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 fourth annual Kliakhandler conference, Graph Decompositions, is August 9-11. The conference is organized by Associate Professor Melissa Keranen and opens with a morning session on Everyday Combinatorics, which will be conducted by David Clark of Grand Valley State University.  Two days of research talks, both invited and contributed, follow.
  • Nick Trefethen, Professor of Numerical Analysis at Oxford University, will give the fourth Kliakhandler Lectures on October 4-5.  Professor Trefethen is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), and a past president of SIAM. He has an AB from Harvard and MS and PhD degrees from Stanford, and held faculty positions at MIT and Cornell before joining the faculty at Oxford, where he is a Fellow of Balliol College. 
  • Vladimir Tonchev has been named one of the inaugural Distinguished Professors at Michigan Tech. This title recognizes outstanding faculty members who have made substantial contributions to the University and their discipline.
  • The department had an exceptionally productive year in 2017-18: faculty published more than 40 research papers; eight PhD students, ten master's degree students, and 27 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