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UCLA Alum Jill C. Pipher elected President of the American Mathematical Society

We are happy to announce that Jill Pipher, who received her BA, MA and PhD degrees from the Department and who is now Vice President for Research and Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Mathematics at Brown University, has just been elected President of the American Mathematical Society. Congratulations, Jill!

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Jill C. Pipher, Vice President for Research at Brown University and Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor of Mathematics at Brown, has been elected as the next AMS President. Pipher is the third woman to be elected AMS President, following Julia Robinson (1983-1984) and Cathleen Synge Morawetz (1995-1996). She will succeed the current AMS President, Kenneth A. Ribet, in 2019.

Pipher’s professional honors include an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship. She is an inaugural Fellow of the AMS (2012), served as President of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 2011 to 2013, was an Invited Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul in 2014, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. Pipher’s research areas include harmonic analysis, partial differential equations, and lattice-based cryptography. She has published more than 60 papers and co-authored an undergraduate cryptography textbook. Pipher jointly holds four patents related to the NTRU encryption algorithm. She was a co-founder of Ntru Cryptosystems, Inc., now part of Security Innovation, Inc.

Pipher received her PhD from UCLA in 1985 under the direction of John Garnett. She was a Dickson Instructor and later assistant professor at the University of Chicago before joining the faculty at Brown in 1989. She was the founding Director of the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), a National Science Foundation mathematics institute, from 2010 to 2016.

Pipher says that she "will work with energy on every aspect of the core mission of the AMS. I especially hope to help the AMS be an advocate for mathematical research in public, private, and government sectors and look forward to working with the dedicated staff and membership to advance these goals."

Current AMS President Kenneth A. Ribet (University of California, Berkeley), says:
"I wish to thank the candidates who agreed to run for election and to congratulate all the winners. I especially wish to congratulate Jill Pipher, who will become President-elect on February 1, 2018. I look forward to working with Professor Pipher, first as AMS President and then in 2019 as Immediate Past President."