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Personal Profile of Dr. Sun-Yung Alice Chang


Alice Chang was born in Xi’an, China. She grew up in Taiwan and received her bachelor degree at the National Taiwan University in 1970. She moved to the US and received her PhD degree in mathematics at the University of California in 1974.

Since then, she has taught at various universities in the US, including UCLA (1981–1998) and UC Berkeley (1989–1991). She became a Professor in Mathematics at Princeton University in 1999. She is a recipient of Sloan Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow and was a plenary talk speaker at the International Congress of Mathematics at Beijing, 2002, Noether lecture at Rio, Brazil in 2018. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science in 2008, and (US) National Academy of Science in 2009.

In her thesis and early stage of her career, her research concentrates on problems in classical harmonic analysis. In recent years, her research interests are in geometric analysis and conformal geometry. She is involved in a project applying PDE methods to classify a class of manifolds of dimension four via conformal invariants.

Current/Future Committee Membership
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Past Committee Membership
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Board of Trustees Mar 06, 2010 Feb 28, 2014
Committee of Academic Sponsors Representative May 01, 2010 May 01, 2014
Scientific Advisory Committee Apr 01, 1999 Apr 01, 2003
  1. Workshop Kähler Geometry, Einstein Metrics, and Generalizations

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    Mar 23, 2016
    09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
      Compactness of conformally compact Einstein manifolds in dimension 4
    Sun-Yung Chang (Princeton University)
  2. Workshop Connections for Women on Optimal Transport: Geometry and Dynamics

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    Aug 22, 2013
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      Higher order isoperimetric inequalities - an approach via the method of optimal transport
    Sun-Yung Chang (Princeton University)
    04:30 PM - 05:30 PM
      Panel Discussion
    Andrea Bertozzi (University of California, Los Angeles), Sun-Yung Chang (Princeton University), Marina Chugunova (Claremont Graduate University), Eleonora Cinti (Università di Bologna), Wilfrid Gangbo (University of California, Los Angeles), Maria Westdickenberg (RWTH Aachen)
  3. Workshop MSRI Workshop for Women in Mathematics: An Introduction to Elliptic Partial Differential Equations

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    Aug 11, 2005
    10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
      Women in Mathematics: Elliptic PDE Problems in Geometry-I
    Sun-Yung Chang (Princeton University)
    02:30 PM - 03:45 PM
      Women in Mathematics: Elliptic PDE Problems in Geometry-II
    Sun-Yung Chang (Princeton University)
    Aug 12, 2005
    04:15 PM - 05:30 PM
      Women in Mathematics: Elliptic PDE Problems in Geometry-III
    Sun-Yung Chang (Princeton University)