Faculty

 

Rob Beezer
PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Professor Beezer received his BS from University of Santa Clara and MS and PhD from University of Illinois. He teaches calculus, algebra (linear and abstract), combinatorics and cryptography. His research interests are primarily in graph theory (especially regular graphs and algebraic graph theory), but is also interested in combinatorics as a whole. Professor Beezer has been teaching at Puget Sound since 1984.

beezer@pugetsound.edu

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James Bernhard

James Bernhard (Chair)
PhD, Harvard University
Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Professor Bernhard received his BA degree from Princeton University and a PhD degree from Harvard University.

jbernhard@pugetsound.edu

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Sigrun Bodine
PhD, University of Southern California
Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Professor Bodine received BS degrees in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Ulm, Germany. She earned a MA degree in Mathematics from San Diego State University, a Diplom (MS) in Physics from the University of Ulm, and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Southern California.  She teaches calculus, linear algebra, and upper-division courses in analysis. Her research interests include differential and difference equations as well as in time scales. She has been at Puget Sound since 1998.

sbodine@pugetsound.edu

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Martin Jackson
PhD, University of Oregon
Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Professor Jackson received a BS degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1984, and his MS and PhD degrees from the University of Oregon in 1985 and 1990, respectively. His area of research is differential geometry. Professor Jackson has been teaching at Puget Sound since 1990.

martinj@pugetsound.edu

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Brad Richards
PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Professor Richards holds BA degrees in Physics and Computer Science, an MSc in Computer Science, and earned his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin — Madison, where his research was on custom memory-system support for distributed shared-memory parallel computers. In addition to his continuing work on parallel and distributed computing, Dr. Richards is active in Computer Science education, having authored numerous papers on pedagogy and curricular issues. He has been teaching at Puget Sound since 2005.

brichards@pugetsound.edu

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Mike Spivey
PhD, Princeton University
Professor and Chair, Mathematics and Computer Science

Professor Spivey earned a BS from Samford University, an MS from Texas A&M University, and an MA and a PhD from Princeton University. He works in operations research and combinatorics. Professor Spivey has been teaching at Puget Sound since 2005.

mspivey@pugetsound.edu

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David Chiu
PhD, The Ohio State University
Associate Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Professor Chiu received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from
the Ohio State University. He teaches courses in the introductory computer science sequence, database systems, high-performance computing, and operating systems. David's research interests include issues in distributed and cloud computing and large-scale data management. He joined Puget Sound in Fall 2014.

dchiu@pugetsound.edu

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 America Chambers

America Chambers
PhD, University of California, Irvine
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Professor Chambers earned her BA in Mathematics and Computer Science from Swarthmore College and her Masters and PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include machine learning, natural language processing, and statistical models of text. She has been with Puget Sound since 2015.

alchambers@pugetsound.edu

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 Jacob Price

Jacob Price
PhD, University of Washington
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Professor Price received BA degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Kalamazoo College and an MS and a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington. His interests are in scientific computing and multiscale simulation methods, as both a practical and theoretical tool. Almost any system of interest to scientists, in biology, chemistry, physics, or pure mathematics, can be understood at more than one scale of detail. He studies how these disparate scales interact with and inform one another. He will begin teaching at Puget Sound in 2018.

jrprice@pugetsound.edu

Adam Smith
PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Professor Smith is from Portland, Oregon. He earned his BA in 1999 from Lewis and Clark College, and his PhD in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He teaches courses in artificial intelligence, algorithms, and bioinformatics. His research interests are in modeling biologically-significant time series, from gene expression profiles to mouse ultrasonic vocalizations. He has been with Puget Sound since 2013.

aasmith@pugetsound.edu

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Courtney Thatcher

Courtney Thatcher
PhD, University of Chicago
Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Professor Thatcher received her BA from Boston University and MS and PhD from the University of Chicago. Her research interests are primarily in algebraic and geometric topology, computational topology, and large data set analysis. She has been with Puget Sound since 2014.

cthatcher@pugetsound.edu

 Cynthia Gibson

Cynthia Gibson
PhD, University of Oregon
Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Professor Gibson received her BS with a double major in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Puget Sound in 1989. She received her MS and PhD degrees in Mathematics from the University of Oregon in 1991 and 1995, respectively. She started teaching at Puget Sound in 1996.​

cgibson@pugetsound.edu

 

 John Goettsche

John Goettsche
MS, University of Idaho
Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Professor Goettsche received a BFA in Fine Arts/Painting at the University of Idaho in 1991, a BS in Cartography/Geography at the University of Idaho in 1993, became a Professional Land Surveyor in the State of Idaho in 2000, received a BS in Computer Science at Eastern Oregon University in 2013 and an MS in Computer Science at the University of Idaho in 2015. His research interests are in Programming Languages. He has been at the University of Puget Sound since 2018.​

jgoettsche@pugetsound.edu

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Wendy Dove
MAT, University of Puget Sound
Instructor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Wendy received her BS and MAT from the University of Puget Sound. She has taught introductory mathematics and statistics for over 15 years. In addition, she has worked in institutional research, in actuarial science, in benefits consulting, and as a computer programmer. She has been at Puget Sound since 2013.

wdove@pugetsound.edu

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Alison Paradise
MS, Washington State University
Instructor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Alison earned her BS in Mathematics and Economics (with minors in Computer Science and French) from Puget Sound in 1982, and her MS in Mathematics from Washington State University in 1988. She has been teaching introductory mathematics and statistics courses (and some introductory Computer Science) for about 30 years.

paradise@pugetsound.edu

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Matthew Pickard
MEd, University of Puget Sound
Instructor, Mathematics and Computer Science

BEd, University of Hawaii, 1980

MEd, University of Puget Sound, 1992

pickard@pugetsound.edu

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James Bernhard

Erik Hieta-Aho
PhD, Ohio University
Visiting Instructor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Erik earned his BS in Mathematics from Cal Poly Pomona and an MA in Mathematics from San Diego State University and a PhD in Mathematics from Ohio University. His research interests include algebraic coding theory and finite ring theory. He will begin teaching at Puget Sound in 2018.

ehietaaho@pugetsound.edu

Brian Rushton

Brian Rushton
PhD, Brigham Young University
Visiting Instructor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Brian received his BS, MS, and PhD in Mathematics from Brigham Young University. He has been teaching math and statistics courses since he was an undergraduate in 2006. His research interests include fractals and regular languages.

brushton@pugetsound.edu

Emeriti Faculty

Rosemary Hirschfelder
Professor Emeritus

 

Chuck Hommel
Professor Emeritus

hommel@pugetsound.edu

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Jerry Kerrick
Professor Emeritus

jjkerrick@gmail.com

Bruce Lind
Professor Emeritus

lind@pugetsound.edu

Bob Matthews
Professor Emeritus

matthews@pugetsound.edu

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John Riegsecker
Professor Emeritus

 

David Scott
Professor Emeritus

Bryan Smith
Professor Emeritus

bryans@pugetsound.edu

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Ron Van Enkevort
Professor Emeritus

In Memoriam

John Lantz

Taught 1946 - 1987, died in 2006

Ed Goman

Taught 1947 - 1984, died in 1987

Carol Smith

Taught 1983 - 2003, died in 2012