Vadim Kaloshin named distinguished professor of mathematics

April 22, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Vadim Kaloshin, professor of mathematics, has been named distinguished professor of mathematics at Penn State. He was honored with the title in recognition of his exceptional record of teaching, research, and service to the University community.

Kaloshin studies the stability of motion of complex mechanical systems over long periods of time, focusing on the motion of planets. The behavior of such complex systems can be seen either as regular, as in the motion of planets, or chaotic, as in the motion of a hurricane. Kaloshin analyzes the interplay between regular and chaotic behavior to determine the length of stability of various systems, including the complicated three-body problem in classical mechanics, which involves determining the motion of three celestial bodies moving under no influence other than that of their mutual gravitation. Little is known about this problem. The object of Kaloshin's research is to develop techniques to investigate the stability time of these systems.

Kaloshin's work has been recognized with a two-year Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2004, two three-year National Science Foundation grants in 2003 and 2007, a prize from the Moscow Mathematical Society in 2001, and a five-year fellowship from the American Institute of Mathematics from 2000 to 2005. He also received two Soros graduate student awards, in 1994 and 1995, a fellowship from the Russian Prime Minister in 1995, and a Science and Math Merit Fellowship in 1996 from Princeton University.

Kaloshin has published several scientific papers in prestigious international mathematics journals, including Annals of Mathematics, Inventiones Mathematicae, Communications in Mathematical Physics, Communications in Pure and Applied Mathematics, and Annals of Probability. He also serves as a member of the editorial boards of Inventiones Mathematicae and Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems.  Kaloshin has presented several invited talks, including plenary talks at the western section of the American Mathematical Society meeting in San Francisco in 2006 and EquaDiff (the congress on differential equations) in 2003, and sectional talks at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid in 2006 and the International Congress in Mathematical Physics in Lisbon, Portugal in 2003.

In 2006, Kaloshin joined Penn State as a professor of mathematics and the University of Maryland at College Park as the Brin Chair in Mathematics. He previously had been an associate professor of mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) since 2002 and an American Institute of Mathematics research fellow from 2000 to 2005.  Prior to joining Caltech, Kaloshin had been a Moore Instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) since 2001 and a visiting scholar at New York University from 2000 to 2001.

Kaloshin also has served as a visiting scholar at the Institut de Mécanique Céleste et de Calcul des Éphémérides at the Observatoire de Paris in September 2006, the Institute of Henri Poincare in Paris in September 2003, the University Autonoma de Madrid in Madrid in July 2001, the College de France in Paris in January 2000, and the Instituto Nacional de Matemática Pura e Aplicada in Rio de Janeiro in August 1999.

Kaloshin earned a bachelor's degree with cum laude honors in mathematics at Moscow State University in Russia in 1994, and a master's degree and doctoral degree in mathematics at Princeton University in 1997 and 2001, respectively.

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