Ata Firat Pir
Office: BLOC 640A
E-mail: atafirat [at]

About me
I am a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M University and my advisor is Frank Sottile. I received my B.S and M.S degrees in Mathematics from Bilkent University, where I was working under the supervision of Mufit Sezer. My research interests include Algebraic Combinatorics, Real and Computational Algebraic Geometry.

I expect to graduate at the end of Spring 2018 semester and I am currently on the job market. Here is my:

Current Teaching

MATH 131:505 - Mathematical Concepts - Calculus

Previous Semesters

Summer 2017, Help Session
Spring 2016, Grading MATH 637 - Topology II
Fall 2016, Grading MATH 645 - A Survey of Mathematical Problems I
Spring 2016, Teaching Assistant Math 148, Calculus II for Biological Sciences (Click for Lecture Notes)
Summer 2015, Help Session
Spring 2015, Help Session
Fall 2014, Grading MATH 653 - Algebra I
Summer 2014, Help Session
Spring 2014, Teaching Assistant MATH 151 - Engineering Mathematics I
Fall 2013, Teaching Assistant MATH 150 - Functions, Trigonometry and Linear Systems
Summer 2013, Help Session
Spring 2013, Grading MATH 433 - Applied Algebra
Fall 2012, Grading MATH 407 - Complex Variables


Convex hull of two circles in \(\mathbb{R}^3 \), with Evan D. Nash, Frank Sottile, Li Ying; To appear in the Fields 2016 CAG book,
Two remarks on monomial Gotzmann sets, with Mufit Sezer; Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra, Volume 216, Issue 4, April 2012, Pages 833–836
Monomial Gotzmann sets in a quotient by a pure power, with Mufit Sezer; (Extended version of "Two remarks on monomial Gotzmann sets")

Talks & Posters

Invited Talks
  • Convex hull of two circles in \(\mathbb{R}^3\), SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry, Minisymposium on Symmetric Simplicial Complexes and Polytopes, 2017, Atlanta, GA.
  • Posters
  • Irrational Toric Varieties, Texas Algebraic Geometry Symposium 2016, Austin TX.
  • Irrational Toric Varieties, Southwest Local Algebra Meeting 2016, San Marcos TX.
  • Monomial Gotzmann Sets, Antalya Algebra Days XIII, 2011, Antalya Turkey.
  • Seminars
  • Irrational toric varieties, Algebraic Geometry Seminar, 2017, Texas A&M University.
  • Convex hull of two circles in \(\mathbb{R}^3\), Graduate Student Seminar, 2017, Texas A&M University.
  • Irrational toric varieties, Graduate Student Seminar, 2016, Texas A&M University.
  • Recent Conferences

    SIAM Conference on Applied Algebraic Geometry 2017, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, 2017
    Texas Algebraic Geometry Symposium (TAGS), Rice University, Houston, 2017
    Workshop on Combinatorial Moduli Spaces and Intersection Theory, Fields Institute, Toronto, 2016
    Workshop on Convexity in Algebraic Geometry, Fields Institute, Toronto, 2016
    Introductory Workshop on Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry, Fields Institute, Toronto, 2016
    Texas Algebraic Geometry Symposium (TAGS), University of Texas, Austin, 2016
    Southwest Local Algebra Meeting(SLAM), Texas State University, San Marcos, 2016
    Texas Geometry and Topology Conference (TGTC), Texas Cristian University, Fort Worth, 2016