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David E Speyer |

My last name is pronounced "spire", like the top of a church. But I'll answer to "Sp-

I am an Associate Profesor in the department of mathematics at the Univeristy of Michigan. I am married, and have two kids.

In Fall 2016, I will be on Sabbatical at the Fields Institute in Toronto, at the special semester on Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry.

I enjoy algebraic problems with a combinatorial flavor. If you started out with a well
motivated algebraic question but wound up with lots of little complicated pictures, I
probably want to hear about it. Some topics I can usually be relied upon to think about:
tropical geometry, cluster algebras, flag manifolds and other geometry of Lie Groups,
interesting degenerations of algebraic structures, exact results and asymptopics of perfect
matchings (*eg* Arctic Circle phenomena). I also know a reasonable amount of
Number Theory and enjoy talking about it, although as yet this is not a research
interest.

I have recently taught calculus, linear algebra, calculus on
manifolds (fall term) (winter term),
algebraic geometry (fall term) (winter term),
graduate algebra (mostly Galois theory),
a class on the
combinatorial representation theory of GL_{n},
Hodge
theory, combinatorics (mostly graph theory) and a course on perfect
matchings.

I taught a sequence of lectures on Tropical Geometry, focusing on connection to Cluster Algebras, at the Jussieu Summer School. You can read my lecture notes. Nick Proudfoot and I also organized a summer school on cluster algebras and canonical bases at U. Oregon, you can read the lecture notes and problem sets.

I am a member of the REBUILD committee, which is dedicated to improving the teaching of introductory science and mathematics courses at the University of Michigan.

I have supervised undergraduate research projects by Jonathan Schneider, David Rush, Patrick Lenning, Andrew Gitlin, Benjamin Branman and Julio Cesar Soldevilla.

Before coming to the University of Michigan as a professor, I was a Clay Research Fellow. In that capacity, I spent two years (2005-2007) at the University of Michigan and three (2007-2010) at MIT.

I have a Ph. D. in mathematics from UC Berkeley, where I was a student of Bernd Sturmfels. My thesis is on tropical geometry, an approach to turning algebraic geometry problems into polyhedral geometry. Before coming to Berkeley, I was an undergraduate at Harvard. While there, I worked for Jim Propp's research group REACH and wrote an undergraduate thesis on the Eichler-Shimura correspondence under William Stein. I spent the rest of my time doing theater tech, hanging out with science fiction fans and working on Les Phys — the physics musical!

I spent four years as a counselor at PROMYS, a number theory program for high school students, and highly endorse it either as a place to study or to work. I spent my own high school summers at MOP, which I found great but works better for some people than for others. I went to High School at Choate Rosemary Hall and to Middle School at Talcott Mountain Academy. If you are a young nerd in Connecticut, looking for a middle school or after school program, I highly recommend Talcott.

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