Contact:

Pronouns: He/Him
richardwong[at]math.ucla.edu
MS 6324

Department of Mathematics
University of California, Los Angeles
Box 951555
Los Angeles, CA 90095

I am an Assistant Adjunct Professor in Mathematics at UCLA. I'm part of the algebraic topology group, and my mentor is Mike Hill. I received my Ph.D. in 2021 from the University of Texas at Austin, where I was advised by Andrew Blumberg. Previously I was an undergraduate at Rutgers University, where I graduated in 2015 with highest honors in mathematics and a minor in cognitive science.

My research interests are in computations in (equivariant, stable) homotopy theory. Click here for a non-technical overview of what that means. For example, I apply the computational methods of homotopy theory to answer questions about the modular representation theory of finite groups.

Teaching and communicating mathematics is an important part of my mathematical identity, and I value the impact that I have as an educator. It is for this reason that I am committed to inclusive and equitable teaching that affirms and empowers students.

Similarly, I have been involved with a number of outreach efforts. I am committed to actively promoting and supporting diversity, inclusivity, and equity in mathematics. I believe that in order to make mathematics more accessible and inclusive for all, one must actively work to break down the systemic barriers that exist due to race, gender, socio-economic background, or cultural identity. If you're new to these ideas, send me an email - I'm happy to have a conversation with you!

Fall 2021

I am teaching Math 32A and Math 32AH,, Calculus of Several Variables. If you are interested in taking 32AH, you should send me an email. You are welcome to attend lectures as a guest before the add/drop deadline, and you should also talk to me before/after class to be added to the course Canvas page.

In addition to the traditional "course content" office hours, I am also holding "social" office hours for my students to get to know me, their classmates and peers at UCLA, and (occasionally) professional mathematicians.

Summer 2021

Over the summer, I am again organizing an online series of Summer Minicourses, along with Arun Debray, Amy Li, and Saad Slaoui. This summer, we are serving over 500 participants worldwide. For more details, please the Summer Minicourse website.