Ruth Haas


Ruth Haas is an American mathematician and professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Previously she was the Achilles Professor of Mathematics at Smith College.[1] She received the M. Gweneth Humphreys Award from the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) in 2015 for her mentorship of women in mathematics.[2][1] Haas was named an inaugural AWM Fellow in 2017.[3] In 2017 she was elected President of the AWM and on February 1, 2019 she assumed that position.[4]

Ruth Haas
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Ruth Haas at AWM Research Symposium, 2019
Alma materSwarthmore College
Cornell University
AwardsM. Gweneth Humphreys Award (2015)
Scientific career
InstitutionsSmith College
University of Hawaii at Manoa
ThesisDimension and Bases for Certain Classes of Splines: A Combinatorial and Homological Approach (1987)
Doctoral advisorLouis Billera


Haas received her Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College, her Master of Science from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1987.[5][6] Prior to becoming a professor at the University of Hawaii, Haas was Achilles Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Smith College.[7]


Ruth Haas was a driving force in the strong and vibrant mathematics community at Smith College, where she taught for many years. At Smith Haas was instrumental in establishing the Center for Women in Mathematics and the highly-successful post-baccalaureate program at Smith. There is a plethora of other academic and community-building initiatives developed and supported by Haas, including a highly effective undergraduate research course, the annual Women In Mathematics In the Northeast (WIMIN) conference, a program for junior visitors, a high school outreach program, and weekly seminars. The AWM honored Ruth Haas’s outstanding achievements in inspiring undergraduate women to discover and pursue their passion for mathematics and eventually becoming mathematicians by awarding her the 2015 M. Gweneth Humphreys Award.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Ruth Haas Honored with Humphreys Award". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Gweneth Humphreys Awards". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  3. ^ "2018 Inaugural Class of AWM Fellows". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  4. ^ "History of the AWM". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Ruth Haas". Smith College. Retrieved January 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "Ruth Haas". Mathematics Genealogy Project. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Smith Bids Farewell to Retiring Faculty Members". Grécourt Gate. Smith College. May 26, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2018.

External linksEdit

  • Official website