Prof. Kristin Lauter

Kristin Estella Lauter is an American mathematician and cryptographer whose research areas are number theory, algebraic geometry, and applications to cryptography. She is particularly known for her work on homomorphic encryption, elliptic curve cryptography, and for introducing supersingular isogeny graphs as a hard problem into cryptography. She is a Principal Researcher and Research Manager of the Cryptography Group at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington. She served as President of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 2015 –2017.  She has published more than 100 papers and holds more than 50 patents.

Lauter received her BA, MS, and Ph.D degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, in 1990, 1991, and 1996, respectively. Prior to joining Microsoft, she held positions as a visiting scholar at Max Planck Institut fur Mathematik in Bonn, Germany (1997), T.H. Hildebrandt Research Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan (1996-1999), and a visiting researcher at Institut de Mathematiques Luminy in France (1999).

She is a co-founder of the Women in Numbers Network, a research collaboration community for women in number theory, and she is the lead PI for the AWM NSF Advance Grant (2015-2020) to create and sustain research networks for women in all areas of mathematics. She serves on the Advisory Board[6] of the Banff International Research Station and has served on the Council[7] of the American Mathematical Society (2014-2017).

In 2008 Lauter and her coauthors were awarded the Selfridge Prize at ANTS VIII.  She was elected to the 2015 Class of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to arithmetic geometry and cryptography as well as service to the community."  In 2017, she was selected as a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the inaugural class.  Lauter is the 2018-2020 Polya Lecturer for the Mathematical Association of America.

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