Department of Mathematical Sciences

History of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University

Mathematical Sciences Faculty in 1993, 2001 and Current Curricula

Staff (1993):

In 1993-94 the Department was still in the College of Sciences and the list of faculty was as follows:

  • J.V. Brawley: Alumni Distinguished Prof of Math. Sc.: BS 1960, MS 1962, PhD 1964, N.C. State University
  • F.M .Cholewinski: EP 1958, MS 1959, Auburn University, PhD Washington University 1964
  • P.M. Dearing: BS 1963, MA 1965, University of North Carolina, ME 1971, PhD 1972 University of Florida
  • R.E. Fennell: BA 1964 Bradley University, MS 1966, PhD 1969 University of Iowa
  • W.R. Hare: BS 1957 Henderson State Teachers College, MS 1959, PhD 1961 University of Florida
  • R.E. Haymond: BS 1954 University of South Carolina, MS 1956 Cal. Instit. of Tech., PhD 1959 Univ. of Oregon
  • P.T. Holmes: BA 1957, MA 1959 Washington State University, PhD 1966 Stanford University
  • R.E. Jamison: BS 1970 Clemson University, MS 1973, PhD University of Washington
  • J.P. Jarvis: BS 1971 University of North Carolina, MS 1973, PhD 1975 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • C.D. Jeffries: BS 1967 MS 1968 University of Washington, PhD 1971 University of Toronto
  • J.W. Kenelly: Alumni Dist. Prof of Math. Sc. BS Southeastern La College, MS 1957 Miss., PhD 1961 Univ of Fla.
  • J.D. Key: BSc 1963 Witwatersrand (South Africa), MPhil. 1967, PhD 1969 University of London
  • M.M. Kostreva: BA 1971 Clarion State College, MS 1973, PhD Rensselaer Institute of Technology
  • R.C. Laskar: BA 1950 University of Patina, MA 1955 Bilar University, PhD 1962 University of Illinois
  • D.R. LaTorre: BA 1960 Wofford College, MA 1962, PhD 1964 University of Tennessee
  • R.F. Ling: BA 1961 Berea College, MA 1963 University of Tennessee, Mphil 1968, PhD 1971 Yale University
  • J.K. Luedeman: BA 1963 Valparaiso Univ., MA 1965 Southern Illinois Univ., PhD 1969 Univ of N.Y. at Buffalo
  • W.F. Moss: BS 1966 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD 1974 University of Delaware
  • P.R. Nelson: BS Case Institute of Technology, PhD 1975 Case Western Reserve University
  • T.G. Proctor: BNE 1956, MS 1962, PhD 1964 North Carolina State University
  • J.A. Reneke: BA 1958, MA 1960 University of Florida, PhD 1964 University of North Carolina
  • W.H. Ruckle: BA 1960 Lincoln University, MS 1962, PhD 1963 Florida State University
  • D.R. Shier: BA 1968 Harvard University, PhD 1973 London School of Economics
  • D.D. Warner: BS 1965, MA 1966 Arizona State University, PhD 1974 University of California at San Diego
  • W.P. Adams: BS 1979 Lewis University, MS 1981, PhD 1984 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • J.R. Brannan: BS 1973, MS 1976, PhD Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Technology
  • A.S. Cover:BS 1954 Indiana State University of Penn., MA 1960, PhD 1964 Pennsylvania State University
  • C.L. Cox: BS 1978 Grove City College, MS 1980, PhD Carnegie-Mellon University
  • V.J. Ervin: BSc Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, PhD 1984 Georgia Institute of Technology
  • P.C. Kiessler: BS 1977, MS 1980, PhD 1983 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • C.B. Russell: BA 1962 University of the South, MS 1963, PhD Florida State University
  • M.J. Saltzman: BA 1977 Cornell University, MS 1982, PhD 1986 Carnegie-Mellon University
  • H.F. Senter: BS 1965 North Carolina State Univ., MS 1967 Univ. of Virginia, PhD North Carolina State Univ.
  • F.E. Sullivan: BS 1965 South Car. State Univ., MS 1968 Univ. of South Carolina, PhD 1980 City Univ. of N.Y.
  • C.L. Williams: BS 1981 College of Charleston, PhD 1987 Medical University Of South Carolina
  • J. Autuore: BS 1985 University of Conneticutt, MA 1988, PhD University of California
  • M.A. Coffin:BS 1985, MS 1988 South Dakota State University, PhD Iowa State University
  • I.B. Fetta: BS Southeastern Louisiana College, MS 1966 Clemson University
  • D.A. Grable:BS 1986 Georgia Institute of Technology, MS 1988, PhD 1992 Auburn University
  • K.B. Kulasekera: BS 1979 Univ. of Sri Jayarwardenepus, MA 1984 Univ. of New Brun, PhD 1988 Univ. of Neb.
  • J.G. LaTorre: BA 1959 Coker College, MA 1964 University of Tennessee
  • B.A. Novick: BS 1972 Barnard College, MS 1984 University of Colorado, PhD 1990 Carnegie-Mellon University
  • J.K. Peterson: BA 1975 Indiana University, MS 1977, PhD 1980 Colorado State University
  • M.M. Wiecek: BS 1979, PhD 1984 University of Mining and Metallurgy (Poland)
  • H. Zhang-Sun: BS 1982 Beijing Normal University, MS 1985, PhD 1989 Michigan State University
  • M.R. Adams: BS 1978 University of Puerto Rico, MS 1982 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • P.F. Garner: BS 1961 Furman University, MSEd 1985 Old Dominion University
  • C.R. Harris: BS 1986 Bob Jones University, MS 1988 Clemson University
  • P.K. Turner: BA 1986 Hamline University, MS 1991 Clemson University
  • J.C. Harden: BS 1947 Mississippi College, MA 1949 Univ. of Tennessee (part time emeritus associate professor)
  • J.R. Sullivan: BA 1939, MA 1949 Georgetown University (part time emeritus associate professor)

