Professional Experience

Ph.D. in Mathematics, Michigan State University, MI, 2007. Advisor: Professor Ronald Fintushel.

Academic employment

  • Associate Professor. Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 2017—present.
  • Assistant Professor. Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 2013—2017.
  • W2 Research Associate Professor. Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany, 2011—2013.
  • Postdoctoral Instructor. Department of Mathematics, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 2008—2011.
  • Visiting Ritt Assistant Professor. Department of Mathematics, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2007.

Grants and fellowships

  • National Science Foundation Grant: "Perspectives in topology and geometry of 4-manifolds", PI: Gordana Matic, CO-PIs: R. Inanc Baykur, Thomas Mark. DMS-1612071. Award amount: $46,100. 2016--2017.
  • National Science Foundation Grant: "Topology of smooth and symplectic 4-manifolds", PI: R. Inanc Baykur. DMS-1510395. Award amount: $178,561. 2015--2018.
  • National Science Foundation Grant: "Northeast Conferences on Geometry and Topology of 4-manifolds", PI: R. Inanc Baykur, Co-PI: Weimin Chen. DMS-1522633. Award amount: $49,700. 2015--2017.
  • Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant. Award amount: $35,000. 2014--2019.
  • American Institute of Mathematics SQuaRE Grant: "Symplectic and contact geometry and mapping class groups". 2014--2016.
  • UMass Faculty Research Grant: "Interactions between low dimensional topology and mapping class groups". Award amount: $10,000. Summer 2014.
  • UMass Flex Teaching Award (4 times). 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
  • National Science Foundation Research Grant: "Geometry and Topology of Smooth 4-manifolds", PI: R. Inanc Baykur. DMS-0906912. Award amount: $121,512. 2009--2013.
  • Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Program Membership, Berkeley, CA. Spring 2010.
  • Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques Research Fellowship, Bures-sur-Yvette, France. Summer 2009 and Summer 2011.
  • Max Planck Institute Research Fellowship, Bonn, Germany. Spring and Summer 2008.
  • Institute for Advanced Study Program Membership, Princeton, NJ. Summer 2005.

Service activities

  • Conference, workshop, and seminar organizer
    - Geometry and Topology Seminar (co-organizer). UMass Amherst, Spring 2014--present.
    - Conference on "Perspectives in topology and geometry of 4-manifolds" (co-organizer)
    - Conference on "Geometry and topology of symplectic 4-manifolds" (co-organizer). Amherst, April 24-26, 2015.
    - Algebraic and Geometric Topology Workshop (co-organizer). METU, Ankara, January 9-10, 2015.
    - Workshop on "Group actions on smooth 4-manifolds" (co-organizer). Amherst, October 25-26, 2013.
    - Workshop on "Geometry and topology of smooth 4-manifolds" (co-organizer). Bonn, June 3-7, 2013.
    - Conference on "Low dimensional topology and mapping class groups" (co-organizer). Bonn, July 1-5, 2013.
    - Geometric-Topology Seminar (co-organizer). Bonn, Fall 2011--Spring 2013.
    - Joint Brandeis-Harvard-MIT-Northeastern Colloquium (co-organizer). Boston, Fall 2010--Spring 2011.
    - Topology Seminar (co-organizer). Brandeis University, Fall 2010--Spring 2011.
    - Graduate Geometry and Topology Seminar. MSU, Fall 2003--Spring 2006.
  • Mentoring
    - Postdocs: Nathan Sunukjian (UMass Amherst, 2014--2016), Noriyuki Hamada (UMass Amherst, current).
    - Ph.D. students: Andrew Havens and Richard Buckman (UMass Amherst, current).
    - Exchange Ph.D. student: Kenta Hayano (Max Planck Bonn, 2012).
    - REU mentor of: Kai Nakamura (UMass, Summer 2017), Feride Ceren Kose (Max Planck Bonn, Summer 2013).
    - Honors thesis committee chair for: Kai Nakamura (UMass, current).
    - Honors thesis committee member for: Cristian Rodriguez (UMass, 2017).
    - Ph.D. thesis committee member for: Mark Radosevich (Brandeis, 2010), Mark Lowell (UMass, 2016), Thomas Shelly (UMass, 2016).
    - Conducted the minor exams of Ph.D. candidates Anna Vijayan (Brandeis, 2010), and Matt Graham (Brandeis, 2011).
  • Referee
    - Algebraic & Geometric Topology
    - Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society
    - Communications in Analysis and Geometry
    - Expositiones Mathematicae
    - Geometry & Topology
    - Geometry & Topology Monographs
    - Hiroshima Mathematical Journal
    - International Journal of Mathematics
    - International Mathematics Research Notices
    - Journal für die Reine und Angewandte Mathematik
    - Journal of Differential Geometry
    - Journal of Symplectic Geometry
    - Journal of Topology
    - Manuscripta Mathematica
    - Mathematical Physics, Analysis and Geometry
    - Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
    - Michigan Mathematical Journal
    - Nagoya Mathematical Journal
    - Pacific Journal of Mathematics
    - Proceedings of Gökova Geometry-Topology Conference
    - Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society
    - Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society
    - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA)
    - Topology and Its Applications
    - Transactions of the American Mathematical Society
    - Transactions of the London Mathematical Society.
  • Reviewer
    - National Science Foundation Grant Panel
    - AMS Mathematical Reviews.