Faculty & Staff

  • Charles Bu

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.S., M.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University; M.S., Michigan State University; Ph.D., University of Illinois

    Professor Bu's work focuses on boundary value problems for important evolution equations. 

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  • Melanie Chamberlin

    Administrative Assistant

    Ms. Chamberlin manages day-to-day departmental affairs, as well as coordinating department events like the colloquia, the Heard lecture, and the senior dinner.  

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  • Stanley S. Chang

    Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought; Associate Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., University of California (Berkeley); M.A., Cambridge University (England); Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Research on positive scalar curvature and rigidity of manifolds, noncommutative geometry, tools of surgery theory; interested in issues on campus diversity and curricular rigor.

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  • Alexander J. Diesl

    Associate Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Noncommutative ring theorist, sees mathematics as a central part of a well-rounded liberal arts education.

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  • Oscar E. Fernandez

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., B.S., University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

    Research is in geometric mechanics and specifically in Nonholonomic Mechanics. Presently researching Hamiltonian-like properties of some special types of nonholonomic systems.

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  • Philip Steven Hirschhorn

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.S., Brooklyn College of City University of New York; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    An algebraic topologist who works on homotopy theory in model categories, localizations of model category structures, and homotopy limit and colimit functors.

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  • Megan Kerr

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

    Research in global Riemannian geometry, especially the interplay of curvature constraints in the context of large symmetry groups.

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  • Karen Lange

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., Swarthmore College; M.S., Ph.D., University of Chicago

    Professor Lange's interests are in computability theory, an area of logic that explores the algorithmic content encoded in mathematical problems.

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  • Martin A. Magid

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., Brown University; M.S., Yale University; Ph.D., Brown University

    Professor Magid has been working recently on timelike submanifolds in various ambient spaces.

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  • Andrew Schultz

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics

    B.S., Davidson College; M.S., Ph.D., Stanford University

    Mathematician interested in studying absolute Galois groups of fields through their cohomological invariants.

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    Alan Shuchat

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S., Ph.D., University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

    Interested in various areas of theoretical and applied mathematics; research in discrete mathematics and operations research.

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  • Frederic W. Shultz

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.S., California Institute of Technology; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)

    Research involves operator algebras, and quantum information theory, both of which involve linear algebra and functional analysis.

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  • Steven Simon

    Visiting Lecturer in Mathematics

    B.A., Yale University; M.S., Ph.D., Courant Institute (New York University)

    Research in geometric combinatorics, algebraic topology, and especially the surprising ways the latter can be used to solve problems of the former.

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  • Jonathan Tannenhauser

    Lecturer in Mathematics

    A.B., Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    Background in theoretical particle physics, focusing on a conjectured equivalence between certain quantum field theories and certain string theories.

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  • Ann Trenk

    Professor of Mathematics

    A.B., Harvard University; M.S., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

    Research specialty in graph theory and partially ordered sets, teaches across the mathematics curriculum, outreach to K-12 teachers.

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  • Ismar Voli?

    Associate Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., Boston University; M.A., Ph.D., Brown University

    Research in algebraic topology, specifically calculus of functors and its applications to embeddings, including knots and links.

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  • Helen P. Wang

    Professor of Mathematics

    B.A., University of Wisconsin (Madison); M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University

    Professor Wang's research interest is analysis and she teaches in the areas of multivariable calculus and analysis

     

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Faculty Emeritus

  • Alexia Sontag

    Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus

    B.A., Pacific Lutheran University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)

    Professor Sontag taught Mathematics at Wellesley from 1975-2010.

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  • Howard Wilcox

    Professor of Mathematics, Emeritus

    AB Hamilton College, Ph.D. University of Rochester

    Retired from Wellesley in 2007 after 37 years of teaching mathematics.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Oct 20

The weekly student seminar meets in room 362 at 12:20.  This week we'll have a summer research programs panel.  The department will provide lunch, and one of your peers will provide a great talk.  All are welcome to attend!

Wednesday, Oct 22

Our Applicable Math Lecture series kicks off for the year with Mike Remolona from Wolfram Research Inc giving a talk discussing Mathematica 10 and how to get the most out of wolframalpha.com.  We'll have a reception (with food!) at 3:45 in SCI 362, then move to SCI 296 at 4:15 for the talk.

Thursday, Oct 23

Our second Putnam problem session meets today and runs from 12:30 to 1:20 in SCI 364.  This week we'll have homemade cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and ginger molasses) to help fuel our problem solving neurons.  Everyone is welcome to attend!

Thursday, Oct 23

Our second department colloquium is given by Megan Heenehan (Wellesley '03) from Eastern Connecticut State University. We'll meet in SCI 362 for snacks and socializing at 3:45, then the talk will begin at 4:15 in SCI 396.  Everyone is welcome to attend!  

Monday, Oct 27

The weekly student seminar meets in room 362 at 12:20.  This week Angela Gu will be speaking.  The department will provide lunch, and one of your peers will provide a great talk.  All are welcome to attend!

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