Vu Ha Van is currently the Scientific Director of Vingroup Big data Institute and Professor of Mathematics at Yale University.
Prof. Vu Ha Van was born on June 12, 1970 in Hanoi. He attended Chu Van An and Hanoi – Amsterdam High School for the Gifted. After that, Vu Ha Van was offered a scholarship to study in Hungary. In 1994, he graduated at the Eötvös University, Budapest then received his Ph.D. at Yale University in 1998 under the direction of László Lovász (another Pólya prize winner). Vu Ha Van worked as a postdoc at IAS and Microsoft Research from 1998 to 2001. He joined the University of California, San Diego as an assistant professor in 2001 and was promoted to full professor in 2005. In Fall 2005, he moved to Rutgers University and stayed there until he joined Yale in Fall 2011. Prof. Vu Ha Van was a member at IAS on three occasions (1998, 2005, 2007), the last time (2007) as the leader of the special program Arithmetic Combinatorics.
In terms of honors, in 2002, Vu Ha Van won the Sloan fellowship and NSF Career Award for young scientists in the US. He was an Erdős Lecturer at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2007 and awarded the Pólya Prize of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics for his work on concentration of measure. In 2012, Prof. Vu Ha Van was awarded the Fulkerson Prize (jointly with Anders Johansson and Jeff Kahn) for determining the threshold of edge density above which a random graph can be covered by disjoint copies of a given smaller graph. Also in 2012, he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. Prof. Vu Ha Van became the fellow of Institute of Mathematical Statistics 2020.