Yan X Zhang’s Academic Page


(if you can read that this is Greta’s own poster, you do not need glasses)

This is the academic webpage of Yan Zhang (I publish under Yan X Zhang). I am now an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at San Jose State University. Previously, I was a Morrey Visiting Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley in 2013-2016. I received my Ph. D. in mathematics at MIT under Richard Stanley in June 2013, after a B.A. in mathematics at Harvard University.

  • Research: I do research in a variety of problems related to combinatorics, usually with a classic enumerative / algebraic bent (involving linear algebra and generating functions). Most of my work is interdisciplinary bridge-building, studying discrete mathematical structures that come from other fields such as physics, biology, and social science. For a list of my research (including talks), please see the Research page.
  • SPARC / Teaching / Mentoring: I think a lot about teaching and mentoring, both in and outside the university teaching context. For some thoughts on teaching and a list of my teaching-related activities, please see the Teaching page. My most important project is directing SPARC, a very special summer camp for gifted high schoolers.
  • Industry: I am unhealthily attracted to side projects, such as consulting, mentoring, or generic value-adding in the amazing activity going around the Bay. Past and current activities have involved optimization, writing code, and machine learning.

Recent Updates:

  • (1/2018) I’m teaching Graph Theory (Math 179) at SJSU.
  • (12/2017) Finished working/jamming with people at Brown’s second Adinkras Hangout (with Sylvester Gates, et al).
  • (9/2017) Teaching Combinatorics (Math 142) at SJSU.
  • (9/2017) Back from EuroSPARC, year 2, and SPARC, year 6!
  • (2/2017) Put Convex Neural Codes in Dimension 1 (with Zvi Rosen) on the ArXiV.
  • (1/2017) I’m teaching Discrete Mathematics (Math 42) and Graph Theory (Math 179) at SJSU.

Contact / Misc:

Please send

  • mathematics-related email to yan.x.zhang (snail thing) sjsu.edu, and
  • personal email to yanzhang (snail thing) post.harvard.edu.

In general, I prefer face-to-face meetings. I’m based in San Francisco.

I founded and (very!) occasionally contribute to: Concrete Nonsense, a group blog with some math on it.

For non-academic things, please see my About Me (personal) page.