R. James Milgram, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics, Stanford University
James Milgram is an emeritus professor of mathematics at Stanford University where he has taught since 1970. He was one of the initial appointees to the National Board for Education Sciences (the presidential board that oversees the Institute for Education Research at the U.S. Department of Education) and served on the board from its inception in 2001 through 2004.  He was a member of the NASA Advisory Council from 2004 - 2009, and was the first mathematician to ever serve on the NAC. He was a member of the Achieve Mathematics Advisory Panel from 2000 to 2010, and was one of the members of the Common Grounds Project that included Deborah Ball, Joan Ferrini-Mundy, J. Kilpatrick, Richard Schaar, and Wilfried Schmid.

He was a member of the very selective Common Core Validation Committee, charged with overseeing the development of the Common Core Standards and verifying the research underlying each of the Standards. The final part of the charge was that the Validation Committee was expected to rewrite those parts of the document that did not match up or were missing key standards.

More recently he was one of the main out-of-state reviewers of the current Texas Mathematics Standards, and the new (post-Common Core) Indiana Mathematics Standards.

From 2002 to 2005, Prof. Milgram headed a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that identified and described the key mathematics that K–8 teachers need to know. He also helped to direct a project partially funded by the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation that evaluated state mathematics assessments. He is one of the four main authors of the pre-Common Core California Mathematics Standards, as well as one of the two main authors of the 1998 California Mathematics Framework. He is also one of the main authors of the pre-Common Core Michigan and Georgia mathematics standards.

He has lectured throughout the world on both his research in pure mathematics as well as the structure and importance of mathematics standards.

Among other honors, he has held the Gauss Professorship at the University of Goettingen and the Regent’s Professorship at the University of New Mexico. He has published over 100 research papers in mathematics and four books, as well as serving as an editor of many others. His main area of research is algebraic and geometric topology, and he currently works on questions in robotics, protein folding, and the geometry of the Sporadic Simple Groups. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Minnesota.