UIC mathematician receives AMS Centenary Fellowship

Mimi Dai, associate professor of mathematics at UIC. Credit: Alexey Cheskidov

Mimi Dai, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been awarded the American Mathematical Society Centennial Fellowship for the 2022-2023 academic year. The first selection criterion is the excellence of the candidate’s research.

Dai studies nonlinear partial differential equations, fluid dynamics, harmonic analysis, and complex fluids. Recently, she has been interested in the appearance of singularities in turbulent flows. During her fellowship year, she will visit collaborators in the US, UK, Italy, and Switzerland to continue tackling difficult problems about the pathological behavior of solutions to certain fluid equations.

“I am extremely honored to receive the prestigious AMS Centennial Fellowship,” said Dai. “As my name ‘Mimi’ in Chinese means ‘in search of secrets’, it seems to be my destiny to become a mathematician. Simply, the abstraction and the limitlessness of mathematics is the type of art that aroused an intense passion in me.

Dai was a plenary speaker at a satellite event of the International Congress of Mathematicians 2018 for Women in Differential Equations. She was twice the organizer of the Graduate Research Opportunities for Women Conference.

“Like each of us wandering the world of mathematics, facing challenges and often failures is the most common thing. However, I have been so blessed to be inspired and uplifted by my advisors, collaborators and colleagues along the way to my current stage,” said Dai. “I am sincerely grateful for the recognition I have received for my research.”

Dai received her doctorate in 2012 from the University of California, Santa Cruz, advised by Maria Schonbek and Jie Qing. Dai then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She joined UIC in 2013 as a Research Assistant Professor, becoming an Assistant Professor in 2016 and an Associate Professor in 2020. In the 2021-2022 academic year, she is also a von Neumann Fellow at the Institute for Princeton Advanced Study.

In 1973, the AMS established a research scholarship fund, renamed in 1988 to honor the centennial of the AMS. Fellowship applicants must have completed a doctoral degree for three to twelve years and must currently hold a tenured, tenure-track, postdoctoral, or comparable position (at the discretion of the selection committee) at a North American institution.

Based on an announcement published by the American Mathematical Society.

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