Sebastian Hurtado Salazar
Sebastian was born in Bogota, Colombia and lived in many places around Colombia before enrolling at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia for his undergraduate studies. If he had not been fortunate enough to try mathematics as a major, he probably would have become an engineer. His personal experiences from attending public schools have given him a strong understanding of the great difficulties low-income students must face in order to earn a degree and become scientists. Sebastian went to Berkeley for his Ph.D. and was a postdoc at Jussieu and the University of Chicago. He will work as an assistant professor for the next 3 years at the University of Chicago.
Sebastian's research is in the intersection of Geometry and Dynamical Systems. His work has focused on understanding group actions on manifolds, which is the study of subgroups of homeomorphisms of manifolds, mainly subgroups of Lie groups.