Dr. Tin-Yau Tam

( University of Nevada, Reno )


(775) 682-7175
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: mathematics and statistics
  • Research Fields: Matrix Analysis, Lie Group, Numerical Range
  • Disciplines: Algebra and Number Theory, Analysis and Functional Analysis, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Location:Carson City
  • Funding:NSF - National Science Foundation, UNR - University of Nevada, Reno


Dr. Tam has mentored two students for undergraduate research at UNR. He also mentored many graduate students at Auburn University and UNR. He has graduated 10 Ph.D. students.


Professor Tin-Yau Tam received his B.Sc. in 1982 and Ph.D. (Mathematics) in 1986, both from the University of Hong Kong in 1986. He currently serves as the Department Mathematics and Statistics Chair & Professor, and Seneca C. and Mary B. Weeks Chair of Mathematics at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He was selected as Lloyd and Sandra Nix Endowed Professor (2012-2015) at Auburn University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics Chair (2012-2018), Director of Assessment and Planning (2000-2012) for the College of Sciences and Mathematics (2020-2012) before he joined UNR. Tam’s areas of specialization are Matrix Theory, Multilinear Algebra, Numerical Ranges, Differential Geometry, Lie Theory, and their applications. To date, Tam has authored or coauthored about 115 research papers (35 are single-authored papers) and a research monograph Matrix Inequalities and their Extensions to Lie Groups, CRC/Taylor & Francis Group, 2018. He serves on the editorial boards of three peer-reviewed math journals: Linear and Multilinear Algebra, Electronic Linear Algebra, and Special Matrices. He has delivered more than 250 talks and a few of them were keynote lectures and plenary talks. He has organized many international math workshops and conferences. Tam has graduated 10 Ph.D. students. He served on the Board of Director (2009-2013) and the Advisory Committee (2020-2022) of the International Linear Algebra Society. He currently serves on the Scientific Committee of the International Research Center on Tensor and Matrix Theory at Shanghai University (since 2016) and the Board of Governors of Pacific Journal of Mathematics (since 2021).