Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Michigan Technological University! We are passionate about creating new knowledge in mathematics and statistics and communicating this knowledge to our students.

Here are a few of the exciting events in the department:

The Second Annual Kliakhandler Conference was held August 15-19. Nearly 60 mathematicians came to Houghton for the International conference on Computational Mathematics and Inverse Problems, organized by Professor Jiguang Sun and funded by a generous gift from Igor Kliakhandler, with further support from the National Science Foundation, the College of Sciences and Arts, and the Office of Sponsored Research. 

Professor Richard Stanley of MIT will give the second Kliakhandler Lectures on September 29-30.  His many honors include membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Mathematical Society's Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics's George Pólya Prize in Applied Combinatorics.

The department hosted a graduate student workshop on Finite Element Methods for Eigenvalue Problems.  Eighteen students heard lectures by Rich Lehoucq, Senior member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories and Daniel Boffi, Professor of Numerical Analysis at the Università di Pavia, Italy and applied their new-found knowledge in computer lab sessions organized by local faculty members Allan Struthers and Ben Ong.  The workshop was funded by the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications and organized by Jiguang Sun.

The department welcomes three new tenure-track faculty:

John Gruver, Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education, who just completed his PhD in the University of California-San Diego/San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program in Mathematics and Science Education.

Jie Sun, Assistant Professor in Algebra.  Dr. Sun earned her PhD in 2009 from the University of Alberta.

Zeying Wang, Assistant Professor in Combinatorics. Dr. Wang earned her PhD in 2008 from the University of Delaware.

We are also pleased to welcome Teresa Woods, a new Lecturer in Mathematics.

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 you seek. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Mark S. Gockenbach
Professor and Chair