Daniele C. Struppa

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Born (1955-06-25) June 25, 1955 (age 68)
Alma materUniversity of Milano, Italy
  • Giuseppe Struppa (father)
  • Emilia Galli Struppa (mother)

Daniele Struppa (born June 25, 1955) is an Italian mathematician, academic and the 13th President of Chapman University in Orange, California. He assumed office on September 1, 2016, succeeding Jim Doti, who served as president for 25 years.[1] Prior to assuming the Office of the President, Struppa was Chancellor at Chapman University for nine years and had also served as provost.[2]

Early life and education

A native of Milan, Italy, Struppa was born on June 25, 1955, and is the son of Giuseppe Struppa and Emilia Galli Struppa.

He received his laurea in mathematics from the University of Milano, Italy, in 1977. He then moved to the United States in 1978 to pursue his Ph.D at the University of Maryland, College Park, earning his doctorate degree in mathematics in 1981.[1]


Struppa began his academic career in Italy where he held positions at the University of Milano, at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa and at the University of Calabria. At the latter, Struppa also served as Chairman of the Department of Mathematics for two years.

Having returned to America, Struppa accepted a professorship at George Mason University where he founded a research center for the application of mathematics and served as director of it.[3] In addition to serving as chairman of the Department of Mathematical Sciences at George Mason University, he was also appointed as associate dean for Graduate Programs and as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, a position he held for nine years.[2]

In 2006, Struppa joined Chapman University as provost and chief academic officer. He remained in those positions until July 2007 when he was appointed chancellor.[2]

On September 28, 2015, Struppa was elected 13th president of Chapman University and was inaugurated on September 1, 2016.[2]

Throughout his long standing career, Struppa has authored more than 200 referred publications and has edited several volumes.[4] He is also the co-author of more than ten books, including The Mathematics of Superoscillations with Chapman physicists Yakir Aharonov and Jeff Tollaksen.[5][2]

Personal Life

Struppa is married to Dr. Lisa Sparks, who is the founding Dean of the School of Communication and the Foster and Mary McGaw Endowed Professor at Chapman. They have four children: Alex, Elena, Ariana and Athena.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Daniele Struppa inaugurated as Chapman University's 13th president". Chapman Newsroom. 2016-10-03. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "President's Office". www.chapman.edu. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  3. "Interview with Daniele C. Struppa". Orange County Register. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  4. "Articles and Op-eds". www.chapman.edu. Retrieved 2020-07-07.
  5. "Publications". www.chapman.edu. Retrieved 2020-07-07.

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