Dr. Donald G. Saari is Distinguished Professor of Economics and Mathematics and the Director of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan Technological University and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.
Before joining the faculty at UCI, Dr. Saari spent three decades teaching at Northwestern University, where he became the first Pancoe Professor of Mathematics.
Professor Saari's early research focused on dynamical issues such as the evolution of the universe, but his interests later broadened into the social sciences. As a result, he also became a member of Northwestern's Department of Economics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Engineering Science, and the Center for Mathematical Studies in Economics.
Professor Saari was twice named "Most Influential Professor" by students at Northwestern University, among his many other teaching awards. He is also the recipient of honorary doctorates from several prestigious universities, including Purdue.
Dr. Saari was Chief Editor of the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, and he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also been a Guggenheim Fellow and the chair of the U.S. National Committee of Mathematics.