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College of Science Appoints New Hubert Butts Alumni Professor

01/17/2012 12:01 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU Professor of Mathematics Ambar Sengupta has joined the ranks of distinguished faculty to hold the title of Hubert Butts Alumni Departmental Professor. A faculty member in the Department of Mathematics since 1991, Sengupta has also held positions in the Department of Physics at Princeton University, the Max Planck Institute Bonn at the University of Bonn in Germany, the Indian Statistical Institute and the École Normale Superiéure in Paris.


“This well-deserved recognition honors Ambar’s long-standing commitment to providing quality education and research in mathematics,” said Kevin Carman, dean of the College of Science.


Sengupta earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Calcutta followed by a Master of Science and Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University. Sengupta’s past awards include a 2011 Mercator Guest Professorship at the University of Bonn by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, or German Research Foundation.


“Exploring mathematics and working with students at LSU has always been a privilege and a great pleasure for me,” said Sengupta. “I am delighted and thankful to receive this honor.”


Sengupta’s current research efforts focus on mathematical questions that arise from various areas of physics. His work involves a combination of geometry, probability theory and exploring spaces of finite and infinite dimensions whose points encode geometric structures with symmetries. Sengupta’s research also examines mathematical applications in the analysis of financial markets and instruments.


The Hubert Butts Alumni Departmental Professorship is named in honor of Mathematics Alumni Professor Emeriti Hubert S. Butts and is presented to mathematics professors with a reputation for excellence in undergraduate instruction.

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