Daniel P. Maki

Daniel Maki
  • BS Mathematics 1966

Dr. Maki graduated from Michigan Tech in 1966 with a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences. After continuing his studies in Mathematics at the University of Michigan and earning an M.S. in 1963 and a PhD in 1966, he began a long and distinguished faculty career at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where he began as Assistant Professor in the same year. He was a Fulbright Research Fellow at the University in Helsinki, a Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan and at the Claremont Graduate School. In 1979, he was promoted to Professor of Mathematics. Since 1998, he is the Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Indiana University.

His research efforts are directed toward mathematical modeling. His two main areas of studies are digital signal processing, especially as it relates to the study of algorithms for speech recognition by computers, and the mathematical aspects of simulation associated with the study of queues and with algorithms for linear programming. He has participated in over seventy interdisciplinary doctoral studies at Indiana University. As principle investigator or co-PI on 21 peer-reviewed grants, he was awarded more than 9 million dollars by either the National Science Foundation or the National Institute of Health.

Dr. Maki is also a dedicated teacher, teaching mathematical modeling especially to students in the social and life sciences and for math students planning to work in industry. He developed courses and course materials to teach mathematical ideas via teams working on real-world problems and directed NSF institutes for teachers. In his area of teaching and research, he published many original papers and three books among which is the first textbook on mathematical modeling, published by Prentice Hall in 1973. Dr. Maki is also sought-after speaker, with more than 60 colloquium presentations and invited talks. The names of the institutions speak for his wide-ranging appeal and national recognition: Purdue, Penn State, Harvey-Mudd, West Point, Brown, St. Olaf, Michigan, just to name a few.

Dr. Maki is a member of many professional societies. He served two terms as Governor of the Mathematical Association of America and was honored as first recipient of the Rothrock Faculty Teaching Award in Mathematics.

From 2002 Induction to the College of Sciences and Arts Academy