Assistant Professor of Computational Mathematics

Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
office: Wean Hall 8206
tel: 412-268-3420

e-mail: schaeffer cmu edu


Hayden Schaeffer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at CMU and a faculty member in the Center for Nonlinear Analysis (CNA). Previously, he was an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellow, a von Karmen Instructor at Caltech, a UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Irvine, and a Collegium of University Teaching Fellow at UCLA. His education includes a Ph.D. and Masters in mathematics from UCLA and a B.A. from Cornell University.


Data Sciences

Integrating machine learning, data sciences, and partial differential equations for new methods and solvers.

Sparse Models

Leveraging sparsity and optimization for learning and exploiting data and structure.

Numerical PDE

Developing efficient solvers for nonlinear PDE, evolution equations, and geometric equations.

Imaging Sciences

Utilizing and creating variational models for problems in imaging and information sciences.


Scientific Computing

Solving complex computational problems for applications in science and engineering.

Math Modeling

Constructing models for problems in mathematical, physical, and information sciences.

Multi-Scale Physics

Computing solutions to problems in homogenization, material sciences, and physics.

Data Processing

Analyzing and processing data related to defense, security, crime, sciences, and medicine.

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Undergrad Research

Undergrads interested in summer research in computational math should contact me.