Professor J.P. Jarvis was Interim Head of the Department, Professor T.G. Proctor was Associate Head, Professor D.R. LaTorre was Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Professor R.E. Fennell was Director of Graduate Studies.

Staff (2001):

In the academic year 2001 the Mathematical Sciences Faculty (now in the College of Engineering and Sciences) was as follows:

  • W.P. Adams: BS 1979 Lewis University, MS 1981, PhD 1984 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • J.R. Brannan: BS 1973, MS 1976, PhD Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Technology
  • J.V. Brawley: Alumni Distinguished Prof of Math. Sc.: BS1960, MS 1962, PhD 1964, N.C. State University
  • P.M. Dearing: BS 1963, MA 1965, University of North Carolina, ME 1971, PhD 1972 University of Florida
  • R.E. Fennell: BA 1964 Bradley University, MS 1966, PhD 1969 University of Iowa
  • G.J. Fix: BS Texas A&M, MS Rice University, PhD Harvard University
  • W.R. Hare: BS 1957 Henderson State Teachers College, MS 1959, PhD 1961 University of Florida
  • P.T. Holmes: BA 1957, MA 1959 Washington State University, PhD 1966 Stanford University
  • R.E. Jamison: BS 1970 Clemson University, MS 1973, PhD University of Washington
  • J.P. Jarvis: BS 1971 University of North Carolina, MS 1973, PhD 1975 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • J.D. Key: BSc 1963 Witwatersrand (South Africa), MPhil. 1967, PhD 1969 University of London
  • M.M. Kostreva: BA 1971 Clarion State College, MS 1973, PhD Rensselaer Institute of Technology
  • K.B. Kulasekera: BS 1979 Univ. of Sri Jayarwardenepus, MA 1984 Univ. of New Brun, PhD 1988 Univ. of Neb.
  • R.C. Laskar: BA 1950 University of Patina, MA 1955 Bilar University, PhD 1962 University of Illinois
  • W.F. Moss: BS 1966 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD 1974 University of Delaware
  • P.R. Nelson: BS Case Institute of Technology, PhD 1975 Case Western Reserve University
  • J.A. Reneke: BA 1958, MA 1960 University of Florida, PhD 1964 University of North Carolina
  • D.R. Shier: BA 1968 Harvard University, PhD 1973 London School of Economics
  • D.D. Warner: BS 1965, MA 1966 Arizona State University, PhD 1974 University of California at San Diego
  • N.J. Calkin: BA 1984, MA 1986 Cambridge University, PhD 1988 University of Waterloo
  • C.L. Cox: BS 1978 Grove City College, MS 1980, PhD Carnegie-Mellon University
  • V.J. Ervin: BSc Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, PhD 1984 Georgia Institute of Technology
  • S.L. Ganter: BM 1986, BS 1986 Southern Methodist University, MA 1988, Ph,D. University of California-SB
  • X. Gao: BS 1983, MS 1990 Sichuan University, PhD 1993 University of Waterloo
  • P.C. Kiessler: BS 1977, MS 1980, PhD 1983 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • J.K. Peterson: BA 1975 Indiana University, MS 1977, PhD 1980 Colorado State University
  • C.B. Russell: BA 1962 University of the South, MS 1963, PhD Florida State University
  • M.J. Saltzman: BA 1977 Cornell University, MS 1982, PhD 1986 Carnegie-Mellon University
