Providence, RI---Martin Kassabov of Cornell University has been awarded the prestigious AMS Centennial Fellowship for the 2007-2008 academic year. The fellowship is presented annually to outstanding mathematicians who have held the doctoral degree for between three and twelve years. The primary selection criterion is excellence in research achievement. The stipend for the 2007-2008 Centennial Fellowship is US$66,000, plus an expense allowance of US$3,500. Fellows also receive a complimentary one-year AMS membership.
Martin Kassabov received his Ph.D in 2003 from Yale University under the supervision of Efim Zelmanov. He was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Alberta (2003-2004) and an H.C. Wang Assistant Professor at Cornell University (2004-2006). He is currently an assistant professor at Cornell University.
Kassabov's main interests are in combinatorial algebra and its applications to group theory. A big part of his work involves studying representation theory of finite groups and constructions of expander graphs. His work also has applications to geometric group theory.
Kassabov plans to use the fellowship to visit his collaborators in Imperial College London, Hebrew University Jerusalem, and Alfred Renyi Mathematics Institute in Budapest.
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