Steve Halperin

Steve Halperin is Professor of Mathematics and Director of the Climate Information Responding to User Needs (CIRUN) initiative at the University of Maryland (UMD). Previously, he was professor and chair in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Toronto, where he also served as acting Vice President for Research and International Relations. He was the PI and founding program director for Canada’s National Network of Centres of Excellence (MITACS) connecting mathematicians across Canada to industrial users of mathematics.

Dr. Halperin came to Maryland in 1999 as professor of mathematics and dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences (CMPS) and in 2010 integrated the College of Chemical and Life Sciences into CMPS, serving as dean of the combined College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences until August of 2011.

Dr. Halperin has authored five books and over 80 refereed articles in his field of rational homotopy and its applications to other parts of mathematics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Chevallier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques, and a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Mathematical Sciences. He earned his doctorate in mathematics from Cornell University in 1970, and holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in mathematics from the University of Toronto.

A Director of CIRUN he works to develop mechanisms to provide actionable information about environmental change to decision makers. For more information about CIRUN go to the link:

To contact Dr. Halperin please email, call, make an appointment, or write:

Math office: Room 2107 Mathematics Building
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland 20742

Phone: 301-405-8175

CIRUN office: Suite 4069
5825 University Research Court
College Park, Maryland 20740

Phone: 301-405-1412


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