Welcome!
I studied combinatorics in the Department of Mathematics at Rutgers University, graduating with my Ph.D. in 2016. I am also a strategy board game enthusiast, a culinary adventurer, and tall. I come from the greatest city on earth, New York—specifically the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Coordinates
- email:
- office: Hill Center room 608
- postal address:
Rutgers Department of Mathematics
110 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854
How did I get here?
M.Sc. Applicable Mathematics, London School of Economics, 2010. My masters dissertation under Graham Brightwell, called “Maximal Antichains in Boolean Lattices,” won the Haya Freedman Prize for best dissertation from a student in the program.
A.B. Mathematics, Dartmouth College, 2009. Of particular importance was a reading course in game theory with Peter Winkler. Later I won Dartmouth’s $20,000 James B. Reynolds Scholarship for Foreign Study to fund my time at LSE.
Stuyvesant High School, 2006 (which I mention only out of pride for the first ever high school to have a featured article on wikipedia).
Research
I am interested in combinatorics, specifically extremal combinatorics, and even more specifically probabilistic methods in extremal combinatorics. My adviser was Jeff Kahn.
Secondary interests include recursion theory, set theory/infinitary combinatorics, and game theory.
Through Rutgers’s CCICADA research center I was also involved in some work on applications of combinatorics to homeland security.
On January 31, 2013 I passed my oral qualifying exam (syllabus here) to advance to candidacy for the Ph.D. Here is a rather detailed account of the exam.
Here is an amazing proof of Ramsey's theorem that I presented in a talk at the Rutgers Graduate Combinatorics Seminar in October 2013.
Here are the slides for a talk I gave on game theory at the Rutgers Math Department’s Graduate Student Pizza Seminar in January 2012, which tied for the Pizza Seminar Award recognizing the best talk each semester.
Teaching
Current
I am not teaching this semester.
Past
Spring 16 [TA]: Math 354, Linear Optimization
Summer 15 [instructor]: Math 251, Multivariate Calculus
Summer 14 [instructor]: Math 300, Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
Fall 12 [TA]: Math 152, Calculus II for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Summer 12 [instructor]: Math 251, Multivariate Calculus
Spring 12 [TA]: Math 112, Precalculus II (see also my course website)
Fall 11 [TA]: Math 151, Calculus I for the Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Spring 11 [grader]: Math 421, Advanced Calculus for Engineering
Fall 10 [grader]: Math 421 and Math 428, Graph Theory
Random
- I founded the Rutgers Applied Game Theory Seminar (RAGS), a.k.a. weekly math department board game nights.
- Want even more board games? In the New York area? Check out NerdNYC.
- In my email address, why jabar? This is from a college email address I adopted for myself, when Dartmouth’s email system allowed any user to immediately claim any alias. More to the point, it’s a combination of Jafar and Babar. I think that’s a pretty good summary of my personality.
- I submit that this is the best talk that has ever been given. I find it worth re-watching every few months or so.
- Improv Everywhere is a group that stages “missions” of public, participatory, prank-based performance art throughout New York City. They are brilliant. Here’s their founder speaking at TED.