Ciprian Borcea received his PhD from the University of Bucharest, Romania, with a thesis on “Deformations of complex structures”. After a membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1989-1990, he joined Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ, where he is currently Professor of Mathematics.
His contributions to algebraic and analytic geometry relate to moduli spaces, K3 surfaces, homogeneous spaces, Calabi-Yau manifolds and constructions of mirror families. The Borcea-Voisin method for obtaining mirror pairs has brought about an increasing flow of related inquiries in both mathematics and theoretical physics.
An expanding interest in the role of algebraic geometry for studies of articulated systems developed through investigations of polygon spaces, linkages, robot arms, hinge structures and periodic frameworks. In collaboration with Professor Ileana Streinu, Smith College, he has generated new geometrical and combinatorial approaches for problems pertaining to rigidity and flexibility.