Case Western Reserve University

Mathematics Department

Stanislaw Szarek

Teaching and Such

Spring 2015


Some other courses I taught at Case in the not-too-distant past

You should direct any questions concerning CWRU Math Competition and the Putnam Competition (which were my charges in some of the past years) to Dr. Contenza

And here are my Fall 2002, Spring 2003, Spring 2006 and Spring 2010 graduate courses taught in Paris.

My Research Interests

My primary field is Functional Analysis, more specifically Geometry of Banach Spaces, Convexity and, particularly, their combinatorial and probabilistic aspects. I am also interested in those aspects of other fields such as, e.g., Operator Theory, Approximation Theory, Mathematical Physics, Computer Science or Operation Research that appeal to convexity and/or exhibit probabilistic or geometric flavor (including, but not limited to, Random Matrices and Quantum Information Theory).

Have a pet problem that could fit there? Drop me a line at szarek at

Here is my CV and selected publications with links to preprints.

Links: Banach Space Bulletin Board (Oklahoma State), Functional Analysis archive at UC Davis,

What's Happening (2006-2007, 2007-2008,...)

I am on a sabbatical leave for 2013-14. In particular, in the fall of 2013 I will be in Cambridge, U.K., participating in the programme Mathematical Challenges in Quantum Information at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences. I will be traveling intermittently in the winter, spring and summer of 2014. I will be in residence at CWRU during 2014-15.

In August 2010, I am on the CWRU campus, back from the Equipe d'Analyse Fonctionnelle at the Université Pierre et Marie CURIE in Paris, France. However, I will be traveling extensively in the fall, participating in the program on Asymptotic Geometric Analysis at the Fields Institute in Toronto and in the semester on Quantum Information Theory at the Institut Mittag-Leffler in Djursholm, Sweden.

Since January 2009 I am Levi Kerr Professor of Mathematics.

Since June 2007 I have been involved in the NSF Focused Research Group project: Fourier analytic and probabilistic methods in geometric functional analysis and convexity. In addition to CWRU, the FRG project involves Kent State University, University of Michigan and University of Missouri. The project provides numerous research opportunities, particularly for graduate students and postdocs. A major FRG-related event was an international conference on "Perspectives in High Dimensions," which took place in Cleveland from August 1 to August 7, 2010. [The project ended on May 31, 2012.]

In August 2006 I took part in the International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid, Spain. Here are the slides from my lecture on Convexity, Complexity, and High Dimensions.

Earlier in 2006, I was involved in the trimester on Phenomena in High Dimensions at the Institut Henri Poincare, where I taught this course. And here is another event at IHP in 2007.

Other Interests

Other than that, I like travel, sailing (Navigare Necesse Est, CNIF), diving, skiing, tennis, table tennis, bridge ...

And here are my daughters, Martina and Natalie (as seen by an Ukrainian artist in Kraków in 1997) and Emily (testing a certain body of water in 2005).

Last updated January 12, 2015

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