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Donatella Danielli

School Director and Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1804

Donatella Danielli is a professor of Mathematics and the director of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU). She leads the many tenure-track faculty, instructors, and lecturers that teach mathematics to over 23,000 students annually across many disciplines. She oversees degree and research programs in theoretical mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics education, statistics and data science, as well as actuarial science. Danielli is committed to promoting excellence in the research and teaching functions of the School, and to creating a more equitable and inclusive academic environment for students, faculty and staff. Prior to joining ASU in January 2021, Danielli was a professor of Mathematics at Purdue University. She received her doctorate in mathematics from Purdue in 1999.
Danielli was named 2020 Purdue Extraordinary Faculty Instructor for Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Engineering, 2020 Fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics, 2018-19 Fellow of the Big Ten Academic Alliance Academic Leaders Program, 2018 Purdue Book of Great Teachers inductee, 2017 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, 2014 Simons Foundation Fellow in Mathematics. Her research has been partially supported by several NSF grants, including an NSF CAREER Award in 2003. She currently serves as co-editor-in-chief of La Matematica, Official Journal of the Association for Women in Mathematics.
Her research focuses on the study of analytic and geometric properties of partial differential equations and variational inequalities. More specifically, recently she has been interested in lower dimensional obstacle problems and free boundary problems arising in the theory of flame propagation.


PhD, Mathematics, Purdue University, 1999
Laurea cum Laude, University of Bologna, 1989