Ron Irving

Professor of Mathematics
Department of Mathematics

Office: Padelford C-548
Phone: (206) 543-1165


Professor Irving received his undergraduate degree in mathematics and philosophy from Harvard College in 1973 and his Ph.D. in mathematics from M.I.T. in 1977. After three years as an assistant professor at Brandeis University, he joined the faculty of UW in 1980. He spent the 1980-1981 academic year at the University of Chicago and the University of California, San Diego on a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship and the 1987-1988 academic year in Princeton as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study. He has also been a visiting professor at U.C.S.D., a member of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, and a visiting professor at Aarhus University in Denmark.

In 2001, Professor Irving received UW's Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of his work from 1996 to 2001 teaching courses in the undergraduate mathematics degree program for future secondary teachers. He is co-founder and executive director of the Summer Institute for Mathematics at UW, a program that each summer since 2003 has introduced twenty-four talented high school students from the northwest to the beauty of advanced mathematics. He served as chair of the Department of Mathematics from July 2001 to June 2002.

In July 2002, Professor Irving became Divisional Dean of Natural Sciences. As divisional dean, he oversaw eleven departments in the mathematical, physical, and life sciences. In late June of 2006, he became Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a position he held through March 2008. He is now keeping busy back in the Math department.