Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005
Dr. Oprea received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from MIT in 2005. Since then he has been a Samuelson Fellow and Szego Assistant Professor at Stanford University. Dr. Oprea's research is in algebraic geometry and its interactions with mathematical physics. Oprea is the author of ten (10) published research articles, and his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Oprea's work focuses on moduli spaces, Gromov-Witten invariants and Donaldson-type invariants. His research involves three main themes, all of which touch on various aspects of moduli spaces, spaces which classify various types of objects in algebraic geometry. His thesis studied moduli spaces of stable maps, a subject which has been popular as a way of explaining certain calculations performed by string theorists. Subsequently, he gave a proof of the "Strange Duality conjecture", which had been unsolved for fifteen years. Oprea is a member of the editorial board of International Mathematical Research Notices. Dr. Oprea is already an accomplished teacher. He has taught a range of courses at Stanford and received MIT's Housman award for Excellence in Teaching. At UCSD, Dr. Oprea will teach lower division calculus courses, upper division courses, and graduate courses in algebraic geometry and differential geometry.
- Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship