John F. Bukowski

Professor of Mathematics
Concert Choir Conductor, Fall 2018
College Organist
Choral Union Accompanist

Concert Choir Accompanist




Personal Information:

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.



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Mathematical Association of America



Courses Taught:

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Brown University:

Universiteit Leiden:

Institut Supérieure de l'Électronique et du Numérique (ISEN), Lille:



Research Interests:

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
Juniata College
Huntingdon, PA 16652

Phone: (814) 641-3591
FAX: (814) 641-3687




Last revised: August 20, 2018