Amit Kanubhai Patel

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Colorado State University


217 Weber Hall

Louis R. Weber Building

1874 Campus Delivery

Fort Collins, CO 80523

I was born in Chicago and spent most of my childhood in the city and then in Niles, a nearby suburb. I did my BS and MS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After some industry experience, I decided I was more interested in theory and philosophy than engineering (I reserve the right to change my mind). I went back to school earning my PhD at Duke University. All three degrees are in computer science, but I am a mathematician.

My research sits at the intersection of pure and applied topology, algebraic combinatorics (Rota’s way), and category theory. I like to use category theory to organize my thoughts and ask precise questions.

I help run CSU Topology Seminar.


Selected Publications


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    Möbius Homology
    Amit Patel, and Primoz Skraba


  1. Advances
    Persistent local systems
    Robert MacPherson, and Amit Patel
    Advances in Mathematics, 2021


  1. JACT
    Generalized persistence diagrams
    Amit Patel
    Journal of Applied and Computational Topology, Jun 2018