The department has active research areas in mathematics, statistics, and mathematics education. Our faculty share their research with the broader community through publishing, presentations, and organizing conferences. They are engaged in collaborative research with with the greater Portland area such as Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Intel, and Oregon Health Sciences University.
Some professors are able to provide Research Assistantships from their research grants to support full-time graduate students studying under their direction. Students are selected by their excellence in scholarship and potential as researchers. The responsibilities and financial support vary based on the grant work. Students interested in this type of assistantship should speak directly with the faculty member that they are interested in working with.
Algebra and Discrete Mathematics
graph theory, number theory, combinatorics, game theory, network simulation and graph algorithms
Steven A. Bleiler
variational and convex analysis, non-linear & functional analysis, applied analysis
Mau Nam Nguyen
computational electromagnetism, geophysical data assimilation, inverse problems, multigrid methods, nano- optics, numerical analysis, optimization
Mau Nam Nguyen
Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations and Control
dynamical systems, mathematical control theory, mathematical biology
Mathematics Education (K-12)
mathematical knowledge for teaching, student learning in the middle grades, elementary and middle school mathematics teacher education
Mathematics Education (undergraduate)
teaching and learning of abstract algebra, statistics education research, undergraduate calculus and differential equations education
Statistics and Applied Probability
survival analysis, nonparametric and semiparametric models, variance estimation, biostatistics, markov chain monte carlo algorithms, inverse problems in statistics, reliability theory, stochastic orders, estimation theory, sampling theory
Jong Sung Kim
Topology and Geometry
algebraic topology, differential geometry, geometric mechanics
Steven A. Bleiler
Dr. Dacian Daescu - Using Mathematics to Analyze & Predict Large-Scale, Complex Systems
Prof. Daescu leads application-oriented research in computational and data-enabled science to analyze and predict the state of complex, large-scale dynamical systems mathematically modeled by ordinary differential equations (ODEs) or partial differential equations (PDEs) systems. Think global weather systems.
Dr. Daniel Taylor-Rodriguez - Oregon Connectivity Assessment & Mapping Project
Dr. Daniel Taylor-Rodriguez is developing statistical methods to validate hypothesized wildlife connectivity maps within the Oregon Connectivity Assessment & Mapping Project (OCAMP). These validated maps will aid statewide prioritization for mitigating barriers to wildlife movement.
Dr. Steve Boyce - Math in Real Life
Dr. Steve Boyce was the PI & PSU Project Lead for MiRL (Math in Real Life) from 2016-2019. MiRL is an Oregon Department of Education-funded collaborative professional development opportunity for teachers to develop and implement highly relevant applied math lessons for students in middle and high school.