Profiles

Biographies below are unauthorized.  We intend to create profiles of mathematicians who are related to the journal and somewhat have contributed to its success.

Mathematics in communist Albania

Mathematics in Albania started mostly with the establishment of the Faculty of Sciences in Tirana, after World War II, even though there had been Albanian mathematicians trained abroad before that.

The communist government tried to establish the Department of Mathematics at the University of Tirana as a research department, however its efforts were hampered because it selected only people who were favored by the communist party and left out a large proportion of the population branded as "kulaks", "the enemy of the working class", etc.  Only very few mathematicians close to the communist government were able to go abroad during the period 1960-1990. They produced very little in terms of research.  The Department of Mathematics at the University of Tirana never became a research department and its efforts mostly were focused on training teachers of mathematics for middle schools and high schools.  

After the fall of communism many young people went to study mathematics abroad, mostly in Western Europe and North America. Currently there are many Albanians who hold academic positions in research universities in mathematics, applied mathematics, or statistics.  

Tony Shaska


Tony Shaska
PhD: University of Florida (2001)

Born in Vlora (Albania) his family was sent to Kocul (a village of Vlora) by the communist government when he was a little kid.  Graduated from "Gjimnazi Halim Xhelo" in Vlora, in 1985. During his senior year in high school won the first place in the mathematical olympiad in the city of Vlora, but was not allowed to represent the city in the national olympiad because his family was considered 'kulaks' by the communists. During the years 1988-89 did the mandatory service in the Albanian army.

In the Fall 1990, was allowed to attend the University of Tirana as a student veterinary but changed to mathematics. In March 1991, after the university was closed due to the unrest against the communists he left the country and fled to Italy.

After spending a few months in Italy, he went to the USA and in Jan. 1992 enrolled at the University of Michigan. Graduated from the University of Michigan in December 1994, majoring in mathematics and computer science. After working for about a year in the industry, enrolled at the PhD program at the University of Florida in September 1996. Received a PhD in Spring 2001, working under the direction of Helmut Völklein and John Thompson.

After his degree, he held a postdoctorate position at the University of California at Irvine (2001-2003) and a tenure track position at the University of Idaho (2003-2005), until he moved to Oakland University in 2005 where he continues to this day.

His research combines questions of moduli spaces of algebraic curves, computational algebraic geometry, interactions of group theory and algebraic geometry, Galois theory, arithmetic geometry, and applications of these areas in cryptography and coding theory.

Prof. Shaska founded the Albanian Journal of Mathematics in 2007, has been the PI for two NATO Advanced Study Institutes (2008, 2014), and organized many other conferences receiving support from NSF, NSA and other agencies.  
 

 

Giacomo Albanese



Giacomo Albanese
July 11, 1890 - June 8, 1948
PhD: Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa 1913
Advisor: E. Bertini

Giacomo Albanese was an Italian mathematician from the Albanian community in Italy. Albanese was a student of Bertini at Pisa. Albanese's research involved examining curves on algebraic surfaces and the genus of an algebraic variety.

He considered the problem of resolution of singularities, a major problem in algebraic geometry, and produced some elegant results. He pioneered investigations related to the Riemann-Roch problem and studied the rational equivalence of 0-cycles on surfaces. His name is remembered today for Albanese varieties used as a standard tool in aHe considered the problem of resolution of singularities, a major problem in algebraic geometry, and produced some elegant results. He pioneered investigations related to the Riemann-Roch problem and studied the rational equivalence of 0-cycles on surfaces. His name is remembered today for Albanese varieties used as a standard tool in algebraic geometry.

Mirela Çiperiani


Mirela Çiperiani
PhD: Princeton University (2006)


Mirela was born in Shkodra (Albania) where she finished high school. While in high school she participated twice in the International Olympiad of Mathematics.

Mirela continued her studies in Mathematics at Smith College and then graduate school at Princeton University. She graduated in 2006 from Princeton University under the direction of Andrew Wiles.  Her thesis was on thesis was on "Solvable points on genus one curves".

During 2006-2009, Mirela held a post-doctorate position at Columbia University.  Since 2009, she has a tenured position at University of Texas. 

Artur Elezi


Artur Elezi
PhD Mathematics,
Oklahoma State University, (1999)

Artur grew up in the city of Elbasan (Albania) where he graduated from high school. He enrolled at the University of Tirana in Mathematics in 1984. He graduated from the University of Tirana in 1989, from the "special" 5-year program. In 1992 he enrolled at the Oklahoma State University and graduate with a PhD in 1999 under the direction of Sheldon Katz. 

A. Elezi has held academic positions at Stanford University and Brigham Young University. Currently he is at American University in  Washington DC.

Mainly interested in mathematics aspects of high energy physics, algebraic geometry,  and coding theory. He is one of the founders and past president of Albanian-American Academy, a not-for-profit educational and cultural organization foe the Albanian community of Washington DC Metro area.