Mathematics professor, Jacob Fox, has become the new director of the Mathematics Research Center (MRC), effective August 1, 2018. Professor Fox takes over the directorship from Professor Soren Galatius who served as director from 2014-2018. Fox’s research interests include combinatorics, geometry, number theory, and probability.

The MRC is vital to sustain the research activities of both pure and applied mathematics in the Stanford Mathematics Department. The MRC helps maintain a vibrant visitor program as well. Each year dozens of prominent mathematicians come to Stanford for visits of varying length. The visits range from short visits to give a seminar or colloquium on their recent work, or visits of two to four weeks for intensive collaborations with Stanford faculty, summer visits to pursue on-going research programs or book projects, or long sabbatical visits of a quarter or a year. The MRC also sponsors conferences, workshops, and seminar series.

Ralph Cohen served as the Founding Director of the MRC from 1999 to 2009. Past directors include Kannan Soundararajan, who served from 2009-2014 and Soren Galatius.