The tetrahedron is the most simple of three-space (platonic) shapes, given that it consists of only four vertices. Examples abound in everyday life, including in the origami being taught here by Texas A&M mathematician Mila Mogilevsky in conjunction with the annual Texas A&M Summer Educational Enrichment in Math (SEE-Math) Program.


Jeffrey C. Lagarias, Harold Mead Stark Collegiate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan, will visit the Texas A&M University campus next week to deliver the 2017 Mathematics Undergraduate Research Lecture, the second in a new annual series designed to educate and inspire students in the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics.

Lagarias, a widely respected expert in number theory and discrete and computational geometry, among a host of related fields, will present "Packing Space With Regular Tetrahedra" on Wednesday (March 1) at 6 p.m. in Room 220 of the John R. Blocker Building. The event will be preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. and followed by a brief discussion opportunity from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Michael Anshelevich, professor of mathematics and 2017 event organizer, says the Undergraduate Research Lecture Series was founded in 2016 to provide a venue for undergraduate students to interact with leading researchers from outside Texas A&M who have also demonstrated a deep interest in and capacity for student mentoring.

"Jeff is an outstanding speaker, so the lecture should be of interest to students, irrespective of class or major," Anshelevich said.

A member of the Michigan faculty since 2002, Lagarias earned his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Putnam Fellow in 1970. Prior to joining academia, he worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories, earning eventual promotion to Distinguished Member of Technical Staff -- the industry equivalent to full professor. He continues to consult with AT&T Research Laboratories.

A fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Lagarias' research interests in addition to number theory include cryptography, dynamical systems, optimization, harmonic analysis, computational complexity and mathematical physics. In addition to authoring more than 200 publications with more than 100 collaborators worldwide, he has edited four books.

Lagarias' career honors include the AMS Levi Conant Prize in 2014 as well as the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Paul R. Halmos-Lester R. Ford Award in both 1986 and 2007. He has served as an MAA Polya Lecturer in both 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

For additional information about the lecture, visit the URLS homepage.

To learn more about undergraduate research in the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics, go to http://www.math.tamu.edu/undergraduate/research/.

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Contact: Shana Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Michael Anshelevich, (979) 845-3261 or manshel@math.tamu.edu

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  • Dr. Jeffrey C. Lagarias

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