Welcome Courant's Newest Faculty Members
The Courant Institute is excited to welcome eleven new faculty members this semester. The impressive group represents a wide range of backgrounds and research interests—read through their short bios below and extend a warm welcome when you see them around campus!
Matus Telgarsky, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, specializes in the mathematical foundations of deep learning. He is extremely excited to return to NYC, where he received a Diploma in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School once upon a time. In the intervening years, Dr. Telgarsky received a Ph.D. from University of California San Diego under Sanjoy Dasgupta, spent years at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and organized programs for the Simons Institute at Berkeley.
Tristan Buckmaster, Professor of Mathematics, completed his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Leipzig/Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in 2014. His research focuses on partial differential equations with a particular emphasis on hydrodynamics. Professor Buckmaster previously worked as a Courant Instructor for three years; he most recently served on the faculty of the University of Maryland.
Jinyoung Park, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from Rutgers University in 2020. She joined NYU Courant last semester from Stanford University, where she served as a Szegö Assistant Professor. Her research interests include extremal and probabilistic combinatorics, asymptotic enumeration, and graph theory.
Roland Bauerschmidt, Professor of Mathematics, specializes in probability theory and analysis, particularly their applications to statistical mechanics. He received his undergraduate degree from ETH Zurich and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of British Columbia. He joins NYU from the University of Cambridge, where he served as a Professor of Probability.
Hau-Tieng Wu, Professor of Mathematics, received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Princeton University in 2011 as well as an M.D. from Taiwan’s National Yang-Ming University in 2003. Before joining Courant, Professor Wu served on the faculty of Duke University—where he runs the MISTA (Medical information and signal, theory and application) lab.
Alan Kaptanoglu, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, works at the intersection of plasma physics, machine learning, and fusion energy. He received a B.S. in Physics from Stanford University in 2016 and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Washington in 2021. Most recently, he served as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Maryland.
Sunoo Park, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, pursues research in technology policy, cryptography, and computer security. She received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Dr. Park will serve as Affiliated Interdisciplinary Faculty at the NYU School of Law.
Yanjun Han, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Data Science, completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University in 2021, under the supervision of Tsachy Weissman. He then spent one year at the Simons Institute at Berkeley and one year at the MIT Statistics and Data Science Center. His research focuses on the mathematics of data science, including statistics, learning theory, bandits, and information theory. He is jointly appointed with NYU’s Center for Data Science.
Benedikt Bünz, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, received his B.S. from University of Zurich and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University. His research focuses on the science of blockchains using tools from applied cryptography, game theory and consensus.
Hong Wang, Associate Professor of Mathematics, is interested in Fourier analysis and related problems. She completed her Ph.D. in 2019 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was advised by Larry Guth. Professor Wang joins NYU Courant from the University of California Los Angeles.
David Fouhey, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, received an A.B. in Computer Science from Middlebury College in 2011 and Ph.D. in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016. He joins NYU from the faculty of the University of Michigan. Dr. Fouhey’s work focuses on learning-based computer vision; he is jointly appointed with Tandon’s Electrical and Computer Engineering department.
(Photos correspond to bios L-R, top row followed by bottom row)