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Mathematician Volberg Named MSU Foundation Professor

Sasha Volberg

Michigan State University (MSU) professor of mathematics Alexander (Sasha) Volberg has been named an MSU Foundation Professor.

“This award recognizes Professor Volberg’s considerable achievements in the field of mathematics,” said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt. “MSU Foundation Professorships demonstrate the university’s commitment to recognizing and rewarding world-class scholars.”

The title is bestowed by MSU, with support from the MSU Foundation. Volberg will receive supplemental research support over five years and hold the MSU Foundation Professor designation permanently.

A University Distinguished Professor since 2001, Volberg specializes in harmonic analysis, singular integrals, and operator theory. His 2014 paper in Acta Mathematica resolved the 30-year old David-Semmes conjecture, concerning the possible structure of the singularity in the underlying measure of bounded Calderon-Zygmund operators.

“Sasha continues to make great progress in the problems that challenge the best minds in his field,” said R. James Kirkpatrick, dean of the College of Natural Science. “He has earned top awards and recognition from mathematicians around the world for his work.”

In 1988, Volberg was awarded the Salem prize, widely considered the top prize for young mathematicians working in harmonic analysis. He was invited to present at the 1990 International Congress of Mathematicians in Kyoto, Japan, and received the 2005 Lars Onsager medal from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In 2011, Volberg gave the “Rubio de Francia” memorial lecture in Madrid and also held a prestiguous Humboldt Foundation Professorship.

“Sasha’s work has been consistently funded by the National Science Foundation for many years,” said Stephen Hsu, vice president for Research and Graduate Studies. “His broader impact and outreach are as first-rate as his scholarship. He serves as the face of mathematics for MSU on a global scale.”

According to Volberg, who joined MSU in 1990, “My work is really about pattern recognition and pattern compression. There are still many open – and interesting – problems to solve.”

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