New Faculty Biographies:
Blake Barker (far left) earned his bachelors and masters of science in mathematics at BYU and his PhD in mathematics at Indiana University. His research lies at the intersection of PDEs, numerical analysis, and dynamical systems. Dr. Barker is excited to work with the fantastic students at BYU as well as the great staff and faculty. He feels the mathematics department at BYU provides a unique and wonderful opportunity for scholarship and quality teaching and looks forward to joining of the faculty there. Dr. Barker and his wife, Diana, are the proud parents of two young, lively boys.
Nathan Priddis (left center) received his BS in 2007 and MS in 2009 from BYU. During that time, he also served in the Germany Frankfurt mission. In 2014 he received a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he also received the Karen Rhea Excellence in Teaching award. Dr. Priddis was offered a PostDoc position for two years at the Leibniz University in Hannover, Germany, which he accepted. This year he joins the faculty at BYU. He has been married for ten years and has four children. Apart from mathematics, he enjoys sports, mostly basketball and ultimate frisbee, and the outdoors, especially hiking and camping. He is glad to again be living where there are mountains.
Mark Allen (right center) attended BYU as an undergraduate and received a B.S. in mathematics in 2007. He then attended graduate school at Purdue University where he received his PhD in mathematics in 2013. From 2013-present, he was an NSF postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Allen is married to Tamri Allen, and they have four children. They are excited to move back to BYU and the Provo area. He enjoys outdoor activities and looks forward to living near mountains again.
Curt Kent (far right) earned a BS in mathematics from BYU and a PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 2013. He was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Toronto (2013-2014) and the Courant Institute of Mathematics at New York University (2014-2016). He will begin a tenure-track position at BYU in fall semester. Dr. Kent’s research interests are ow-dimensional topology and geometric group theory. He and his wife JaNae have 5 kids and now live in Springville, UT.