Mehtaab Sawhney will receive his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2024, under the supervision of Yufei Zhao.
While still a graduate student, Sawhney has achieved a stunning number of breakthroughs on fundamental problems across extremal combinatorics, probability theory, and theoretical computer science. He is a highly collaborative researcher whose partnership with Ashwin Sah has been particularly fruitful. His remarkable body of work has already transformed swathes of combinatorics. For example, working with Kwan, Sah and Simkin, he proved a 1973 conjecture of Erdős on the existence of high-girth Steiner triple systems; with Keevash and Sah he established the existence of subspace designs; with Jain and Sah he established sharp estimates for the singularity probability in a wide class of discrete random matrices; with Sah and Sahasrabudhe he showed the existence of the spectral distribution of sparse directed Erdős–Rényi graphs; and with Kwan, Sah and Sauermann, he developed highly novel tools in anti-concentration in order to prove the Erdős- McKay conjecture concerning edge statistics in Ramsey graphs.
Mehtaab was appointed as a Clay Research Fellow for a term of five years from 1 July 2024.
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