The Kliakhandler Conference is an annual event, held on the campus of Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI, funded by a generous gift from Igor Kliakhandler. Kliakhandler, a former Michigan Tech mathematics faculty member, established the eponymous fellowship to stimulate research activity in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. A portion of the funding will be used to hold a conference or workshop each year. Each year, a theme is selected for the annual conference.
“The Kliakhandler Fellow program is going to provide an annual boost to our research activities and also give the department a lot of visibility in the mathematical sciences community, I couldn’t be more pleased, both that Igor remembers his time in the department fondly and that he has made this commitment to help us move forward.” — Mark Gockenbach, chair, Mathematical Sciences, Michigan Tech
Kliakhandler received his PhD in Applied Mathematics in 1997 from Tel-Aviv University. He held positions at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Northwestern University before joining the Department of Mathematical Sciences as an assistant professor in 2001. He was promoted to associate professor in 2005 and left the University in 2007 to work in the energy sector in Houston, where he is now involved in trading energy futures.