- Division: Natural Sciences
- Department: Mathematics and Computer Studies
Why I love teaching at Molloy College
Molloy offers an academic environment where students succeed by thinking outside of the box.
My academic interests have expanded since the graduate days working on Hopf Algebra actions on elementary abelian extensions. I have active interests in Diophantine analysis and the stimulation and the support of mathematical inquiry using error eliciting problems.
What I am working on
A famous problem published in the English magazine Strand in 1914 asked for the number of houses that has the property that the sum of the addresses below it is equal to the sum of the addresses above it. Ramanujan solved the problem using continued fractions. I am working on a generalization to this problem.
In addition, I am collaborating with Professor Lapierre from Johnson and Wales University on enhancing the students' reasoning and math communication by looking at problems with erroneous solutions. We did a pilot study in January 2012, and based on the analysis we hope to expand our investigation in this area.
As a mathematics professor, I strive to demystify mathematics to ease students' anxieties and to create an environment where they are motivated to explore and expand on ideas. I encourage them to join professional organizations and to attend conferences so that the students can see how mathematics is applied beyond the classroom.
I received a BS in mathematics at SUNY Binghamton (1991), and a Ph.D. in mathematics at SUNY Albany (1997).
Outside of academia, I was a consultant in the financial services for over ten years. Working with massive data sets have given me an interest and appreciation in the field of data mining. In addition, I have become a Scrabble enthusiast and enjoy building Legos with my four year old son Aidan.
Class Schedule (Spring 2013)
- Real Analysis
- Complex Variables
- Senior Seminar
- Statistics for Nursing
- The Alienist by Caleb Carr
- Lightning by Dean Koontz
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The title of my dissertation is "Hopf Algebra Actions on Elementary Abelian Extensions of Degree p^2"