Mathematics

Faculty and Staff

Matthew T. Koetz

Matthew T. Koetz

Associate Professor & Chair in Mathematics
585-389-2666
mkoetz1@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 205
Bio

Education: B.S., Mathematics, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; M.S., Mathematics, Northern Arizona University; Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Teaching Interests: I teach a wide variety of courses from freshmen to seniors, for majors and non-majors. I find the best classes to be those in which the students are engaged and excited, and as a result, my most successful classes tend to also be the loudest.

Research Interests: My research is in algebraic coding theory, specifically the construction of low-density parity check (LDPC) codes using algebraic methods. I am especially interested in the connections between codes and their associated Tanner graphs.

Daniel Birmajer

Daniel Birmajer

Associate Professor in Mathematics
585-389-2661
abirmaj6@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 210
Bio

Education: Ph.D. Mathematics, Temple University; M.A. Mathematics, Temple University; Licenciado en Matematicas (Licentiate in Mathematics), University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Teaching Interests: I teach a wide variety of courses from elementary statistics to advanced topics in mathematical finance.  My teaching paradigm is to engage the students in a hands-on class environment, taking proper advantage of the technological and computational capabilities of our classrooms.

Research Interests: Lately my research has focused on the ring of formal power series and its connection with the p-adic numbers.  From this viewpoint, I have done research that connects different topics in mathematics and computer sciences, integrating the algebraic development with a combinatorial and algorithmic approach.

Cheri Boyd

Cheri Boyd

Professor in Mathematics
585-389-2560
cboyd4@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 216
Bio

Education: Ph. D. Mathematics, University of Rochester; M.A./B.A. Mathematics, Potsdam College; B.A. Secondary Mathematics Education, Potsdam College 

Teaching Interests: Engaging students from all programs in mathematical problem solving, exploration of the historical development of mathematics, and understanding the concepts and methods of calculus and statistics. Courses range from linear algebra to geometry to chaos and fractals. Students develop skills in generating examples and counterexamples, proving theorems, using technology to explore mathematics, and writing and communicating technical information clearly.

Research Interests: Algebraic number theory, type numbers of orders in quaternion algebras, bioinformatics, phylogeny and mathematical biology, inquiry-based learning, and using writing to learn mathematics.

C. Yousuf George

C. Yousuf George

Assistant Professor in Mathematics
585-389-2663
cgeorge0@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 202B
Bio

Education: B.Sc. Mathematics, University of Toronto, Trinity College; M.Sc. Mathematics, University of Toronto; Ph.D. Mathematics, The Pennsylvania State University

Teaching Interests: I love math and have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to foster students' interest in an often intimidating subject. While the material can be interesting and powerful, math is about thinking and communicating effectively.

Research Interests: The noncommutative geometry program of Alain Connes. This refers to the application of algebra to questions arising from geometry, topology, and representation theory. Of particular interest are questions relating to groups and their representations. I'm also interested in the application of statistical techniques to problems arising from sports. I've supervised student research into methods of using regular season data to predict playoff success in the NFL.

Nicole R. Juersivich

Nicole R. Juersivich

Assistant Professor of Mathematics in Mathematics
585-389-2665
njuersi9@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 212
Bio

Education: B.S., Mathematics, Salisbury University; M.S., Mathematics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Ph.D., Mathematics Education, University of Virginia

Teaching and Research Interests: Mathematical problem solving and thinking, the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning, student and teacher use of multiple representations in the mathematics classroom, and mathematics teacher education. Most recently, I have enjoyed creating and investigating the application features of Visual Basic in Excel to transform spreadsheets into an applet-like environment for teaching mathematics.

Heather Ames Lewis

Heather Ames Lewis

Professor, Director of the Math Center in Mathematics
585-389-2668
hlewis5@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 202A
Bio

Math Center Director

Education: Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A. Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A. Mathematics, Carleton College

Teaching Interests: A certain amount of what I teach is practical, showing students established ways of answering questions. Another part of teaching is letting students explore ideas themselves. Often, this exploration leads to questions that I might never have thought of. Teaching math is about giving students the tools to answer questions, as well as the freedom to ask them.

Research Interests: Algebraic Graph Theory, using the topological ideas of homotopy and fundamental groups to study the cycle structure of graphs. More recently, I am also interested in the mathematics of fiber arts, particularly knitting.

Fern E. Cardella

Fern E. Cardella

Executive Secretary in Mathematics
585-389-2667
fcardel7@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 222A
Additional Positions:
Executive Secretary in Chemistry and Biochemistry
Executive Secretary in Biology
Bio

Education: B.S., Office Administration, Buffalo State College

Evan Zack Brauer

Evan Zack Brauer

Lecturer in Mathematics
585-389-2667
ebrauer2@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Elizabeth A. Bremer

Elizabeth A. Bremer

Lecturer in Mathematics
585-389-2667
ebremer2@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Carrie L. Loomis

Carrie L. Loomis

Lecturer in Mathematics in Mathematics
585-389-2669
cloomis2@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Kevin R. Laley

Kevin R. Laley

Lecturer in Mathematics in Mathematics
585-389-2667
klaley4@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Stacie Miller

Stacie Miller

Lecturer in Mathematics in Mathematics
585-389-2667
smiller0@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Brenda Stejskal Munch

Brenda Stejskal Munch

Lecturer in Mathematics
585-389-2667
bmunch7@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Suzanne Lauren Pohorence

Suzanne Lauren Pohorence

Lecturer in Mathematics
585-389-2667
spohore5@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Casie M. Sikora

Casie M. Sikora

Lecturer in Mathematics
585-389-2667
csikora8@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311
Donald L. Young

Donald L. Young

Lecturer in Mathematics
585-389-2669
dyoung5@naz.edu
Peckham Hall 311