Professor Mohammad M. Akbar

Professor Mohammad M. Akbar is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. He obtained his Ph.D. from the relativity and gravitation group of Stephen Hawking at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, working under the supervision of Professor Gary Gibbons, F.R.S., in 2003. He then briefly worked there as a (post-doctoral) Research Associate from October 2003 to January 2004 before coming to the Pennsylvania State University, USA, to the Institute of Gravitational Physics and Geometry, to work as a Post-Doctoral Scholar from February 2004 to August 2005. Subsequently, he won a Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) Post-Doctoral Fellowship and worked from September 2005 to August 2008 at the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada, where he also was a Sessional Lecturer. Following this, from September 2008 to December 2010, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Casual Lecturer in the Department of Pure Mathematics, University of New South Wales, Australia. He moved to UT Dallas as a Senior Lecturer in January 2011 and became an Assistant Professor in May 2013.

Professor Akbar's research interest is in the broad area of geometry, encompassing, in particular, general relativity, mathematical physics, differential/Riemannian geometry, Ricci flow, and symmetries of differential equations. He has worked in quite a few interesting and topical areas, often crossing the line between pure and applied mathematics. Nonlinearity, symmetry, and exact solutions have been persistent themes in his work and many results have simultaneous mathematical and physical ramifications. In 2009, with Eric Woolgar he found that a large new class of self-similar solutions of Ricci flow (Ricci solitons) can be generated by solving the Einstein equations of general relativity coupled to scalar fields in one less dimension which includes cases where the soliton metric can be written explicitly in closed form. More recently, with Malcolm MacCallum, he found an explicit one-parameter Lie point symmetry of the vacuum Einstein equations with two commuting hypersurface-orthogonal Killing vector fields. Professor Akbar has taught a wide range of topics and is interested in innovative pedagogy. He received several awards, including the "University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award”. He is a member of American Mathematical Society and American Physical Society and a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society. He was an organizer for "Mathematical Physics and General Relativity Symposium in Honor of Professor Ivor Robinson”, 7-9 May, 2017 and it "27th Texas Symposium on Relativistic Astrophysics”, 8-13 December, 2013, UT Dallas and acts as a referee for several premier international journals.