Xin Zhou

By: Staff,  A&S Communications
Thu, 08/20/2020


Name and title: 

Xin Zhou, Associate Professor, Mathematics

Academic focus: 

Geometric analysis, calculus of variations, general relativity

Current research project: 

I am working on variational theory of minimal surfaces and surfaces of prescribed mean curvature. These surfaces are mathematical models for soap bubbles and boundaries of black holes. I am developing analytical tools to study existence problems and properties of these types of surfaces. 

Previous positions:

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of California Santa Barbara, 2016-2020
  • C. L. E. Moore Instructor, Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013-2016

Academic background:

  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Stanford University, 2013
  • M.S. Mathematics, Peking University, 2008
  • B.S. Physics and mathematics, Tsinghua University, 2006

Last book read: 

"The Shape of a Life: One Mathematician's Search for the Universe's Hidden Geometry" by Shing-Tung Yau and Steve Nadis

In your own time/when not working: 

Watching sports and playing table tennis

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching: 

Topics in Geometry

What most excites you about Cornell: 

The fantastic academic environment, particularly the interaction with brilliant faculty members and students, and the beautiful campus.


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