# Professional Experience

**Ph.D. in Mathematics, Michigan State University**, MI, 2007. Advisor: 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

- Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant. Award amount: $42,000. 2019--2024.
- 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--2018.
- National Science Foundation Grant: "Topology of smooth and symplectic 4-manifolds", PI: R. Inanc Baykur. DMS-1510395. Award amount: $178,561. 2015--2019.
- 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--2018.
- 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 (5 times). 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.
- 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 "Knotted surfaces in 4-manifolds" (co-organizer). Amherst, October 26-28, 2018.

- Conference on "Geometric structures on 3- and 4-manifolds" (co-organizer). Dubrovnik, June 11-15, 2018.

- Conference on "Floer homologies and topology of 4-manifolds" (co-organizer). Amherst, April 8-9, 2017.

- Conference on "Perspectives in topology and geometry of 4-manifolds" (co-organizer). Dubrovnik, June 6-10, 2016.

- 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 (2014--2016) → Calvin College. Noriyuki Hamada (current).

- Ph.D. students: Andrew Havens, Richard Buckman (current).

- Exchange Ph.D. student: Kenta Hayano (Max Planck, 2012) → Hokkaido University.

- REU students: Andew Sharp (UMass, 2018), Kai Nakamura (UMass, 2017), Feride Ceren Kose (Max Planck, 2013) → UT Austin.

- Capstone thesis student: Kai Nakamura (UMass) → UT Austin.

- Capstone thesis committee member for: Cristian Rodriguez (UMass, 2017).

- Committee member of the Ph.D. thesis of: 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**

- Advances in Mathematics

- 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 the London Mathematical Society

- Journal of Topology

- Manuscripta Mathematica

- Mathematical Physics, Analysis and Geometry

- Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society

- Mathematical Research Letters

- Michigan Mathematical Journal

- Nagoya Mathematical Journal

- Pacific Journal of Mathematics

- Proceedings of Gökova Geometry-Topology Conference

- Proceedings of Symposia in Pure Mathematics

- 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