**Yin Tian** *
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
*Doctor of Philosophy, Mathematics

Faculty Advisor: Ko Honda

Yin’s research centers on low-dimensional topology, representation theory and mathematical physics. In particular, his work focuses on the interaction between “categorification” and quantum physics. The practical application of “categorification” is to give improved invariants of knots, a concept intricately related to quantum computing. In the fall, Yin will begin a three-year position as a Research Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Stony Brook University. The position will allow him to interact with mathematicians and physicists and to explore questions of common interest.

Congratulations, Yin!