About the Department of Mathematics
We offer, per semester
A trefoil and its inverse, cancelling in the knot-concordance group.
Department of Mathematics
Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-4002
College of Arts and Sciences Building
Dr. Linda Saliga
Assistant to the Chair
Ms. Pamela Hoover
Dr. Pat Wilber
Dr. J. P. Cossey
webmaster: Dr Stefan Forcey
Announcements for Spring 2023
- SIAM meetings alternate Wednesdays at 4:45om in CAS 140. Anyone can join the student organization SIAM So far:
- Jan 25: Speaker: Stefan Forcey. The topic is: Mysteries of the Mandelbrot set!
- Feb 8: Movie night: The man who knew infinity.
- Feb 23: Math Bingo.
- Applications now being taken for the math honor society PME: Pi Mu Epsilon application .
- Seminars and Colloquia in algebra, combinatorics and PDE's.
- SIAM meeting Oct. 6: Dr. Pat Wilber.
Title: Relaxed Moire Patterns in Bilayer Graphene
Abstract: In this talk, I will start by explaining what graphene is and why graphene is interesting from the point of view of materials science. I will also explain what a moire pattern is. I will then introduce the idea of a relaxed moire pattern in a bilayer of graphene. To understand relaxed moire patterns, some of the basic mechanics of interacting graphene layers will be discussed. Finally, I will talk about a research problem I worked on recently that is motivated by explaining and predicting relaxed moire patterns in bilayer graphene.
- Sept 15 SIAM meeting: Dr. Dane Quinn, on Population models.
- Dr. Alex Hoover of UA Math who will present a live virtual talk on " The Emergence of Neuromechanical Wave Resonance in Jellyfish Swimming.” A brief abstract is provided below. Please join us. Use the link in the calendar to access the presentation.
IB and Biology Colloquium
Abstract: In order for an organism to have a robust mode of locomotion, their neuromuscular organization must be adaptable in a changing environment. In jellyfish, the activation and release of muscular tension is governed by the interaction of pacemakers with the underlying motor nerve net that communicates with the musculature. This set of equally-spaced pacemakers, located at bell rim, alter their firing frequency in response to environmental cues, forming a distributed mechanism to control the bell's muscular contraction. In this talk, we explore the control of medusan neuromuscular activation in with a model jellyfish bell immersed in a viscous fluid and use numerical simulations to describe the interplay between active muscle contraction, passive body elasticity, and fluid forces. This model is then used to explore the interplay between the speed of neuromechanical activation, fluid dynamics, and the material properties of the bell, and we use it to discover the presence of an entirely new phenomena known of neuromechanical wave resonance, which has many potential applications for the actuation soft-body robotics and tissue-engineered pumps.
- Dr. Lingxing Yao, assistant professor of mathematics, UA. The title and talk abstract are below, and the seminar will begin at 245p. You will be able to join the meeting as early as 230p.
- A model system and its simulations for cell migration
- In this presentation, we introduce a mathematical model system for cell dynamics, which includes cell membrane, transmembrane osmotic water flow, actomyosin network polymerization/depolymerization. The features of the model can be organized into three main modules: 1) An osmotically active solute obeys an advection-diffusion equation in a region demarcated by a deformable membrane. 2) The interfacial membrane allows transmembrane water flow which is determined by osmotic and mechanical pressure differences across the membrane. 3) An actin network is constantly undergoing polymerization/depolymerization (with or without myosin contraction) and interacting with the cell membrane. To numerically compute solutions of the model, we also develop a numerical framework, which is based on an immersed boundary method for fluid-structure interaction and a Cartesian grid embedded boundary method for the solute and actomyosin network. Using the model system, we can explore different mechanisms and key biological factors that drive cell migration. We will demonstrate the model system with biological studies in cells, including migrations driven in different physiological conditions and the energy expenditure in migrations.
- The work on developing model equations and numerical method is in collaboration with Dr. Yoichiro Mori at the U. Penn. The modeling and applications in cell migrations are joint work with Dr. Yizeng Li (at Kennesaw State), Dr. Yoichiro Mori, and Dr. Sean Sun (at Johns Hopkins).
- Nov. 14, 2019, 4:15 in CAS 139. Buckling Problems Motivated by Bilayer Graphene and other Layered Materials, a talk from Dr. Pat Wilber.
- Oct. 21, 2019, 4:15 in CAS 139. Using five dimensions to identify a first cousin once removed: Phylogenetic Polytopes, a talk from Dr. Stefan Forcey.
- Sept. 19, 2019, 4:15pm in CAS 139. From Nerve Net to Vortex Ring: A Computational Modeling Approach to Medusan Biomechanics, a talk from Dr. Alex Hoover.
