Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

I am a full professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and also an affiliate professor of the Asian Studies program. In September, 2014, I was appointed Distinguished University Professor at UMBC. My area of mathematical research is Numerical Analysis, with a specialization in Finite Element Methods. I also maintain an active interest in mathematics outreach efforts.

In addition to being a mathematician, I am also a novelist. My novels The Death of Vishnu (2001), The Age of Shiva (2008) and The City of Devi (2013) form a trilogy based on the present, past and imagined future of India. My fiction has been translated into 27 foreign languages and has won several honors and awards. In March, 2015, the New York Times appointed me as a contributing opinion writer, in which capacity I have written several pieces on mathematics, India and LGBT issues.

I am currently working on a book that explains mathematics to non-mathematicians, with the working title, "How to build the universe using only numbers."

Experience

  • 1994–present
    Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • 1989–1994
    Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • 1983–1989
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Education

  • 1983 
    Carnegie Mellon University, Ph.D. in Mathematics
  • 1980 
    Carnegie Mellon University, M.S. in Mathematics
  • 1979 
    University of Mumbai, B.S. in Mathematics

Honours

Guggenheim Fellowship, Barnes and Noble Discover Prize, Pen-Faulkner finalist, Elkins Professorship, UMBC Presidential Teaching award