Name: Vyjayanthi Chari
Title: Professor of Mathematics
Please share with us a brief description of your research.
I work in the representation theory of Lie algebras of various kinds. The study of these is motivated by trying to understand symmetries in an algebraic and mathematical way.
How do you hope your research will impact our local, national, and/or global communities?
My research is in pure mathematics. It has allowed me to support a large number of Ph.D. students. These students are now pursuing careers in academia and industry, many of them are in Southern California. They are making a huge difference in the way mathematics is taught in the community by focusing on a rigorous and conceptual understanding of abstract ideas.
What inspires you?
At this stage of my life, it is working with young people and helping them launch their research careers.
Who are the instrumental women in your life and why?
My grandmother, mother and my high school math teacher. They did not always have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. But between them, they encouraged me to pursue mine, and taught me to be confident, ambitious and to strive for excellence.