Competition: US & Canada
Tatiana Toro is a mathematician working at the interface of geometric measure theory, harmonic analysis and partial differential equations. The cross-pollenization between these three areas has been one of the pillars of her research. Her work focuses on understanding mathematical questions that arise in an environment where the known data is very rough. In particular she studies the properties of interfaces arising in “noisy” minimization problems. The main premise of her work is that under the right lens, objects, which at first glance might appear to be very irregular, do exhibit quantifiable regular characteristics.
Toro, who was born in Colombia, received her Ph. D. from Stanford University. Currently she is the Robert R. & Elaine F. Phelps Professor in Mathematics at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her prior awards include a Simons Foundation Fellowship, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
Recently she has been involved in efforts to promote diversity in the mathematical sciences. In the Spring of 2015 she co-organized the first Latinos in the Mathematical Sciences (Lat@math) conference at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA.