Faculty, Professor

Vern Paulsen

Vern Paulsen received his PhD in Mathematics from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1977. He spent two years at the University of Kansas before moving to the University of Houston. In 1996, he became a John and Rebecca Moores Professor in the Department of Mathematics.

He has written four graduate level texts in mathematics, published over 100 research articles, and won several teaching awards. His mathematical research includes quantum information theory and he has been involved in Quantum Information Technology (QIT) programmes at Sweden's Mittag-Leffler Institute and Cambridge's Isaac Newton Institute.

He moved to the University of Waterloo in July 2015 as a faculty member in the Faculty of Mathematics and as a member of the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC).

Research expertise

  • Operator Theory
  • Operator Algebras
  • Frame Theory
  • C*-Algebras
  • Quantum Information Theory


  • BA, Mathematics, Western Michigan University's Honors College, 1973
  • PhD, Mathematics, University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, 1977

Awards & Honors

  • John and Rebecca Moores Professor, 1996-Present
  • University of Houston Faculty Recognition Award, 2014
  • University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award, 2008
  • Distinguished Alumni Award for Mathematics, Western Michigan University, 2007
  • ΦBK Membership: Selected for Retroactive Membership when WMU Chapter Initiated, 2007
  • College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Teaching Excellence Award, 1997
  • University of Houston Research Excellence Award, 1988

Major Positions

Title Location When
Professor Institute for Quantum Computing and Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo 2015-Present
John and Rebecca Moores Professor University of Houston 1996-2015
Professor University of Houston 1987-2015
Visiting Fellow Isaac Newton Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge 2013
Director of Graduate Studies Mathematics, University of Houston 1998-2000
Visiting Associate Professor University of Indiana 1985-1986
Associate Professor University of Houston 1983-1987
Visiting Assistant Professor SUNY at Stony Brook 1983
Assistant Professor University of Houston 1979-1983
Instructor University of Kansas 1977-1979
University of Waterloo
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