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Laurier mathematician Kaiming Zhao.
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Mathematician Kaiming Zhao named Laurier’s 2014-15 University Research Professor

Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing

May 8/14| For Immediate Release


Abby Goodrum, Vice-President, Research
Wilfrid Laurier University
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Kevin Crowley, Acting Assistant Vice-President
Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing, Wilfrid Laurier University
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WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University mathematician Kaiming Zhao has been named Laurier’s 2014-15 University Research Professor. The announcement was made this week at the Celebrate Research 2013-14 event, sponsored by Laurier’s Office of Research Services.

Zhao has spent his career working on and improving theoretical approaches to algebra, most notably in Lie algebraic theory. This approach informs a number of popular scientific endeavours such as mathematical finance and string theory. 

Since joining Laurier in 2003, Zhao has continued to establish himself as a leading scholar, having produced more than 100 research papers in top mathematics journals, which have been cited by his peers more than 500 times. His theoretical contributions have also been recognized with major Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) awards as well as Natural Science Foundation (NSF) grants awarded in China.

“I am very pleased to announce that Kaiming Zhao is our University Research Professor for 2014-15,” said Abby Goodrum, vice-president: research at Laurier. “Dr. Zhao’s continuous record of outstanding achievement is exemplary of Laurier’s world-class researchers and we look forward to seeing the impact of his achievements as University Research Professor.”

Zhao will use his University Research Professor award to sponsor two visiting scholars and will work with them to study and classify new Lie algebraic representations.

The University Research Professor award was created to recognize a continuous record of outstanding scholarship by a full-time Laurier faculty member and to enable that scholar to complete a major piece of research. The award also emphasizes the importance of research at Laurier and promotes the achievements of the university’s outstanding scholars.

The University Research Professor award provides a $10,000 research grant and two course remissions for the year. The award is given each year at fall convocation with a citation.


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