Mathematicians discover patterns, create structures, and transform relationships. Doing mathematics develops your ability to reason logically, organize information, and solve complex problems. Nazareth math majors learn to think creatively, assess options, use multiple perspectives, determine optimal conditions, and clearly communicate technical information.
Mathematics is both an art and a science. At Nazareth, we teach it with an emphasis on pattern discovery, problem solving, and the integration of diverse ideas. We recognize that there are often multiple approaches in solving complex problems, and we use the language of mathematics as a means of sharing those thought processes. We also make use of current technologies and instructional methods to reveal the beauty, symmetry, and power of mathematical concepts.
Nazareth's mathematics degree prepares students for teaching, graduate school, and the professional world. Graduates enter careers in the insurance, industrial, financial, and government fields.
Education: Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, mathematics; M.S., Northern Arizona University, mathematics; B.S., New Mexico Tech, mathematics
Teaching/Research Interests: My research is in algebraic coding theory, specifically the algebraic construction of low-density parity check codes for efficient and robust information transmission across noisy channels. I focus on graph-theoretic approaches to the constructions. I often lead student research projects in graph theory related to vertex colorings. I am also interested in the development of effective discovery learning strategies, especially in introductory courses.
“I moved to Cambridge to work at a software company with no computer science experience, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that they hired me because of my problem-solving skills. I owe it in huge part to the support of the math department.”