Michael Tait 

         Michael Tait
mtait at cmu dot edu
Office: Wean Hall 7124


About Me
I am an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. I am mentored by Po-Shen Loh, and my previous advisors were Jacques Verstraete for my PhD and Sebi Cioaba for my MSc. My research is focused on extremal combinatorics broadly, mostly focused on topics in extremal and spectral graph theory, combinatorial number theory, and finite geometry. Generally speaking, I either use algebraic methods to prove combinatorial results or I use combinatorial methods to prove algebraic results. For more information on my research, see my papers (below), my CV, and my research statement. For information on my teaching philosophy, please see my teaching statement and teaching page. I am supported by NSF grant DMS-1606350.

I am the organizer for our ACO Seminar.

Besides mathematics, I spend my time exercising, reading, cooking (and eating!), watching baseball, and playing ball sports (poorly). I grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and attended Concord High School where I participated in basketball, wrestling, cross-country, track and field, and math league. I then ran collegiate track for 4 years and am a University of Delaware record holder in the outdoor 4x800m relay (7:32.89) and the indoor Distance Medley Relay (9:50.12). After that, while in grad school, I competed (not very well) on the UCSD Cycling Team. Currently, I spend time hanging out with the Pittsburgh Hounds.

Upcoming Travel:
Miami University Colloquium (November 20)
Joint Math Meetings (Baltimore, Jan 16-19)
AMS Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting (Auburn University, March 15-17)
ILAS 2019: Linear Algebra without Borders (Rio de Janeiro, July 8-12)
Your seminar?? (I have some grant money for travel: if you are interested in the type of research I do, please invite me to come speak or work on a problem!)

I am the instructor for 21-301: Combinatorics. This class will be hard! (But it will be fun and you will learn a lot of really cool discrete math). We meet MWF in Wean Hall 8220 from 12:30-1:20. This is the course website. See my teaching page for previous courses taught and my teaching statement to see who I am as a teacher. 

Research (categories are approximations!)

Extremal graph theory
Combinatorial number theory
Spectral graph theory
Selected Talks

Mathematicians with whom I have had the pleasure to work
Ghodratollah Aalipour, Aida Abiad, Sinan Aksoy, Zhanar Berikkyzy, Erin Bevilacqua, Boris Bukh, Bob Chen, Fan Chung, Sebi Cioaba, Jay Cummings, Jess De Silva, Sean English, Manuel Fernández, Mike Ferrara, Wei Gao, Daniel Gerbner, Sunny He, Kristin Heysse, Leslie Hogben, Alice Huang, Dan Johnston, Franklin Kenter, Jeong Han Kim, Sam King, Juergen Kritschgau, Jephian Lin, Sarah Loeb, Po-Shen Loh, Abhi Methuku, Theo Molla, Vlado Nikiforov, Cory Palmer, Sam Peng, Flo Pfender, Thang Pham, Troy Retter, Alex Schulte, Xiang Si, Nicholas Sieger, Heather Smith, Suzannah Tebon, Craig Timmons, Josh Tobin, Casey Tompkins, Yunus Tuncbilek, Jacques Verstraëte, Le Anh Vinh, Adam Wagner, Rob Won, Ruifan Yang, Michael Young, Rodrigo Zhou.

Honorable mentions (no papers [yet!]): Jane Breen, Steve Butler, Asaf Ferber, Paul Horn, Felix Lazebnik, Humberto Naves, Sankeerth Rao, John Urschel, Alex Vardy, Jason Williford.