Michael Tait
mtait at math dot ucsd dot edu
Office: APM 6452

I am a fifth year PhD student in the Department of Mathematics at UCSD. I am off the job market; next year I will be an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Carnegie Mellon. My advisor is Jacques Verstraëte. My research interests include problems in extremal graph theory, combinatorial number theory, and finite geometry, and I have also worked on questions in (hyper)graph coloring and covering, spectral graph theory, and applications of graph theory in information and coding theory. My M. Sc. advisor was Sebastian Cioaba and my thesis was titled The Alon-Saks-Seymour and Rank-Coloring Conjectures. My Ph. D. thesis is titled Connections between graph theory, additive combinatorics, and finite incidence geometry. For more information, please see my CV and my research statement.

During the Spring quarter, I am the TA for Math 121B: Foundations of Teaching and Learning Math II with Dr. Stevens. Our sections are Thursdays at 4 pm in APM B412, and my office hours are Tuesdays 10-11 am and Fridays 2-3 pm. I was the instructor for Math 10B during Summer Session I. Click here for the course web page. Please see my teaching page for previous courses taught and my teaching statement to see who I am as a teacher.


Published or to appear

Selected Talks

Mathematicians with whom I have had the pleasure to work
Ghodratollah Aalipour, Aida Abiad, Zhanar Berikkyzy, Bob Chen, Sebi Cioaba, Jay Cummings, Jess De Silva, Wei Gao, Kristin Heysse, Leslie Hogben, Franklin Kenter, Jeong Han Kim, Jephian Lin, Theo Molla, Sam Peng, Flo Pfender, Thang Pham, Troy Retter, Craig Timmons, Josh Tobin, Jacques Verstraëte, Le Anh Vinh.

Honorable mentions (no papers [yet!]): Steve Butler, Fan Chung, Paul Horn, Felix Lazebnik, Po-Shen Loh, Humberto Naves, Alex Vardy, Jason Williford, Rob Won.

About Me
Besides mathematics, some things that I like are running, cycling, going to the batting cages, the soggy bottom boys, reading, and Fränk and Andy Schleck. I grew up in Wilmington, DE and attended Concord High School where I participated in basketball, wrestling, cross-country, track and field, and math league. I then ran collegiate track for 4 years and am a University of Delaware record holder in the outdoor 4x800m relay (7:32.89) and the indoor Distance Medley Relay (9:50.12). My NCAA eligibility being up, I am now pursuing my athletic interests on the UCSD Cycling Team. I did some math along the way as well.