Short Curriculum Vita – Kenneth C. Millett

Department of Mathematics
University of California, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 893 3894
Email: millett-“at”


BS, Mathematics, 1963 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS, Mathematics, 1964 - University of Wisconsin
Ph.D, Mathematics, 1967 - University of Wisconsin

Academic Appointments

1979 - Present Professor: University of California, Santa Barbara
2007 - 2008 Visitor: Institute for Mathematics and it Applications
1984 Member: Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
1985 Visiting Researcher: Laboratoire de Mathematiques Fondamentales Universitie Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
1989, 1995, 2000, 2007 Visiting Professor: Universite de Provence, Marseille
1990 Visiting Professor: LOMI, St Petersburg
1975 - 1979 Associate Professor: University of California, Santa Barbara
1974, 1976, 1987, 1988 Visiting Professor: Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, Bures-sur-Yvette
1969 - 1975 Assistant Professor: University of California, Santa Barbara
1967 - 1969 Instructor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards

1988 Carl B. Allendoerfer Award, Mathematical Association of America
1991 Chauvenet Prize, Mathematical Association of America
1998 Distinguished Public Service, American Mathematical Society
2000 Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
2001 Administrator of the Year, California Science Teacher Association
2006 Giants in Science, QEM/MSE Network

Professional Activities

2006 - Member Board of Governors, MAA
2004 - Member Commission of Human Rights and Social Change, NASULGC
2004-2005 Chair Southern California-Nevada Section, MAA
2003-2004 Vice-Chair Southern California-Nevada Section, MAA
2003-2004 Chair Short Course Subcommittee, AMS
2002-2004 Member Expert Panel on Math Education Portfolio, NSF
1999 - Member Science Policy Committee, MAA
1990-1991 Chair Allendoerfer Award Committee, MAA
1997-2000 Member at Large AAAS, Section A Committee
1997 - Associate Editor Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications
1997-1998 Chair Western Regional Council, College Board
1993-2004 UC Delegate Academic Assembly, College Board
1989-1993 President & Executive Director California Coalition for Mathematics
1986-1986 Chair Research Fellowship Committee, AMS
1974 - Member Board of Governors, Pacific Journal of Mathematics

Parcticipation in Campus Governance

2002-2007 Chair Chancellor’s Outreach Advisory Board, UCSB
1997-2007 Chair Regents Scholarship Policy Committee, UCSB
1994-1997 Chair Advisory Committee, California Mathematics Project, UCSB
1993-1998 Chair Committee on Affirmative Action, UCSB
1980-1981 Chair Academic Senate Assembly, UCSB
1986-1989 Chair Computing, Information Technology & Telecommunications Policy, UCSB

Extramural Support

2002-2005 California Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative UC
2001-2005 Excellence in Undergraduate Mathematics (Fisher, Millett, Rankin) NSF
2005-2008 Chumash Scholars Program Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
2008-2011 Chumash Scholars Program Santa Barbara Foundation


Total number of science research publications: 50

Some publications prior to September 16, 2004.

1. Foliations with all leaves compact, Topology (16) 1977, 13-32. (with Edwards and Sullivan)

2. Leaves without holonomy, J. London Math. Soc. (2) v. 16, 1977, pp. 522-54. (with Epstein and Tischler)

3. The Jones’ reversing result, Pacific Journal of Mathematics, v. 124, 1986, pp. 173-176. (with Lickorish)

4. Some evalulations of link polynomials, Comm. Math. Helv, v. 61, 1986, pp. 349-359. (with Lickorish)

5. A polynomial invariant for nonoriented knots and links, Invent. Math (84) 1986, 563-573. (with Brandt and Lickorish)

6. A polynomial invariant of oriented links, Topology (26) 1987, 107-141. (with Lickorish)

7. Generic properties of proper foliations, Fund. Math. v. 128, 1987, pp. 131-138.

8. Description of the topological entanglements of DNA catenanes and knots by a powerful method involving strand passage and recombination, J. Mol. Biol. (197) 1987, 585-603. (with Cozzarelli and White)

9. The new polynomial invariants of knots and links, Math. Mag. V. 61, 1988, pp. 3-23. (with Lickorish)

10. Knotting of regular polygons in 3-space, Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications, v. 3, 1994, pp. 263-278.

11. Computational algorithms and the complexity of link polynomials, Progress in Knot Theory and Related Topics, 1996, Hermann, Paris, pp. 51-68. (with Ewing)

12. Minimal edge piecewise linear knots, Ideal Knots, World Scientific Press, 1999. (with Calvo)

13. Monte Carlo explorations of polygonal knot space, Knots in Hellas ’98, World Scientific Press, 2000.

14. An investigation of equilateral knot spaces and ideal physical knot configurations, in Physical Knots: knotting, linking and folding geometric objects in R3, Contemp. Math. (304) 2002, Amer. Math. Soc., 77-91.

15. Energy, ropelength, and other physical aspects of equilateral knots, J. Comput. Phys (186) 2003, 426-456. (with Rawdon)

16. Scaling behavior of random knots Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (100) 2003, no. 10, 5611-5615. (with Dobay, Dubochet, Sottas, and Stasiak)

17. The average crossing number of equilateral random polygons, J. Phys. A. (36) 2003, no. 46, 11561-11574. (with Diao, Dobay, Kusner, and Stasiak)

Scholarly Scientific Publications since September 16, 2004

1. Linear random knots and their scaling, Macromolecules, (38) 2005, no. 2, 601-606, (with Dobay and Stasiak)

2. Universal characteristics of polygonal knot probabilities, Physical and numerical models in knot theory, Ser. Knots Everything, (36) 2005, World Scientific Pub, 247-274. (with Rawdon)

3. Tying down open knots: a statistical method for identifying open knots with applications to proteins, Physical and numerical models in knot theory, Ser. Knots Everything, (36) 2005, World Scientific Pub, 203-217. (with Sheldon)

4. Total curvature and total torsion of knotted polymers, Macromolecules (40) 2007 no. 10, 3860-3867. (with Plunkett, Piatek, Dobay, Kern, Stasiak, and Rawdon)

5. Polygonal knot space near ropelength-minimized knots, Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications, Vol. 17, No. 5, 2008, pp 601-631. (with Piatek and Rawdon)

6. Scaling behavior and equilibrium lengths of knotted polymers, Macromolecules, (41) 2008 no. 12, 4444-4451. (with Rawdon, Dobay, Kern, Piatek, Plunkett and, Stasiak)

7. The Effect of Knotting on the Shape of Polymers, Macromolecules, (41) 2008 no. 21, 8281-8287. (with Rawdon, Kern, Piatek, Plunkett, and Stasiak)


8. Effect of Knotting on Polymer Shapes and Their Enveloping Ellipsoids, Journal of Chemical Physics, 2009, (with Piatek, Plunkett, Rawdon, and Stasiak)


9. Knots, Slipknots, and Ephemeral Knots in Random Walks and Equilateral Polygons, Journal of Knot Theory and its Ramifications, 2009.