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Mathematics

(See related programs: Applied Mathematics ; Computational Mathematics)

The Mathematics program at Roger Williams University provides preparation for graduate study and for a variety of careers in industry and government. There is enough flexibility in the program to allow a large choice of electives, and the program, when combined with further study in a second area, can provide an excellent foundation for graduate or professional study in the physical sciences, computer science, engineering or business. Our best students have opportunities for undergraduate research, while others write theses, present at national conferences and co-author journal articles with our faculty.

Several factors distinguish Roger Williams University from the competition. For starters, small class size means more personalized attention from our faculty members. Our Math major is made up of only 10 courses, leaving plenty of room for a double major, or to experience a wide variety of electives. Our students are involved on campus—as math tutors and as members of the Mathematics Honor Society. Unlike at other institutions, our talented students get to co-author math publications with our faculty. In fact, our students are currently working on the Numerical Solution of the Helmholtz Equation for the Pseudosphere, and Foundations of General Relativity and some speculations on the Einstein-Grossmann Collaboration. Recently, one of our students was awarded the top prize in the MAA Student Essay in History of Mathematics.

Student Learning Outcomes

Mathematics majors at RWU are expected to have the ability to:

  • Prove classical theorems at the appropriate level of rigor
  • Reason mathematically
  • Read mathematical texts and articles with understanding
  • Write answers, proofs, and papers in appropriate mathematical style
  • Use appropriate technology successfully
  • Analyze problems and choose the correct technique from their repertoire to solve them
  • Make inferences and generalizations

Mathematics /Secondary Education majors at RWU are expected to have the same abilities.

Heather Trahan-Martins
Adjunct Professor
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Heather Trahan-Martins

Heather
Trahan-Martins
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Jessica Thomas
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Jessica Thomas

Jessica
Thomas
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Aaron Schrank
Adjunct Professor
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Aaron Schrank

Aaron
Schrank
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Richard Ku
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Richard Ku

Richard
Ku
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Danielle David
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Danielle David

Danielle
David
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Yoon Chung
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Yoon Chung

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Chung
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Edward Dougherty, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.S. Syracuse University
M.S. Tufts University
Ph.D. Virginia Tech

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(401)254.3306
MNS 242
Areas of Expertise: 
Biomathematics, Computational Mathematics, Numerical Methods, Mathematical Modeling and Simulation

Edward Dougherty

Edward
Dougherty
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

B.S. Syracuse University
M.S. Tufts University
Ph.D. Virginia Tech

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(401)254.3306
MNS 242
Areas of Expertise: 
Biomathematics, Computational Mathematics, Numerical Methods, Mathematical Modeling and Simulation

General Research Interests:
Mathematical Modeling and Simulation in Biomedicine
Computational Mathematics and Numerical Methods
Computational Systems Biology

Current Projects and Application Areas:
Neurostimulation treatment efficacy
Multiscale models and simulations of neurotherapeutics
Mathematical analysis of intra-cellular signaling pathways related to movement disorders

Professional Associations:
SIAM
Society for Mathematical Biology

Selected Publications:

Dougherty, E. (2016). Efficient Implicit Runge-Kutta Methods for Fast-Responding Ligand-Gated Neuroreceptor Kinetic Models. BIOMATH, 4(2), 1512311.

Dougherty, E. and Turner, J. (2016) An Object-Oriented Framework for Versatile Finite Element Based Simulations of Neurostimulation. Journal of Computational Medicine. Vol. 2016: article ID 9826596

Sunny Duerr
Adjunct Professor
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(401) 254-3062
Areas of Expertise: 
Mathematics

Sunny Duerr

Sunny
Duerr
Adjunct Professor
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(401) 254-3062
Areas of Expertise: 
Mathematics
Henry Chango
Adjunct Professor

Henry Chango

Henry
Chango
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Yvonne Shireman
Adjunct Professor
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(401) 254-3384

Yvonne Shireman

Yvonne
Shireman
Adjunct Professor
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(401) 254-3384