Art & Photography / Engineering

Maria Klawe

“Any kind of person can be a scientist.”


Maria Klawe is a mathematician and the President of Harvey Mudd College. She uses math to uncover the structure of the universe.


Maria has been painting people and animals for her whole life. Sometimes she paints in meetings because it helps her be a better listener.

Maria Klawe: The Proof is in the Painting

Mathematician Maria Klawe solves hard problems and finds her way out of "the painting closet."

30 Seconds with Maria Klawe

We give Maria Klawe 30 seconds to describe her science and she discovered the structure of the universe.

10 Questions for Maria Klawe

Name one college president who plays Final Fantasy. You don't think there are any? Watch the video.

About Maria Klawe

Maria Klawe is a mathematician, computer scientist and the President of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. When Maria is away from her day job (and sometimes even when she’s at her day job), Maria creates beautiful watercolor paintings.