Aloysius Helminck started his new role as dean of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Natural Sciences effective December 1, 2016.
Helminck comes to UH Mānoa from North Carolina State University, where he formerly served as head of the Department of Mathematics. Under his leadership the department won prestigious national awards, doubled its federal research funding and improved by many measures.
With the goal of increasing the number of minority faculty at research universities, Helminck created a postdoctoral program, the National Alliance for Building Faculty Diversity in the Mathematical Sciences. The program affords talented new PhDs the opportunity for a research postdoc at one of seven universities and time at any of the National Science Foundation Mathematical Institutes. His professional interests include algebraic groups, symmetric spaces, representation theory, symbolic computation and integrable systems.
Helminck received the American Mathematical Society 2016 Award for Distinguished Public Service for his public-spirited leadership of the Department of Mathematics at North Carolina State University, and for his work, both in his department and at the national level, to increase the diversity of the mathematical research community. He has also chaired or served on multiple committees of various national mathematics professional societies.
Helminck earned his PhD in mathematics, his master’s degree in mathematics and physics, and his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Utrecht.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Helminck to our Mānoa ‘ohana,” said UH Mānoa Inteirm Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Michael Bruno. “I look forward to our work together as we expand the education and research opportunities for our students and faculty across the College of Natural Sciences.”