I am a mathematician working in harmonic analysis, geometric measure theory and geometric combinatorics. More importantly, I have a wonderful family that makes my life very happy and fulfilling. In addition to my family and professional pursuits, I love reading about history and current events, translating poetry from Russian and French into English and playing basketball.
I was born in Lvov, USSR. In 1979 my family and I left the Soviet Union to escape hopelessness and discrimination. We settled in Chicago where my parents and my brother still live. I graduate from Roycemore School in Evanston in 1985, the University of Chicago in 1989 with a B.S. in Mathematics and the University of California-Los Angeles in 1993 with a Ph.D. in Mathematics under the direction of Chris Sogge, one the most influential figures in my life. Michael Christ and John Garnett, the other members of my Ph.D. Committee also provided me with much valuable advice and assistance over the years.
From 1993-95 I was a postdoctoral researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. This is where I met Eric Sawyer, who became a life-long friend and mentor. From 1995-1998 I was an Assistant Professor at Wright State University. This is where I met Steen Pedersen, Guozhen Lu, Manley Perkel and others who remain my friends to this day. From 1998-2000 I was an Assistant/Associate Professor at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and from 2000-2010 I was an Assistant/Associate/Full Professor at the University of Missouri. There is not nearly enough space here to describe my experiences, mostly positive, in those places. On July 1 I begin my new position at the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY.
I have, so far, graduated four Ph.D. students: Georgiy Aruytunyants, Doowon Koh, Derrick Hart and Jeremy Chapman. David Covert and Steven Senger will follow next year and Krystal Taylor the year after that.
I have two wonderful children, Joshua and Nathan and a beautiful wife, Shannon. They, along with my brother Sam and my parents make life truly worth living.