# Faculty

### Edward Allen

Professor

Ph.D., Mathematics, University of California at San Diego, 1991

Manchester 134

336.758.4854

allene@wfu.edu

**Research Interests: **Algebraic Combinatorics, Bioinformatics.

### Justin Allman

Associate Teaching Professor

PhD. Mathematics. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. 2014

Manchester 380

allmanjm@wfu.edu

**Research Interests: ** algebraic topology and geometry. representation theory.

### Katie Betancourt

Visiting Assistant Professor

Manchester 387

betancc@wfu.edu

**Research Interests:** Mathematical fiber arts, math education, topological data analysis.

### Abbey Bourdon

Associate Professor

Manchester 136

bourdoam@wfu.edu

**Research Interests:** Arithmetic Geometry

**Web Page:** http://users.wfu.edu/bourdoam/

### Kyle Celano

Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD in Mathematics, University of Miami, 2023

Manchester 245

celanok@wfu.edu

**Research Interests:** Algebraic Combinatorics

### Chidozie Williams Chukwu

Visiting Assistant Professor

245 Manchester Hall

chukwucw@wfu.edu

**Research Interests:** Mathematical Biology, Optimal Control, Applied Mathematics, Epidemiology, and Disease Modeling

### Jennifer Erway

Professor

Manchester 130

erwayjb@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Numerical optimization, computational PDEs, numerical linear algebra, scientific computation

**Web Page:** http://www.wfu.edu/~erwayjb

### Claudia Falcon

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, 2016, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Manchester 381

falconc@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, partial differential equations, mathematical biology

### John Gemmer

Associate Professor & Sterge Faculty Fellow

Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona, 2012

Manchester 388

gemmerj@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Applied mathematics, calculus of variations, partial differential equations, optics, dynamical systems, stochastic differential equations.

**Web Page: **http://users.wfu.edu/gemmerj/

### Hugh Howards

Professor

PhD UCSD ’97

Manchester 133

336.758.5352

howards@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Topology and Geometry

**Web Page:** http://users.wfu.edu/howards/

### Miaohua Jiang

Professor

PHD Pennsylvania State University, 1995

Manchester 335

336.758.5951

jiangm@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Dynamical Systems and Smooth Ergodic Theory

**Web Page:** http://users.wfu.edu/jiangm/

### Thomas Kindred

Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD (2018) in mathematics from the University of Iowa

Manchester 385

kindret@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Geometric and combinatorial topology, mainly in dimensions 3 (classical knot theory, spanning surfaces, Khovanov homology) and 4 (knotted surfaces, trisections), but also in arbitrary dimension (multisections).

**Web Page:** https://thomaskindred.com/

### Ellen Kirkman

Professor

PhD in Mathematics and M.S. in Statistics Michigan State University, 1975

Manchester 386

336.758.5351

kirkman@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Noncommutative Algebra, Representation Theory, and Homological Algebra

**Web Page: **https://math.wfu.edu/dr-kirkman/

### Leandro Lichtenfelz

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2018

Manchester 132

lichtel@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Differential Geometry, Global Analysis, Fluid Dynamics and General Relativity.

### Sarah Mason

Professor

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2006

Manchester 334

336.758.4358

masonsk@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Algebraic Combinatorics, Representation Theory

### Jacob Mayle

Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Illinois Chicago

Manchester 382

maylej@wfu.edu

**Research Interests: **Number theory, arithmetic geometry, elliptic curves, Galois representations

**Web Page:** www.jacobmayle.com

### Peter Merkx

Visiting Assistant Professor

PhD, Mathematics, UCSB, 2017

Building 29 Rm 007

merkx@wfu.edu

**Research Interests:** Algebraic geometry, algebraic topology, Calabi-Yau varieties, and related aspects of theoretical physics including string compactifications in F-theory and other stringy models

**Website:** https://peterrmerkx.com/

### Pratyush Mishra

Visiting Assistant Professor

PhD in Mathematics, North Dakota State University, Fargo, 2023

Building 29 Rm 015

mishrap@wfu.edu

**Research interest: **My research interest lies at the intersection of geometric group theory, the group of homeomorphisms of small manifolds, dynamical systems, and lattices of Lie groups.

**Web Page:** https://sites.google.com/view/pratyush-mishra-webpage/

### Frank Moore

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Mathematics, August 2008. University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Manchester 330

336.758.7441

moorewf@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Commutative algebra. In particular, homological properties of commutative rings

### Dylan Odessa

Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD in Mathematics, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2022

Manchester 245

odessajd@wfu.edu

### Tolulope Oke

Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD, Mathematics at Texas A&M, 2021

Manchester 383

oket@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Homological and noncommutative algebra, Hochschild cohomology and its associated Gerstenhaber algebra structure, Representation theory, invariant theory and deformation theory.

**Web Page:** https://tnoke2000.github.io/

### Jason Parsley

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Mathematics, 2004, University of Pennsylania

Manchester 129

336.758.4369

parslerj@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Differential Geometry, Geometric Analysis, Physical Knot Theory

**Web Page:** http://users.wfu.edu/parslerj/

### Sarah Raynor

Professor

Ph.D., 2003, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

336.758.4466

raynorsg@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Partial Differential Equations; Semilinear dispersive PDEs: questions of well-posedness and qualitative behavior; Free boundary problems: regularity of the solution and its interface. Semilinear elliptic PDEs: Existence of positive solutions.

**Web Page:** https://raynorsg.sites.wfu.edu/

### Stephen Robinson

Professor & Department Chair

Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1991

Manchester 126

sbr@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations; Nonlinear Analysis

### Jeremy Rouse

Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator

Ph.D., Mathematics, 2007, University of Wisconsin

Manchester 128

336.758.4159

rouseja@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Number Theory, Modular and Automorphic Forms, L-functions, Elliptic Curves, and Abelian Varieties.

Quadratic Forms.

**Web Page:** http://users.wfu.edu/rouseja/

### Chee Han Tan

Visiting Assistant Professor

Manchester 245

tanch@wfu.edu

**Research Interests:** Applied mathematics, calculus of variations, eigenvalue problems, fluid dynamics, partial differential equations

### Fan Yang

Assistant Professor

PhD in Mathematics, 2015, University of Southern California

Manchester 332

yangf@wfu.edu

**Research Interests: ** Dynamical systems, ergodic theory, stochastic process

**Website: **https://sites.google.com/view/fan-yang-dynamical-systems

### Lynne Yengulalp

Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Math & Stats Center

PhD Mathematics, University of Kansas 2009

Manchester 135

yengull@wfu.edu

**Research interests:** Topology and set theory

**Website:** https://sites.google.com/a/wfu.edu/lynne-yengulalp-wfu/