of Physical Sciences. He has served on many boards of professional and non-profit organizations and institutes. Stern received his PhD from UCLA in 1973, is an elected Fellow of the AMS, and was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin in 1998. His research focuses on low dimensional topology while being an avid scuba diver and jazz pianist.

Tatiana Toro

Tatiana Toro

Tatiana Toro is the Robert R. & Elaine F. Phelps Professor in Mathematics at the University of Washington. She completed her PhD in mathematics at Stanford University. She received the Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and Research Fellowship, an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, and a Simons Foundation Fellowship. Toro was an invited speaker to the Analysis session at the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians in Hyderabad. Her research focuses on geometric measure theory and partial differential equations.

Leland Wilkinson

Leland Wilkinson

Leland Wilkinson is Chief Scientist at H2O.ai and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Chicago.  He developed the SYSTAT statistical package in the early 1980s. His research focuses on scientific visualization and statistical graphics. Wilkinson received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University in 1975. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

Jeannette Wing

Jeannette Wing

Jeannette Wing is the Avanessians Director of Columbia University’s Data Science Institute.  She was formerly Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Research.  She twice served as the Head of the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University. From 2007 to 2010 she was the Assistant Director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation. She completed her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of expertise are in trustworthy computing, formal methods, concurrent and distributed systems, programming languages, and software engineering. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.