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. 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. I am supported by NSF grant DMS-1606350.

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:
Mighty LVIII (Grand Valley State, October 6-7)
MIT Combinatorics Seminar (October 20)
VCU Discrete Mathematics Seminar (October 26)
US Naval Academy Combinatorics, Algebra, and Topology Seminar (November 9)
Joint Math Meetings (San Diego, January 10-13)
AMS Spring Eastern Sectional Meeting (Northeastern University, April 21-22)
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 currently teaching 21-301: Combinatorics. Here is the course website; it will be regularly updated so please check it frequently. Lectures are 12:30-1:20 pm in Hamerschlag Hall B103. My office hours are Tuesday from 2-4 pm and by appointment. 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, Zhanar Berikkyzy, Bob Chen, Sebi Cioaba, Jay Cummings, Jess De Silva, Manuel Fernández, Mike Ferrara, Wei Gao, Kristin Heysse, Leslie Hogben, Dan Johnston, Franklin Kenter, Jeong Han Kim, Jephian Lin, Sarah Loeb, Po-Shen Loh, Theo Molla, Vlado Nikiforov, Cory Palmer, Sam Peng, Flo Pfender, Thang Pham, Troy Retter, Alex Schulte, Nicholas Sieger, Heather Smith, Craig Timmons, Josh Tobin, Casey Tompkins, Jacques Verstraëte, Le Anh Vinh, Adam Wagner, Rob Won, Rodrigo Zhou.

Honorable mentions (no papers [yet!]): Boris Bukh, Steve Butler, Fan Chung, Asaf Ferber, Paul Horn, Felix Lazebnik, Humberto Naves, Sankeerth Rao, John Urschel, Alex Vardy, Jason Williford, Michael Young.