Peter Mucha is the Jack Byrne Distinguished Professor in Mathematics at Dartmouth College. Born in Texas and raised in Minnesota, Mucha attended college at Cornell University where he majored in Engineering Physics. After a Churchill Scholarship studying in the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge with an M.Phil. in Physics, he returned to the States to study Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton, earning M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Following a postdoctoral instructorship in applied mathematics at MIT and assistant professorship in Mathematics at Georgia Tech, he moved to UNC-Chapel Hill for 16 years, where he served as chair of the Department of Mathematics, the founding chair of the Department of Applied Physical Sciences, and the Director of the Chairs Leadership Program at the Institute for the Arts & Humanities.
networks, community detection, network dynamics
Mucha’s research includes a variety of topics in the mathematics of networks, including network representations of data, community detection, and modeling dynamics on and of networks. His group’s activities are fundamentally interdisciplinary, applying tools of network analysis and data science in collaborations across the mathematical, physical, life, and social sciences.