“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. ” -- Albert Einstein

About Me

I grew up on Vashon Island, just off of Seattle, Washington. Having not had my fill of island life, I decided to attend the University of Hawaii at Hilo for undergrad. After starting in Astronomy and Physics, I fell in love with the underlying Mathematics and changed majors. I was lucky enough to be able to attend a summer program or REU during each of my summers as an undergrad. After freshman year I was a participant in the inaugural year of PURE Math where I studied Sandpile groups on bipartite graphs. During the summer after my sophomore year I went to Oxford, Ohio to participate in SUMSRI. At SUMSRI I learned about graph theory and did a little research in tournament theory. The third summer of undergrad I went to Rutgers University to join their math department REU where I studied polynomial knot invariants. The summer after I graduated, I was able to participate in the IMMERSE program at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. I attended two classes during IMMERSE, one on applied analysis and the other on commutative algebra.

In my short career as a mathematician, I have been able to attend and/or present at numerous national conferences. I have been to the last four SACNAS National Conferences, as well as JMM and an AMS Sectional Meeting. In 2012 I attended the Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures Conference at the Centre De Recherches Mathématiques in Montreal. I also participated in a local conference at UH Hilo. I have presented posters and given talks on Tournament Theory, Abelian Sandpile Groups, Knot Theory, Lie Groups, and Fractal Geometry.

As a second year I started working with Dr. Xia in optimal transportation. I have been interested in fractals for a long time, and now we are looking at combining optimal transport and fractal geometry to answer new questions. I have also found that I extremely enjoy teaching. I spend a lot (i.e. too much) time planning lectures and thinking about the best way to describe math to my students.

As my past students will agree, I get very animated (and talk too fast) when I get to give lectures because I get so excited. That is why I decided to teach 16B over the summer and again during the fall quarter (actually teach, not just TA). It was a fantastic experience, and I look forward to being able to do so again.

My long term goals are to be a professor at some university, but I'm not sure if that will happen immediately after finishing my degree or if I will come back to it after trying some work in industry or government. Either way, I intend to continue teaching as much as possible while in grad school in order to best prepare myself for that future job (and because it is fun). I really try to make class fun or funny, because if you're not having fun then what are you there for? If you can make learning enjoyable (for yourself or others) then you have a much higher chance of relating to the material and ultimately learning it more thoroughly. My aim is to make class enjoyable enough that students don't hate math and will grudgingly admit that they are having fun in a math class. I consider part of my job to be making students see that math is not terrible if you have some fun with it and put in some solid effort.

In the spring of 2016 I was awarded the Henry L. Alder Prize for Excellence in Teaching from the UCD math department. I also attended the 2016 Summer School on Fractal Geometry and Complex Dimensions at Cal Poly SLO. During the second summer session I taught MAT 16A.

During the summer of 2017 I passed my qualifying exam, and turned in my thesis in the summer of 2019. I have since moved to Tucson and am an instructor at the University of Arizona. I am excited for what this next chapter will bring and being able to focus on teaching.

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Tynan Lazarus
Email: tlazarus (at) math (dot) arizona (dot) edu
Office: MATH 505
Address: 617 N. Santa Rita Ave
P.O. Box 210089
Tucson, AZ 85721-0089