Dimitri Shlyakhtenko, UCLA professor and former chair of mathematics, has been named the new director of UCLA’s Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, which is federally funded by the National Science Foundation to strengthen the ties between mathematics and other sciences. IPAM enables mathematicians to work collaboratively with a broad range of scholars of science and technology to transform the world through mathematics.

“We will continue to build interdisciplinary research communities in which mathematicians and other scientists address great scientific and societal challenges,” Shlyakhtenko said.

IPAM, inaugurated in 2000, hosts workshops, conferences and other programs that bring more than 1,000 visitors annually from universities, government and industry to UCLA, including internationally renowned mathematicians and other scientists. The institute also helps to train new generations of interdisciplinary mathematicians and scientists.

Shlyakhtenko earned his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1997 and has been a member of UCLA’s faculty since 1998. He will become IPAM director effective July 1.

He succeeds Russel Caflisch, who will be leaving UCLA this summer to become director of New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, where he earned his Ph.D. and served on the faculty from 1979 to 1989, when he joined UCLA. 

At an event May 17 honoring Caflisch, Shlyakhtenko said he is “extremely impressed with Russ’ leadership.”

Caflisch said IPAM will be in very good hands. “Dima was a superb chair of mathematics, and I am very confident IPAM will continue to flourish,” he said.