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2022 Honoree

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Isaac Harris

Isaac Harris

Assistant Professor

Purdue University

Where are you from?

New Jersey


Please describe an experience (or 2) that helped you discover/ cultivate your interest in the mathematical sciences.

As an undergraduate my favorite class was Differential Equation. One of the things that fascinated me about the class was how different areas of mathematics came together to solve interesting problems. Ideas from calculus and linear algebra were no longer to separate entities but part of something bigger. Being able to study different applications of mathematics as a McNair Scholar help me cultivate my interest in mathematics.


What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your career in the mathematical sciences?

Joining Purdue’s Mathematics Department in the Fall 2018 was an exciting prospect where I could join a department with extremely talented mathematicians from many different fields. Also, being invited to give two talks at the Applied Inverse Problems Conference in Grenoble France July 2019.


What is/are your most proud accomplishment(s) in regards to your personal life?

Learning to trust and love myself as well as finally acknowledging that I have the capability to be successful in academia, despite what I’ve been told.


Please share some words of wisdom/inspiration.

Everyone stumbles at some point. In general, failure is not the opposite of success but more often it’s predecessor.