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 the technical lead for an advanced development program at Amgen to explore advanced medical devices built on mathematical modeling and simulation of human physiology.   Previously, he was Amgen’s Vice President of Research & Development Informatics. Prior to joining Amgen Inc., Balaban was CIO and Vice President of Informatics and Information Technology at Signature Bioscience in San Francisco. He has also 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.

Tanya Beder

Tanya Beder

Tanya Beder is Chairman and CEO of SBCC Group.  Previously, Ms. Beder held senior positions as CEO of Tribeca Global Management LLC, and Managing Director of Caxton Associates LLC.  Ms. Beder is a Director of the American Century mutual fund complex, where she chairs the Risk Committee and serves on the Portfolio Committee.  She also is a Director of CYS Investments, where she serves on the Audit Committee.  In 2013, she was appointed to the Presidents’ Circle of the National Academies, after serving 6 years on NAS Board of Mathematical Sciences and their Applications.  Ms. Beder is an author of the book Financial Engineering, The Evolution of a Profession.  While CEO of Tribeca, Absolute Return awarded her the prestigious Institutional Investment Manager of the Year Award. She holds appointments as Lecturer of Law at Stanford and as University Fellow of the International Center for Finance at Yale. She serves on Columbia University’s Financial Engineering Program Advisory Board and NYU Courant’s Mathematical Finance Advisory Board. Ms. Beder holds a MBA in finance from Harvard and a BA in mathematics and philosophy from Yale.

Tony Chan

Tony Chan

Tony F. Chan assumed the presidency of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2009 after serving three years as Assistant Director of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Directorate at the NSF. He received his PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. He 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 and member of SIAM and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, President’s Advisory Council of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the United States Committee of 100. Professor Chan’s research interests include mathematical image processing and computer vision, Very Large-Scale Integration (VLSI) physical design and computational brain mapping.

Bill Coughran

Bill Coughran

Bill Coughran is a Partner at Sequoia Capital. He specializes in large-scale computing and networking systems. Coughran was Director of the Scientific Computing Research Department within the Computing Sciences Research Center at Bell Labs. He later served as Vice President of the Center. He founded the Bell Labs Research Silicon Valley and served as its Senior Vice President. He joined Google as an engineering director in 2003, then as a senior engineering director, then an engineering VP, then an engineering Senior VP, and finally Senior VP for Research and Systems Infrastructure. He joined Sequoia Capital in 2011. He has degrees in mathematics (Caltech) and computer science (PhD, Stanford). He has served on several advisory and non-profit boards, and has held various adjunct and consulting faculty positions.

Karina Edmonds

Karina Edmonds

Karina Montilla Edmonds is Executive Director for Corporate Partnerships at Caltech and a nationally recognized expert in the field of innovation, technology transfer and commercialization. She is responsible for implementing and managing an integrated strategy that transcends the Office of the Vice Provost of Research and attendant research portfolio supporting Caltech’s long-range strategies and interests involving the private sector and major Federal government funding agencies. She recently completed a three-year appointment by the US Secretary of Energy as the Technology Transfer Coordinator for the Department of Energy.

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 (Chair) 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 Keller is Director of the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory within the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and Professor of Statistics at Virginia Tech. Prior to this, she was Professor of Statistics and Academic Vice-President & Provost at the University of Waterloo, Director of the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute, Dean of Engineering and Professor of Statistics at Rice University, head of the Statistical Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Professor of Statistics at Kansas State, and Statistics Program Director at the NSF. Keller served on the NAS Board on Mathematical Sciences and its Applications, chaired the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics, and is a member of the Committee on National Statistics. Her areas of research are uncertainty quantification, computational and graphical statistics and related software and modeling techniques, and data access and confidentiality. She is a national associate of the NAS, fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected member of the International Statistics Institute, and member of the JASON advisory group. She is also a fellow and past president of the American Statistical Association. She holds a PhD in statistics from the Iowa State University of Science and Technology.

 

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 a Managing Director and Head of Alternatives Strategy at Wilshire Funds Management, the investment management division of Wilshire Associates. She is responsible for the strategic development of the firm’s alternative investment activities, including hedge fund investment solutions, liquid alternative product development and the implementation of systematic risk premium portfolios. Previously Ms. Miller 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 Stern is a Professor Emeritus at UC Irvine, where he was Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Dean of the School of Physical Sciences. He also serves on the boards of a number of professional organizations, including the Pacific Journal of Mathematics, the AMS, Mathematical Sciences Publishers, the IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute, and the Friends of the International Mathematic Union. Stern received his PhD from UCLA in 1973. His research focuses on low dimensional topology. He is 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.