  • H.F. Senter: BS 1965 North Carolina State Univ., MS 1967 Univ. of Virginia, PhD North Carolina State Univ.
  • M.M. Wiecek: BS 1979, PhD 1984 University of Mining and Metallurgy (Poland)
  • C.L. Williams: BS 1981 College of Charleston, PhD 1987 Medical University Of South Carolina
  • C.M. Gallagher: BS 1993 Sonoma State University, MS 1994, PhD University of California-Santa Barbara
  • K.L. James: BS 1991, PhD 1997 University of Georgia
  • G.L. Matthews: BS 1995 Oklahoma State University, MS 1997, PhD 1999 Louisiana State University
  • C. Park: BS 1987 Seoul National University, MS 1989 Korean Advanced Institute of S & T, PhD 2000 Penn. State
  • T. Khan: AB 1994 Occidental College, MS 1999, PhD 2000 University of Southern California
  • H.K. Lee: BS 1986 Yonsei University, MS 1995, PhD 1997 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • P.D. Hyden: BS 1996, MS 1999 Cornell University
  • S.S. Biggers: BS 1968 Auburn University, MAT 1971 Duke University, MS 1979 University of Kentucky
  • S.A. Prevost: BS 1982 University of Florida, PhD 1989 Rutgers University
  • D.M. Fairburn: BS 1963, MS 1968, PhD 1975 Vanderbilt University
  • T.A. Johnson: BS 1974 Ball State Univ., MS 1982 University of South Carolina, PhD 1992 Clemson University
  • M.R. Adams: BS 1978 University of Puerto Rico, MS 1982 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • P.F. Garner: BS 1961 Furman University, MSEd 1985 Old Dominion University
  • B.A. Novick: BS 1972 Barnard College, MS 1984 University of Colorado, PhD 1990 Carnegie-Mellon University
  • I.V. Viktorova: MS 1977 Moscow Univ., PhD 1983 Mech Engineering Research Institute Russian Acad. of Sci.
  • J.B. Lassiter: BA 1982 Miss. College for Women, MS 1985 Purdue University, PhD 1993 Clemson University
  • A.A. Guest: BWS 1982 Clemson University, MBA 1985 Virginia Commonwealth University, MS 1998 Clemson
  • J.H. Harden: BS 1947 Mississippi College, MA 1949 Univ. of Tennessee (part time emeritus associate professor)
  • J.M. Flatt: BS 1979, MS 1981 Clemson University
  • L.M. Hanna: BS 1994, MS 1996 Clemson University
  • D.M. Simms: BS 1990 Bob Jones University, MS 1993 Clemson University
  • A.K. Stoddard: BA 1985, MS 1990 Clemson University
  • N.J. Conway: BS 1990, MS 1999 Ohio State University
  • C.A. Davis: BS 1992 University of South Carolina, MS 1996 Clemson University
  • M.D. Eberhart: BS 1997, AB 1998 Lenoir-Rhyne College, MS 2000 Clemson University
  • M.M. Edds: BS 1998 Bob Jones University, MS 2000 Clemson University
  • J.M. LaVare: BS 1997 State University of New York at Fredonia, MS 1999 Clemson University
  • A.J. Lynn: BS 1998 University of Massachusetts, MS 2001 Clemson University
  • J.K Martin: BS 1995, MS 1999 Clemson University
  • K.L. Miller: BS 1998 Elon College, MS 2000 Clemson University
  • T.Parrott: BS 1996, MS 1998 Clemson University
  • W.B. Staufeneger: BS 1999 Baldwin-Wallace College, MS 2000 Clemson University
  • S.L. Wainscott: BS Miami University, M.Ed. 1980, PhD 1999 Clemson University
  • S.E. Walker:BA 1996 UNC in Asheville, MS 1998 Clemson University
  • T.W. Whitacker: BS 1991 Gardener Webb University, MS 1993, PhD 2000 Clemson University

