Margaret Thomas to join in Fall 2019
Margaret Thomas joins the Department of Mathematics as a new tenure-track assistant professor in August 2019.
Professor Thomas studied at the University of Oxford, UK, obtaining her DPhil degree in 2009 under the supervision of Alex J. Wilkie FRS. Following a postdoctoral position in 2010 at the University of Manchester, UK, she held the position of Research Fellow of the Zukunftskolleg at the University of Konstanz, Germany, from 2011 until 2017. During this time she also held Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley (in 2014), and the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences in Toronto, Canada (in 2017). She joins Purdue University from McMaster University, Canada, where she has been since 2017, most recently as an Assistant Professor.
Professor Thomas' research expertise lies in applying model theory, a branch of mathematical logic, to a wide variety of areas of mathematics. She is especially interested in the far-reaching scope of o-minimality, a framework for 'tame geometry', and has worked on problems at the interface of o-minimality with real analytic geometry, number theory, topology, functional analysis, dynamical systems and combinatorics.
She is very much looking forward to being a part of the faculty at Purdue and engaging in discussions with colleagues and students alike.