is a leading experimentalist among mathematicians.
He is well-known for his contributions to computational algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, geometric combinatorics, and their applications, notably in statistics, optimization, and the lifesciences. He has authored 11 books and 270 research articles.
Sturmfels received doctoral degrees in 1987 from the University of Washingtonand the Technical University Darmstadt, and an honorary doctorate in 2015from the Goethe University Frankfurt. He joined UC Berkeley in 1995, where he is a Professor of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. In 2017 he moved to the Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig, where he is a director and the head of the Nonlinear Algebra department. He is also affiliated with the Technical University Berlin and Leipzig University. Hishonors include a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship, a Humboldt Senior Research Prize, the SIAM von Neumann Lecturership, and the George David Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics. He is a fellow of AMS and SIAM,and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.
Sturmfels is passionate about promoting outward-looking mathematics and the inclusion of talents from all backgrounds. Among his 60 doctoral students and countless postdocs, many are female. He firmly believes in excellence through diversity, and the axioms laid out by Federico Ardila.