Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Michigan Technological University! Exciting things are happening here:

Igor Kliakhandler, a former faculty member, has made a generous gift to stimulate research activity at Michigan Tech. Activities supported by his gift include the following:

  • Each year, a faculty member will be named the Kliakhandler Fellow. Professor Vladimir Tonchev is the 2014-15 Kliakhandler Fellow.
  • The Kliakhandler Fellow will organize a conference at Michigan Tech. The first such conference, "Algebraic Combinatorics and Applications", will be held August 26-30. It is expected to attract more than 30 mathematicians from around the world.
  • The department will host an eminent mathematician each year to give the Kliakhandler Lectures (separate from the conference). George Andrews of Penn State, past president of the American Mathematical Society and member of the National Academy of Sciences, will give the inaugural Kliakhandler Lectures on October 8 and 9, 2015.

We have new degree programs at the undergraduate level.

  • The first student in the new Business Analytics concentration graduated in Spring 2015. This concentration, which is part of the Mathematics degree, provides a broad preparation in mathematics, statistics, data mining, database management, and business.
  • The new bachelor's degree in Statistics is now admitting students, with the first graduates expected in May 2016. Job opportunities in statistics continue to grow.

The department, which provides coursework that is foundational for most of the degree programs at Michigan Tech, continues its tradition of innovative teaching. With a grant from the Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning, several faculty are implementing a blended learning model for the calculus sequence. Blended learning refers to the combination of online learning and traditional classroom instruction; at Michigan Tech, we are using this approach to make better use of classroom time and student/faculty interaction.

Whether you are a prospective student looking for a degree program or a prospective faculty member looking for a department that supports high-quality teaching and cutting-edge research, I hope you will browse our web pages and find the information that suits your needs. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mark S. Gockenbach
Professor and Chair