|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Thesis||The Theory of Commuting Boolean Algebras (1997)|
|Institutions||Texas A&M University, |
New York University,
|Main interests||Algebraic combinatorics|
|Notable works||Combinatorics: The Rota Way|
Education and career
Yan earned a bachelor's degree from Peking University in 1993. She was a student of Gian-Carlo Rota at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned her Ph.D. in 1997 with a dissertation on The Theory of Commuting Boolean Algebras.
After working for two years as a Courant Instructor at New York University, she joined Texas A&M in 1999, with a three-year hiatus as Chern Professor at the Center of Combinatorics, Nankai University, from 2005 to 2008.
With her advisor and Joseph Kung, she is an author of Combinatorics: The Rota Way (Cambridge University Press, 2009). The book provides an exposition of the areas of combinatorics of interest to Rota, unified through an algebraic framework, and lists many open research problems in this area.
- Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2017-11-03
- Catherine Yan at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Reviews of Combinatorics: The Rota Way:
- Mount, John (June 2010), ACM SIGACT News, 41 (2): 14, doi:10.1145/1814370.1814374CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
- Ferrari, Luca (2011), Mathematical Reviews, MR2483561;
- Biggs, Norman (April 2011), Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, 43 (3): 613–614, doi:10.1112/blms/bdr016CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
- Di Bucchianico, Alessandro (2011), "Boekbesprekingen" (PDF), Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde (in Dutch), 5 (12): 148
- Quinn, Jennifer J. (2012), The American Mathematical Monthly, 119 (6): 530, doi:10.4169/amer.math.monthly.119.06.530CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
- Past Fellows, Sloan Foundation, retrieved 2019-09-09
- 2018 Class of the Fellows of the AMS, American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2017-11-03