- The fall picnic was held Friday, October 11, 2019, 5:30 pm: The annual fall picnic at Sand Run Park Mingo Lodge (map) was hosted by the math student groups: PME, WIM and SIAM.
- Tutoring Hours TBA in the CAS second floor atrium (turn left after exiting the elevator). For students of Algebra for Calculus, Precalculus, Calculus with Business Applications, Calculus I, II and III
- April 5 and 6, 2019. We hosted the Spring Meeting of the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America. Starting 1:15pm Friday April 5. For schedule and locations of talks and events, see the conference page.
- Representatives from Search Discovery, a data analytics consulting agency, will be on campus this Friday 4/5/2019 to give a presentation entitled
"Intro to Data Analytics & Marketing Consulting: Academia to Industry."
Learn about applying your education to analytics and marketing in the real world.
The presentation will be given by
Andrew Ash, Data Engineer Rachel Starvaggi, Digital Marketing Analyst Alex Fitzpatrick, Digital Marketing Analyst Julie Shallman, Analytics Analyst
The presentation will be held in CAS142 on Friday April 5th 2019 from 11-12.
- Thanks for a great 2019 Mathematics Banquet, hosted by the student organizations WIM, SIAM and PME, at 6:00 pm on the evening of Friday, April 26th, 2019 in room A of the Quaker Plaza. All are invited!
- Colloquium: Scott Schueller will speak on "Careers as a Quantitative Analyst: Math + Stats + Coding + Finance = Quant."
Friday, March 8, 2019
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
CAS room 134
- Engineering Talk: Thursday 3/7/2019 3pm-4 ASEC 122
"Machine Learning Applications at Sandia National Laboratories"
- Research Talk: Thursday 3/7/2019 3:45pm-4:45 CAS 135
"From Symmetry to Group Theory and Representation Theory"
Math is everywhere—it is used to describe the world around us!
Mathematicians reach realistic solutions using abstract tools. We can create mathematical models at any scale — electrons, ecosystems, or economies. We can design new molecules for medicines and materials. We can optimize for efficient communication and secure networking. We can decode a genome and decipher its history. We can discover the best environmental and financial options for the future.
Doing mathematics is interesting, exciting, and fulfilling. Solving a challenging problem and knowing you have the right answer is a truly rewarding experience! The study of Applied Mathematics teaches you how to analyze complex problems so you can obtain meaningful solutions.
But what can you do with a degree in Applied Math?
The strong analytical skills you develop by studying Mathematics are an invaluable asset no matter what career path you ultimately pursue. Mathematics is the foundation of all the natural sciences. Mathematics is central to many of today’s most exciting fields, like data analytics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, computational science, and more.
We offer some of the most valuable College majors. With a degree in mathematics or applied mathematics you will be in high demand in virtually any field— in the public, academic and industrial sectors. Math majors have all the skills employers want!
Applied mathematicians use mathematics to solve problems in science and engineering. Theoretical mathematicians explore beyond the physical models. We create new mathematics by uncovering logical structures, geometries, patterns and symmetries.
Why study Applied Math at The University of Akron?
The University of Akron has a reputation for excellence in applied sciences and engineering. The mathematics department builds on this tradition and focuses on a modern and practical approach to mathematics, combining theory and application with strong flavor on applied interdisciplinary mathematics.
- Our faculty are active researchers and also are great educators .
- Our program is flexible and allows you to pick upper-level electives in an area outside of Math but requiring the application of Math. So, you can tailor our program to your interests and career plans. Our classes are small, so you get to know the faculty and we get to know you.
What do we offer?
At the University of Akron, we offer BS and MS degrees in Applied Mathematics.
- Check out the required courses for Applied Math majors.
- Check out how to get a BS and MS in 5 years. This helps prepare you for a PhD or could further increase your qualifications and chances for a high paying industry job!
- Learn more about scholarships for Math Majors.
- Learn more about the Williams Honors College.
- Learn about Women in Mathematics, the Pi Mu Epsilon Society and the SIAM Student Chapter.
Where do our students go after graduation?
The Math Department has a strong track record of getting undergraduates involved in faculty research. Our graduates have gone on to great success in industry, government, and academia.
- Check out some recent graduate and undergraduate research projects.
- See a list of companies and organizations that have employed some of our recent graduates.
Why the University of Akron?
- Learn more about the University of Akron and the Akron area.
- Learn more about experiential learning at UA.
- Learn more about Career Services. See how you can build relationships that could lead to internships and subsequently future job opportunities.
- Learn more about education abroad opportunities.
Math Department History
Historical account of the UA mathematics department, prepared by J. Palagallo.
Credits: M101 and Typhoon Rammasun [NASA, via astronet], Mandelbrot zoom [W. Beyer, via wikimedia].