Monash Professor New Incoming President of The Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS)

The AustMS welcomes its new members of Council, and is particularly pleased to announce its new Incoming President, Professor Jessica Purcell, and Vice-President, Professor Aidan Sims.

Jessica Purcell: I am a Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematics at Monash University. I am also Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Science at Monash University. I was Chair of WIMSIG from 2019 to 2020, and I’m currently finishing up my term as Immediate Past Chair of WIMSIG. My research is in geometry and topology. In research, I work on problems in the overlap of hyperbolic geometry, 3-manifolds, and knot theory. I obtained my PhD in Mathematics from Stanford University, and held positions in the US (a postdoc at University of Texas at Austin, a continuing position at Brigham Young University) and the UK (postdoc at Oxford University). A sabbatical at the University of Melbourne in 2014 helped convince me to move to Australia long term, and I joined Monash in 2015. I seek to make mathematics open and welcoming, and I want to see the support and opportunities to ensure its healthy future.

Aidan Sims: I’m Aidan Sims, currently in the School of Maths and Applied Stats at the University of Wollongong, which stands in Yuin Country. I was born on Anēwan Country (in Armidale), and completed my undergrad degree and PhD (2004) at the University of Newcastle on Awabakal Country. I came to UOW in 2007. My research is focussed on functional analysis and operator algebras, with a few forays into algebra and topology. Personally, I’m especially enthusiastic about promoting equity, diversity and inclusivity in the AustMS and in mathematics more generally.