In the spring semester, Professor Hiren Maharaj became an Assistant Professor. His degrees are: BS 1993, MS (later converted to a PhD) University of Natal, and PhD 2000 Pennsylvania State University. Also teaching in the spring semester was Emeritus Professor T.G. Proctor.

Professor George Fix was Department Chair, Professor J.P. Jarvis was Coordinator of Instruction, Professor Robert Fennell was Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Professor D.R. Shier was Director of Graduate Studies.

Current Undergraduate Program

Mathematical Sciences students gain a broad knowledge of mathematical concepts and methods that are applicable in sciences, engineering, business, industry and other professions. In addition to the courses that provide these skills, the curriculum allows students to select an emphasis area that provides an introduction to an area where mathematics is applied. These are Applied Analysis, Biology, Computer Science, Operations Research/Management Science, and Statistics.

The curriculum seeks to provide an adequate background for graduate study or positions in business, industry, or government. Students electing the Biology Concentration will have the necessary preparation for entering medical school. Detailed information about the degree program and the emphasis areas can be seen on the department web site. Briefly, in addition to the general education courses (English, history, languages, etc.) the following mathematical sciences are taken: three semesters of calculus, differential equations, two computer courses, a problem solving course in discrete mathematics, linear and modern algebra, statistics, probability, two semesters of advanced calculus, a physics course, and a two course science sequence. Usually in the third semester, a student chooses one of the emphasis areas listed above and takes 12-15 semester in courses related to that area.

Current Graduate Programs

The master's degree is based on developing breadth as well as depth in the mathematical sciences. It requires two years of course work and culminates with a master's project (non-thesis option) or a six-hour master's thesis (thesis option). The master's project is for one credit and is presented in written and oral format (as is the master's thesis). The Doctor of Philosophy program emphasizes a solid foundation in five areas (algebra/discrete mathematics, analysis, computational mathematics, operations research and probability/statistics). Therefore the background courses are the same as the breadth courses for the master's degree. Then the PhD program is structured into three disciplines: applied and computational analysis (continuous modeling), discrete mathematics (discrete modeling), and statistics and probability (stochastic modeling). Doctoral research may range from having a strong emphasis in modeling to those that are theoretical. It is expected beginning doctoral students will have a master's degree in mathematics or statistics.

