Office of the Provost


August 25, 2010

Dear Colleagues:

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Juan Manfredi, Professor of Mathematics and Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, has accepted my offer to become the University of Pittsburgh’s Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies, effective September 2010.

Dr. Manfredi earned his Licenciado en Ciencias Matemáticas, the equivalent of a bachelor of sciences degree in mathematics, at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain and his masters and PhD in Mathematics at Washington University in St. Louis. In 1989, Dr. Manfredi joined the University of Pittsburgh as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics; he was promoted to professor in 1998.

Dr. Manfredi has had a distinguished career as a scholar, teacher, and administrator. His research focuses on non-linear partial differential equations, non-linear potential theory, and, more recently, their stochastic games interpretations; he has an extensive publication history, as well as strong research support from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Manfredi has served as a colloquium lecturer or invited speaker at universities and conferences around the world. Most recently, he was an invited speaker on the evolution of interfaces in Sapporo, Japan, and at a partial differential equations conference in Parma, Italy.

Deeply engaged in undergraduate education throughout his career at the University, Dr. Manfredi is recognized for his innovative work on the teaching of undergraduate calculus. He has served as mentor to undergraduate student researchers, and has received the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

In addition to his scholarly and instructional activities, Dr. Manfredi has a strong record of administrative experience as Chair of the Department of Mathematics from 2005 to 2007, as NSF program director, and, currently, as the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, where he has strategically developed the undergraduate advising program and led the assessment of student learning outcomes.

I have great confidence in Dr. Manfredi’s academic and organizational leadership.He shares my strong commitment to student achievement and has the energy and experience to help us continue to build on the University’s existing strengths and priorities in undergraduate education. I very much look forward to working with him.


Patricia E. Beeson

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