José Ramón Madrid Padilla, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics in the College of Science, has been awarded the inaugural 2024-25 Stefan Bergman Fellowship from the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for his work.

"I feel honored to receive the 2024-2025 Stefan Bergman Fellowship, and I am grateful for the support of the AMS and my former mentors. I am looking forward to the opportunity this fellowship will provide," Madrid Padilla said. 

Encouraged to pursue mathematics as a child

Born and raised in Honduras, Madrid Padilla’s parents encouraged an interest in mathematics from an early age.

“This became crucial when in high school, my siblings and I discovered the Honduran Mathematical Olympiad, which took me in a journey that led me to be part of the representation of Honduras at the International Mathematical Olympiad in 2009 and 2010, where I received bronze and silver medals, respectively,” he said. “Thanks to them, I made connections and got the opportunity to study mathematics in Brazil with a scholarship.”

Madrid Padilla received a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a doctorate in mathematics from the Instituto de Matemática Pura e Aplicada under the supervision of Emanuel Carneiro in 2016. He came to Virginia Tech in August.

“The inaugural Stefan Bergman Fellowship is a huge honor that clearly illustrates the high caliber of Madrid Padillo’s research program,” said Sarah Reznikoff, chair of the Department of Mathematics. “We were thrilled that he joined our department this year and are excited about the work he will do with the added support of this award.”

Madrid Padilla’s research focuses on the area of harmonic analysis and its connections to related areas such as number theory, combinatorics, probability, ergodic theory and PDEs. His main interest is in understanding questions regarding extremal oscillatory phenomena, regularity, and optimal constants in the context of functional inequalities and their applications to number and combinatorics. More specifically, he has worked on regularity of maximal operators on Sobolev spaces, discrete analogues in harmonic analysis, Collatz conjecture, decoupling inequalities, optimal constants for classical inequalities in Fourier analysis, Roth type theorems and additive combinatorics.

About the fellowship

The Stefan Bergman Fellowship was established to support the research advancement of an society member who specializes in real analysis, complex analysis, or partial differential equations. The society reallocated the Stefan Bergman Prize endowment to establish the Stefan Bergman Fellowship as its first fellowship specifically for early career mathematicians.

The Bergman Fellowship carries an award of $25,000. Awardees may use the fellowship in any way that most effectively enables their research — for instance, for release time, participation in special research programs, travel support, child care, and more.

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