In September 2006 Professor Cheri Shakiban joined the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota as associate director for a two-year term. Dr. Shakiban succeeds Debra Lewis, who is completing a two-year term of service at the IMA and returning to the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she is professor of mathematics.
Cheri Shakiban is a professor of mathematics at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she served as department chair from 1996 through 2004. Her recent research is mostly in the area of computer vision, in which she studies the detection of symmetries, visual tracking, and the reconstruction of occlusions in space curves, with applications to the description of supercoiled DNA molecules. At St. Thomas she has been very active with the support and mentoring of undergraduate research.