Math Faculty/Staff

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Matthew Causley

Assistant Professor Math 2-100 H AB

Ada Cheng

Math 1700 University Ave
2-100G AB

Cheryl Cochran

Math, Physics 2-100 AB (Math)
2-323 AB (Physics)

Tom Creech

Director of Sponsored Research/Faculty Math, Office of Sponsored Research 1700 University Ave
5-105 CC

Boyan Dimitrov

Professor of Mathematics Math 1700 University Ave
2-135E AB
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Dr. Boyan Dimitrov, professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. from Moscow State University and Doctor of Mathematical Sciences from Sofia University; with expertise in probability and statistics; applied probability; applied statistics: statistical dependence; environmental modeling, measures for stochastic dependence; operations research and statistical optimization; probability distributions in reliability, risk, and survival analysis; queuing models; reliability, risk, and aging control; statistical quality control; and warranty analysis -- models, cost evaluation, and cost control.

Dimitrov feels Kettering students are ambitious, motivated, and hard working. He finds students at Kettering to be focused on achievement, gathering knowledge, and being appreciated, setting them apart from students at other schools. What he enjoys most about teaching at Kettering is the challenge and the opportunity to "dance on the edge between the possible and the impossible."

Hidden talents and outside interests: When he isn't exploring the world of numbers, Dimitrov enjoys exploring interesting parts of the world, meeting interesting people and working with colleagues in his many areas of expertise.

http://paws.kettering.edu/~bdimitro/

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Specialties:

Applied probability
Applied statistics
Environmental modeling
Measures for stochastic dependence
Operations research and statistical optimization
Probability distributions in reliability, risk and survival analysis
Queuing models
Reliability, risk and aging control
Statistical quality control
Warranty analysis - models, cost evaluation and cost control

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Leszek Gawarecki

Department Head Math 1700 University Ave
2-100 A AB
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Gawarecki, Leszek P

 Mathematics
2-100 A AB
(810)762-9557
lgawarec@kettering.edu
http://paws.kettering.edu/~lgawarec/

 

 Notable Publications:

Monograph: "Stochastic Differential Equations in Infinte Dimensions. With Applications to SPDEs"

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Dr. Leszek Gawarecki, head of the department of Mathematics
Ph.D. in Statistics from Michigan State University with expertise in statistics, including statistical consulting, estimation, testing, and modeling; and the theory and applications of stochastic processes, including ordinary and partial stochastic differential equations.

Gawarecki finds Kettering students to be practical, talented and busy. He feels that they are distinguished from other university students when they discover the link between academics and business/industry and are capable of bringing to class actual problems from their co-op employers and a desire to learn topics useful for them at work. He enjoys and values discussions on practical applications of the topics studied in class to the business, engineering, and science curricula and to solving practical problems. After Gawarecki "heard that Kettering University students exceed in ability" when compared to students in large public universities, he knew he wanted to teach at Kettering.

Gawarecki tells of a student who insisted that there was some merit to her answer. He was in total denial but decided to test her approach. Her numerical answer was just 1/2 of the correct number. When they tried a next example in line, the ratio was 2/3. She insisted that there was still some relationship. He insisted that there is always some relationship, but it started occurring to him that this one was too regular. When they tried another case, the ratio came up at 3/4 and they spent the next hour figuring out why it worked so nicely. The student left his office amazed how much fun it was to do research in mathematics. They planned to publish a short note on their joint finding.

His advice for students is to "come to Kettering if you like your education to be tested in practice. Choose your degree by what you love to do, if you cannot decide, stay undecided and enjoy your freedom."

Hidden talents: When not leading the faculty in the department of Mathematics, Gawarecki is racking up some statistics of his own on the soccer field.

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Specialties:

Statistics and probability

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Ruben Hayrapetyan

Professor of Mathematics Math 1700 University Ave
2-100K AB
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Dr. Ruben Hayrapetyan, professor of Mathematics
Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yerevan Armenia State University in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, with expertise in Partial Differential Equations, Inverse and Ill-posed Problems, Nonlinear Analysis, Numerical Methods.

After working with Kettering students for eight years, Hayrapetyan finds them motivated, with a clear understanding of their goals. He enjoys convincing students that they are able to solve challenging problems both in Math and in their lives.

He sometimes experiences a challenge himself, as when he was juggling teaching both Calculus I and Calculus III classes in the same term. Hayrapetyan showed up for class one day and started a Calc III lecture. Suddenly, he had the feeling that something was wrong. He then recognized that he was delivering Calc III lecture to the Calc I class. To cover his faux pas and switch to a Calc 1 topic he said "All these important and beautiful things you will study next year. But in order to be able to understand them, let us return to Calc 1."

His advice for students is to "Study Math as much as you can, get a major or at least a minor in Math. You will never regret it. Math is the key to opening the world of modern Science and Technology."

Hidden talents: When not sharing his love of Mathematics with his students, Hayrapetyan enjoys recreational swimming, travel and reading.

http://paws.kettering.edu/~rhayrape/

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Specialties:

Integral Transforms
Inverse Problems
Nonlinear Analysis
Numerical methods
Partial Differential Equations

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Ilya Kudish

Math 1700 University Ave
2-100F AB
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Dr. Ilya I. Kudish, professor of applied mathematics, specializes in applied mathematics, tribology, contact mechanics, theory of elastohydrodynamic lubrication, crack mechanics, theoretical prediction of fatigue wear and pitting. He has written more than 100 articles, and is the author of a book entitled, "Mathematical Modeling of Wear and Fatigue in Rolling Bearings." He is a reviewer for Wear Journal and ASME Journal of Tribology. Dr. Kudish has extensive research experience.

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Specialties:

Applied mathematics
Computational mathematics
Computer simulation/modeling
Contact mechanics
Contaminated environment
Crack mechanics
Elastohydrodynamic lubrication
Fatigue pitting
Fatigue/fracture
Numerical analysis
Tribology

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Edward Masha

Adjunct Faculty Math

Brian McCartin

Professor of Applied Mathematics Math 1700 University Ave
2-135 B AB
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Dr. Brian McCartin, professor of Applied Mathematics
Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences--New York University, with expertise in differential equations and computational mathematics.

McCartin has taught at Kettering for 15 years and finds that one distinguishing element of a Kettering student is their level of maturity. He describes students as intelligent, motivated and applied in their pursuit of academic and professional excellence.

His favorite part about teaching at Kettering includes many opportunities to interact with students interested in science and technology. With more than 13 years of industry experience prior to becoming a professor, McCartin says that one big reason why he came to the institution was the opportunity to incorporate his industry experience in the classroom.

His hot tip for prospective students: "If you are not 100 percent certain which technical field you would like to enter, you should seriously consider majoring in Applied Mathematics. An in-depth knowledge of Applied Mathematics gives you the ability to sample a variety of fields within science and engineering. If you then decide to switch to a specific technical field, all of the Applied Math courses will still be relevant and useful to you. In this sense, it is the safest and most flexible major for someone who knows that they are turned on by technical subjects, but not yet ready to commit to a specific discipline."

Hidden talents and outside interests: McCartin enjoys reading, walking and playing the piano outside of the classroom.

http://paws.kettering.edu/~bmccarti/

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Specialties:

Computational mathematics
Electromagnetic waves
Mathematical biology
Numerical methods

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