Cynthia Vinzant

Email: vinzant (at)
Simons Institute, Berkeley, CA

Until Spring 2014, I was a Hildebrandt assistant professor and NSF postdoc in the math department at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently, I am a research fellow at the Simons Institute in Berkeley, and in the Spring 2015 I start as an assistant professor at North Carolina State University.

My research involves convex algebraic geometry and applications of real algebraic geometry and tropical geometry to convex optimization, in particular semidefinite programming. In 2011, I completed my Ph.D. thesis, Real Algebraic Geometry in Convex Optimization, at UC Berkeley, where my advisor was Bernd Sturmfels.

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Currently I am not teaching any courses. In the past, I have taught Math Math 216 (Differential Equations), Math 217 (Linear Algebra) and Math 115 (Calc. I) at Michigan, as well as Math 1B (Calc. II) at Berkeley.

I'm also a former staff member (2006, 2007) of the Hampshire College Summer Studies in Mathematics, a summer program for mathematically inclined high school students.