IMA New Directions Research Professorships provided an extraordinary opportunity for established mathematicians—typically mid-career faculty at US universities—to branch into new directions and increase the impact of their research by spending an academic year immersed in the thematic program at the IMA, where they learned new mathematics and applications, connected their research with important problems, and established new contacts and collaborations.

Expected outcomes included a research program influenced by the participation in the IMA program year and curricular material on topics of the IMA program appropriate for public dissemination. Research professors enjoyed an excellent research environment and stimulating scientific program. New Directions participants were expected to reside at the IMA and actively participate in the IMA Annual Program.

The New Directions Program for Research Professorships has been discontinued following the 2015-2016 academic year.

### Current and Past New Directions Professors

2015-2016 | ||
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Juan C. Cockburn | Engineering | Rochester Institute of Technology |

2013-2014 | ||

Gregory Bell | Mathematics | University of North Carolina, Greensboro |

Irina Kogan | Mathematics | North Carolina State University |

2012-2013 | ||

Enrique Thomann | Mathematics | Oregon State University |

Xiaobing Feng | Mathematics | University of Tennessee, Knoxville |

2011-2012 | ||

Isabel Darcy | Mathematics | University of Iowa |

Wenbo Li | Mathematics | University of Delaware |

2010-2011 | ||

Alexander Alekseenko | Mathematics | California State University Northridge |

Li-Yeng Sung | Mathematics | Lousiana State University |

2009-2010 | ||

Chad Michael Topaz | Mathematics/Computer Science | Macalester College |

Changyou Wang | Mathematics | University of Kentucky |

2008-2009 | ||

Mathematics | University of Florida | |

Alexander Izzo | Mathematics and Statistics | Bowling Green State University |

2007-2008 | ||

Tiefeng Jiang | Statistics | University of Minnesota |

Debra Jane Knisley | Mathematics | East Tennessee State University |

Zhijun Wu | Mathematics | Iowa State |

2006-2007 | ||

Farhad Jafari | Mathematics | University of Wyoming |

Uwe Nagel | Mathematics | University of Kentucky |

2005-2006 | ||

Steven Damelin | Mathematics | Georgia Southern University |

Changfeng Gui | Mathematics | University of Connecticut |

2004-2005 | ||

Shi Jin | Mathematics | University of Wisconsin - Madison |

Zhi-Qiang Wang | Mathematics & Statistics | Utah State University |

Baisheng Yan | Mathematics | Michigan State University |

2003-2004 | ||

Shmuel Friedland | Mathematics | University of Illinois - Chicago |

Yuhong Yang | Statistics | Iowa State University |