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Letter of Recommendation for MIPT Alumnus (01/2003)
The Math/CS Student admitted to NYU, UC Berkeley**

Letter of Recommendation
Applicant: Ivan Ivanov

I have known Ivan Ivanov since ... and I am writing this letter to give
him my highest recommendations (or truly pleased to give him my
recommendations ) . As Ivan's research supervisor I often had an
opportunity to observe his unusual abilities, creativity, capacity for
deep analytical thinking and amazing mathematic intuition.

It was not accident that Ivan became my research student. I was the head
of the Jury of The Department of Mathematics at MIPT Scientific
Conference, where I noticed high level of his research work in the field
of Convex Analysis and it was agenda for Ivan’s future research. I also
was in the Jury of student Olympiad, where he showed exceptionally high
for his age results, and I was the head of the State Examination Board
at Ivan’s Final Exam on Mathematics, where he has shown prominent
knowledge of the subject and his answers was highly appreciated by the
Board.

I was very pleased that he had chosen me as a research supervisor for
his BS dissertation. In his research work Ivan is active and
goal-oriented; he reveals diligence and accuracy along with satisfaction
by his work. His first work under my guidance was his bachelor thesis in
the field of XX which included investigation of properties of such
mappings including conditions under which they are Riemann integrable
and support functions of convex compacts. Here I should emphasize that
this branch of mathematics has attracted exceptional research attention
in the two recent decades, and one has to possess great mathematical
erudition to work here. Ivan shows distinguished capacity of learning
new concepts and high level of knowledge in XX. He has not only coped
with highly complex and somewhat erratic material, but also found some
important classes of sets of attainability using this theory. For
example, he thoroughly investigated some applied problems from
theoretical mechanics that involve integration of XX.

The work was highly appreciated by the Diploma Committee and Ivan was
awarded BS degree with Honors. Currently Ivan is successfully working on
his master thesis project in the field of XX, which is the development
of our previous investigation. To get necessary knowledge in optimal
control Ivan attends lections in Moscow State University at the
Department of Computational Mathematics and Cybernetics.

I am sure that Ivan will become an excellent researcher and will produce
serious work of international quality. His outstanding mathematical
abilities place him in the very top 5% of MIPT students. Considering his
achievements, I highly recommend him for the graduate study at your
University.

Sincerely,

Prof. Petr P. Petrov