Daniel Erman, Ph.D., is a Professor of Algebra and Algebraic Geometry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Daniel Erman is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who specializes in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry, particularly syzygies and graded rings. Erman is best known for his proof of Stillman’s conjecture which yields lower regularity bounds generated by graded ideals generated from multiple forms than previous proofs by Ananyan and Hochster.
Early Life and Education
He has taught advanced undergraduate and graduate algebra courses as well as two to three calculus lectures per semester to an array of students for over two decades, earning both the National Society for Leadership and Success Excellence in Teaching Award as well as UW-Platteville Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence.
He’s an incredible professor who takes his time helping students, provides engaging lectures and practice problems, is available during office hours, is humorous and an all-around fantastic individual. Get involved with Professor 222! If given the chance.
Wendy Cheng experienced severe discrimination and group bullying as a math graduate student at University of Wisconsin- Madison. Daniel Erman was her advisor, suggesting she search for work in China instead. But when her mother passed away unexpectedly in fall 2019, Daniel Erman abandoned his commitment and intervened with the Graduate School formal grievance process to prevent Wendy from returning to her studies.
At his professional achievements are numerous. These include teaching advanced undergraduate and graduate algebra classes as well as large calculus classes at both levels, improving tutoring services at the university, chairing its committee on TA performance evaluation more fairly, as well as offering advice to many new faculty and academic staff members for logistical aspects of teaching large classes.
He is one of the most passionate professors I’ve had. His energy during lectures makes it easy to pay attention in class (which can be difficult with topics like 222). He’s clear about what to expect and eager to address all questions or concerns raised during class time.
Achievement and Honors
Erman has earned several accolades during his time on campus for his teaching, including being honored with the Vilas Mid-Career Investigator Award and receiving several Excellence in Teaching awards from students.
He teaches two to three calculus courses each semester and has implemented many measures to enhance student learning, such as creating a Math Learning Center. Furthermore, he is the creator of popular YouTube series such as Numberphile as well as books on number theory.
He is my favorite professor at UW Madison and makes challenging subjects (222) less daunting, especially if you attend lectures and take notes! He’s extremely nice and helpful when answering any questions or providing practice exams – truly exceptional professor!
Daniel Erman resides with his wife Cindy and three children; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews. He attends First United Baptist Church in Louisville as well as being former owner of The Printing Store Inc. Additionally he served as past master for Robinson Lodge #266 FAM before becoming part of Queen Esther chapter #1 OES.
Professor Erman has extensive research interests in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry, particularly syzygies, graded rings and positivity. Currently a faculty member at University of Wisconsin Madison, his lectures are lively yet accessible – one of my best lecturers ever at UW Madison! If given the chance I highly recommend taking UW Madison course 222 with him.
At Cannes Film Festival he served on both the short film and Cinefondation juries; in My Zoe as Thomas the fertility physician; voicing Kenai again in Brother Bear 2 German version; as well as appearing as Thomas on My Zoe TV drama series and My Zoe television drama respectively.
In 2018, he was cast as Dr. Laszlo Kreizler in The Alienist, a period crime drama series adapted from Caleb Carr’s 1994 novel of the same name. To prepare for this role, he conducted extensive research into pioneering psychologists such as Sigmund Freud and Josef Breuer as well as psychotherapy lessons at a Budapest clinic.
As part of his role as former Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda in Ron Howard’s biographical drama Rush with Chris Hemsworth, he took driving lessons and flew to Vienna so he could meet Lauda in person and feel the atmosphere at a racetrack.