Professor of Mathematics
Concert Choir Conductor, Fall 2018
Choral Union Accompanist
Concert Choir Accompanist
I joined the faculty of the Department of Mathematics at Juniata College in August 1997. I received my Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University in 1997, with a thesis in the field of nonlinear partial differential equations. Before that, I received my B.S. degrees in mathematics and physics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1991. I spent the Spring (Voorjaar) 2012 semester at the Mathematisch Instituut of Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands. Since 2013 I have taught summer short courses on differential equations at ISEN in Lille, France. I am Historian of the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America, and I have previously held several other offices in the Section. In 2018 I completed sixteen years as Chair of the Department of Mathematics. My wife, Cathy Stenson, is also a professor in the Department of Mathematics at Juniata, and she received her Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University. We have two sons, David and Daniel. I also have a sister Marie who is a professor. She is the Director of the School of Art at Kent State University.
I am the College Organist and the piano accompanist for the Juniata College Choral Union and Concert Choir. I am the conductor of the Concert Choir for the Fall 2018 semester.
Fall 2018 Courses:
Current Office Hours
Spring 2018 Courses:
Summer 2017 Short Courses:
Mathematical Association of America
Institut Supérieure de l'Électronique et du Numérique (ISEN), Lille:
My current research interests are in the history of mathematics, especially analysis and mathematical physics in the 17th and 18th centuries. In particular, I study the work of Christiaan Huygens, the 17th century Dutch mathematician/physicist/astronomer. Recently I have become interested in the 20th century Dutch mathematician/physicist/radio engineer Balthasar van der Pol. My previous formal research interests have been in nonlinear partial differential equations and dynamical systems. In particular, I studied continuum limits of particle systems, as in my doctoral thesis, "The Boussinesq Limit of the Fermi-Pasta-Ulam Equation", with my advisor Walter Craig.
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How to find me:
Office: Brumbaugh Academic Center C-108A, Dale Hall
Department of Mathematics
Huntingdon, PA 16652
Phone: (814) 641-3591
FAX: (814) 641-3687
Last revised: August 20, 2018