The University of Maryland announces today a $4.75 million gift to its Department of Mathematics to expand research in pure and applied mathematics and statistics.
Mathematics Professor Emeritus Michael Brin and his wife Eugenia and the Sergey Brin Family Foundation are establishing the Brin Mathematics Research Center, which will expand the university’s mathematics and statistics research and education programs and support visiting scholars, workshops and symposia, and summer programs.
“The impact and generosity of the Brin family here at the University of Maryland is extraordinary,” said Amitabh Varshney, dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences. “We are honored that the Brin family’s latest gift will support pure mathematics and statistics research and its applications to nearly every sector of our economy.”
The center will provide a platform for UMD to expand and showcase its mathematics and statistics research excellence nationally and internationally. It will also foster interactions between mathematicians at UMD and around the world.
Housed in the Computer Science Instructional Center, the center will organize its activities around annual themes. Each year will be dedicated to several different research areas. The center will invite visiting scholars and host scientific meetings on these themes.
“The University of Maryland was a welcoming home for our family for many years. We hope that the new center will significantly advance mathematics research at Maryland,” said Michael Brin, who retired from UMD in 2011 after 31 years on its faculty.
Michael and Eugenia, a retired NASA scientist, parents to Google co-founder Sergey (B.S. ’93, mathematics and computer science) and Samuel (B.S. ’09, computer science), have made several significant gifts over the years to support the university’s Department of Mathematics; Department of Computer Science; Russian program; and School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.
“This gift is truly transformational for our department,” said Doron Levy, chair of the Department of Mathematics and inaugural director of the Brin Mathematics Research Center. “With exciting faculty hires, an expanded postdoctoral program, new research opportunities and many educational initiatives, our department aims to be one of the top mathematics departments in the world. The Brin Mathematics Research Center is key to achieving our goals. The level of support it will provide to our research activities is unprecedented within the mathematical community. On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to thank the Brin family for their outstanding gift.”
The department currently ranks 9th in the nation among public institutions according to U.S. News & World Report and has over 100 tenured/tenure-track and professional-track faculty members, nearly 800 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate students, and teaches about 10,000 students a semester.
The Brin family’s generous gift supports Fearless Ideas: The Campaign for Maryland, UMD’s $1.5 billion fundraising campaign focused on elevating and expanding the university’s mission of service, enhancing academic distinction and bolstering UMD’s leading-edge research enterprise.
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The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland educates more than 9,000 future scientific leaders in its undergraduate and graduate programs each year. The college's 10 departments and more than a dozen interdisciplinary research centers foster scientific discovery with annual sponsored research funding exceeding $200 million.