# PRIMES: Program Staff

## Chief Research Advisor / Math Track Faculty Coordinator

**Pavel Etingof** is Professor of Mathematics in the Mathematics Department at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University in 1994, under Igor Frenkel. He taught at Harvard as a Benjamin Peirce Assistant Professor in 1994-1999, joined the MIT mathematics faculty as an assistant professor in 1998, and became a full professor in 2005. Professor Etingof's research interests are noncommutative algebra, representation theory, mathematical physics. He served as Director of Graduate Studies at the MIT mathematics department in 2002-2007. Professor Etingof has led mathematics research programs for high school students at the Clay Mathematics Research Academy in 2004 and 2005, and suggested and supervised 10 high school research projects at the Research Science Institute (RSI) at MIT.

## Program Director

**Slava Gerovitch**
is Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at MIT. He holds a Master's degree in applied mathematics and a PhD in history and social study
of science from MIT's Science, Technology and Society Program, under Loren Graham. He is the
author of From Newspeak to Cyberspeak: A History of Soviet Cybernetics. Dr. Gerovitch's
research interests are history of mathematics, cybernetics, and computing; space history and space policy; and history of Russian and Soviet
science and technology. The courses he taught at MIT include
history of science,
history of computing, and
cultural history of mathematics. His current research project is on
recent history of representation theory.

## Computer Science Section Faculty Coordinator

**Srini Devadas** is
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in
the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
(CSAIL) at MIT. His research interests include computer
security, computer architecture, computer-aided design of
VLSI circuits, formal verification, and computational
biology. He has written numerous papers in these areas, and
co-authored four books on CAD. He has served on the
technical program committees of several conferences, as an
Associate Editor of the *ACM Transactions on Design
Automation*, and serves on the editorial board of other
journals. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He served as the chair
of Area II (Computer Science Graduate Program) in 2003-2005,
and as the Research Director of Architecture, Systems and
Networking within CSAIL in 2003-2005. He served as Associate
Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science with responsibility for Computer Science in
2005-2011.

## Computational Biology Section Faculty Coordinator

**
Leonid Mirny**
is Associate Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and
Physics at the
Harvard-MIT
Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He is a
member of the
MIT Physical Science-Oncology Center: Single-Cell Dynamics
in Cancer. Professor Mirny's research focuses on
problems in biophysics, bioinformatics, and genomics. His
recent study uses fractal theory to reconstruct the
architecture of the human genome.

## PRIMES Circle Section Coordinator

**Dr. Chelsea Walton** is a National Science
Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and R.L.E. Moore Instructor
in the Mathematics Department at MIT. She received her Ph.D.
in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 2011,
under J.
Tobias Stafford. Her research fields are Noncommutative
Algebra, Noncommutative Algebraic Geometry, Representation
Theory, and Invariant Theory. She was an instructor in Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education program at Pomona
College, Claremont, California, in June 2012.

## Head Mentor

**Tanya Khovanova**
is Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at MIT. She received
her Ph.D. in mathematics from Moscow State University in 1988, under
Israel Gelfand. Her research was in representation theory, integrable systems,
quantum groups, and superstring theory. Currently she is interested in
combinatorics and recreational mathematics. Dr. Khovanova
also coaches mathletes at the Advanced Math & Science
Academy in Marlborough, Mass., and coordinates math research at
MIT's Research
Science Institute (RSI). She has created the popular Number Gossip site.

**Contact**

**With questions, contact PRIMES Program Director
Dr. Slava Gerovitch at****
primes@math.mit.edu **