Aaron Lauda, a visiting researcher in the Math Department for the Spring semester 2011, has won a 2011 Sloan Research Fellowship. Awarded annually since 1955, these two year fellowships are given to 118 early-career scientists and scholars in science, mathematics, economics and computer science, in recognition of achievement and the potential to contribute substantially to their fields. Past recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships have gone on to win 38 Nobel prizes, 14 Fields Medals (mathematics), and eight John Bates Clark awards (economics).
Aaron earned his Ph.D. from Cambridge University (England) in 2006 and is currently holds an NSF postdoc and is a Joseph Fels Ritt Assistant Professor at Columbia University. In Fall 2011 he will join the mathematics department at the University of Southern California as an assistant professor.