Chun-Kai Kevin Chien

Email: ckchien(at)uw(dot)edu
Office: Padelford C−114
Office Hours: By appointment.

University of Washington
Department of Mathematics
Box 354350
Seattle, WA 98195-4350

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Mathematics at UW, advised by Gunther Uhlmann. In the Fall of 2021, I was in residence at IPAM.

Previously, I received my A.B. in Mathematics from Princeton, under the supervision of Paul C. Yang.


My interests lie in geometric analysis, specifically geometric inverse problems.


I have run reading courses via the Washington Directed Reading Program; previous topics covered Fourier analysis and calculus of variations. If you have a topic you'd like to learn more about, please contact me!

For AY 2020-2021, I was also the graduate student mentor for the Washington Experimental Math Lab project on inelastic billiards.


I was the instructor for:

Math 224 (Advanced Multivariable Calculus), Summer 2019-2022/Fall 2020/Winter 2022/Spring 2020-2022.

I was a TA for:

Math 544 (Topological Manifolds), Fall 2019;
Math 207 (Introduction to Differential Equations), Winter 2021;
Math 126 (Calculus III), Summer 2018/Spring 2019;
Math 125 (Calculus II), Fall 2017/Winter 2018-2020;
Math 111 (Algebra w. Applications), Fall 2018.


Away from math, I am an active classical pianist and completed the Program in Music Performance at Princeton in 2017.
Some of my solo and chamber music playing can be found on YouTube and Soundcloud.

Updated November 2022.