Mathematical Sciences

Message from the Chair

Mark Gockenbach

Welcome to the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Michigan Technological University! Mathematics and statistics are of ever-increasing importance in science, technology, the economy, and even popular culture, and the department plays a central role in the education and research at Michigan Tech.

Here are some of our current highlights:

  • The fifth annual Kliakhandler conference, Computational Modeling and Image Processing of Biomedical Problemswas held June 15-17. The conference was organized by Associate Professor Zhengfu Xu of Mathematical Sciences and Associate Professor Jingfeng Jiang of Biomedical Engineering.
  • Ken Ono, Thomas Jefferson Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia will give the fifth Kliakhandler Lectures on September 19 and 20.  Professor Ono is the Vice President of the American Mathematical Society.  He earned his PhD from UCLA in 1993, and he has published several monographs and over 170 research and popular articles in number theory, combinatorics and algebra. Professor Ono has received many awards for his research, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Packard Fellowship and a Sloan Fellowship. He was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (PECASE) by Bill Clinton in 2000 and he was named the National Science Foundation's Distinguished Teaching Scholar in 2005. He was also an associate producer of the 2016 Hollywood film "The Man Who Knew Infinity," which starred Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel. 
  • Congratulations to William Keith, who was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, and to Melissa Keranen and Zhengfu Xu, who were promoted to Professor.
  • The department had an exceptionally productive year in 2018-19: faculty published more than 50 research papers; five PhD students, six master's degree students, and 25 undergraduate students obtained their degrees; numerous students did internships or undergraduate research projects; and the department continued its tradition of providing high-quality instruction to the entire campus.

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