Components of the MS (non-thesis) degree

Prerequisites

  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Computer Language
  • Statistics

Foundations

  • Modern Algebra
  • Advanced Calculus
  • Probability
  • Discrete Computing Course

Breadth Areas

  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Scientific Computing
  • 860 Intro. to Scientific Computation
  • Operations Research
  • Statistics
  • Statistics/OR

Recommended Breadth Courses

  • MTHSC 853: Matrix Analysis
  • MTHSC 821: Linear Analysis
  • MTHSC 860: Intro. to Scientific Computation
  • MTHSC 810: Linear Programming
  • MTHSC 805: Data Analysis
  • MTHSC 804: Intro. to Statistical Inference
  • MTHSC 800: Probability
  • MTHSC 803: Stochastic Processes
  • MTHSC 814: Network Flow Programming

Concentration Area

  • Six Courses

Master's Project

  • MTHSC 892

Concentration Areas

Students, in consultation with their advisor and their master's committee, have flexibility in structuring the six courses that define the concentration area. Typical areas of concentration are algebra/discrete mathematics, applied analysis, computing, operations research, and probability/statistics. Possible concentration courses in these areas are shown below. It is also possible for a student to combine several of these disciplines to define a hybrid concentration area (such as financial mathematics). Graduate courses outside the Department of Mathematical Sciences can be used to fulfill the concentration requirement, if they contribute to a meaningful program for the student. In addition to the courses listed, Selected Topics courses (MTHSC 98x) are regularly offered within the various concentration areas.

Possible concentration courses by area

Algebra/Discrete Mathematics

  • MTHSC 851: Abstract Algebra I
  • MTHSC 852: Abstract Algebra II
  • MTHSC 854: Theory of Graphs
  • MTHSC 855: Combinatorial Analysis
  • MTHSC 856: Applicable Algebra
  • MTHSC 954: Advanced Graph Theory

Applied Analysis

  • MTHSC 822: Measure and Integration
  • MTHSC 823: Complex Analysis
  • MTHSC 825: Dynamical Systems
  • MTHSC 826: Partial Differential Equations
  • MTHSC 827: Neural Networks
  • MTHSC 831: Fourier Series
  • MTHSC 837: Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control
  • MTHSC 841: Applied Mathematics I
  • MTHSC 842: Applied Mathematics II
  • MTHSC 927: Functional Analysis

Computing

  • MTHSC 861: Advanced Numerical Analysis I
  • MTHSC 865: Data Structures

Operations Research

  • MTHSC 811: Nonlinear Programming
  • MTHSC 812: Discrete Optimization
  • MTHSC 813: Advanced Linear Programming
  • MTHSC 814: Network Flow Programming
  • MTHSC 816: Network Algorithms
  • MTHSC 817: Stochastic Models I
  • MTHSC 818: Stochastic Models II
  • MTHSC 819: Multicriteria Optimization
  • MTHSC 820: Complementarity Models

Probability/Statistics

  • MTHSC 801: General Linear Hypothesis I
  • MTHSC 802: General Linear Hypothesis II
  • MTHSC 803: Stochastic Processes
  • MTHSC 804: Statistical Inference
  • MTHSC 806: Nonparametric Statistics
  • MTHSC 807: Applied Multivariate Analysis
  • MTHSC 808: Reliability and Life Testing
  • MTHSC 809: Time Series Analysis
  • MTHSC 881: Mathematical Statistics
  • MTHSC 882: Monte Carlo Methods
  • MTHSC 885: Advanced Data Analysis
  • MTHSC 901: Probability Theory I
  • MTHSC 902: Probability Theory II

Thesis Option

It is also possible for students to pursue the thesis option under the master's program. In this case, the student again satisfies the breadth requirements (six courses). A minimum of 36 credit hours of approved course work is required, which includes 6 hours of thesis research (MTHSC 891). The thesis is written according to Graduate School and Department guidelines under the direction of a research advisor, and the student presents the thesis research to his or her master's thesis committee in an oral defense.


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