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Lucus Waddell

Clemson Mathematical Sciences alumnus Lucas Waddell was recently recognized as a Finalist for the 2019 INFORMS Daniel H. Wagner Prize for Excellence in Operations Research Practice for a project titled "Daily Tutor Scheduling Support at Hopeful Journeys Educational Center." This work (with collaborator Matthew Bailey) focused on developing a cost-free optimization tool to help Hopeful Journeys, a school for children with autism spectrum disorders, improve their daily scheduling process. The tool has become an integral part of Hopeful Journeys' operations, saving hours of work each day while providing better and more reliable schedules for the school's students and staff. This project highlights the exciting progress in freely available OR tools, which are now advanced enough to solve extremely challenging problems for organizations like Hopeful Journeys that traditionally have not had easy access to high-powered analytics. Lucas received his PhD in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson in 2015 working with Dr. Warren Adams. After graduating from Clemson, he worked for several years as an Operations Research Analyst at Sandia National Laboratories. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.


Dr. Margaret Wiecek

Dr. Margaret Wiecek wins international award

Professor of mathematical and statistical sciences Margaret Wiecek has won the Multiple Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the International Society on MCDM. Wiecek, who received the award at the organization's June 2019 conference in Istanbul, was recognized for her work in the field of optimization. Read more about Dr. Wiecek and the award.


Clemson Chase Bank grand opening

JP Morgan-Chase Bank

Interim Director Kevin James and Dr. Mark Cawood attended the ribbon cutting ceremony of the first JP Morgan-Chase bank in SC to learn that one of our former students James McNally (Math BA 2016) is the first JP Morgan Financial Adviser in SC. The new Chase bank is located here in Clemson next to the new Verizon building.

Graduate student welcome reception

Welcome New Graduate Students

A welcome reception picnic for the 27 new graduate students was held at Nettles Park, Tuesday, August 20th. Also joining was some current graduate students and faculty. Food and conversations were enjoyed by all.


Image of Data Science super computer

World-Class Super­computing

Thanks to the work of six faculty members, Clemson will have the technology to enhance computing performance to a never-before-seen level. Read the full article.


Alumnus Dr. Benjamin Sloop

School of Math and Stat alumnus Dr. Benjamin Sloop was recently awarded the 2019 South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Sloop is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Spartanburg Methodist College. Read more about Dr. Sloop and the award.


Undergraduate Faculty Awards Spring 2019
Our School celebrated the achievements of our top undergraduate students at our annual Undergraduate Faculty Awards Ceremony on April 13. Here is a list of the incredible students we honored.

Clemson RTG REU NSF Research Training Groupsmath professors team up to strengthen the nation’s scientific competitiveness
The NSF Research Training Groups (RTG) grant awarded to Jim Brown, Shuhong Gao, Kevin James, Felice Manganiello and Gretchen Matthews in 2016 has been supporting efforts to improve research training by involving undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates and faculty members in structured research groups centered on a common research theme of Coding Theory, Cryptography and Number Theory. Read more about some recent program highlights here.

Seed grant to establish Southeast Center for Mathematics and Biology
In a collaboration with faculty from six other universities, Clemson University mathematician Elena Dimitrova has been awarded a $578,235 seed grant to participate in establishing the Southeastern Center for Mathematics and Biology. Read more about the center and Dr. Dimitrova's research


AWM Group visits Asheville NCClemson student group visits UNC Asheville to hear ‘Hidden Figures’ inspirational speaker
Clemson's chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics recently traveled to Asheville to hear Dr. Christine Darden speak about her time at NASA and the 'Hidden Figures' movie. Read more about the trip


2017 Awards Clemson Team wins Math Jeopardy CompetitionClemson Team wins Math Jeopardy Competition
Congratulations to Clemson students Trevor Squires, Luna Bozeman, Joey Bonitati, and Biraj Dahal. Their team won the math jeopardy contest at the MAA-SE Conference recently held in Clemson.


2017 Awards - Lea JenkinsClemson mathematician's research featured at national exhibition in Washington
In a ceremony in April, the department recognized outstanding mathematical sciences students and their achievements. Lea Jenkins, an associate professor, has spent the past six-plus years collaborating with an expanding team of hydrologists, economists and related experts to develop high-tech models designed to help farmers maximize profits while minimizing the deleterious effects of drought, fluctuations in supply and demand, and rising operating expenses. Read more about Dr. Jenkins and her research.


2017 Math Sciences Awards2017 Math Sciences Awards
In a ceremony in April, the department recognized outstanding mathematical sciences students and their achievements.
See a list of this year's award recipients.


Professors talk to students about the RTG GrantClemson Math Professors Awarded $2.1 Million Data Security Research Grant
The National Science Foundation (NSF) grant was awarded to the team of Kevin James, Jim Brown, Shuhong Gao, Felice Manganiello and Gretchen Matthews. The grant will support researchers and students in the fields of computer coding theory, number theory, and cloud data security.
Read more about their research.


Fit RunThird Annual Clemson 5K Fit Run
Congratulations to the Mathematical Sciences 5K Running Team, who won the Third Annual Clemson 5K Fit Run on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens!
Front Row Left to Right: Sarah Hicklin, Hugh Geller, Michael Black
Back Row Left to Right: Allen Guest, Mark Cawood, Martin Schmoll


Julia SharpSharp named Greenville Hospital System Faculty Fellow
Julia Sharp, an associate professor of mathematical sciences at Clemson University, is the latest Greenville Health System Faculty Fellow. Sharp brings her statistical expertise to GHS departments, such as obstetrics and gynecology, anesthesiology, and pediatrics. Within these departments, she will assist in aggregating and analyzing collected data, in order to help examine patient outcomes after treatment.
Read more about Dr. Sharp and her research.


Associate Professor Lea Jenkins speaks at SAMSIJenkins speaks at SAMSI Workshop
Associate Professor Lea Jenkins (pictured middle) recently co-organized and helped lead the April 2016 SAMSI "Workshop for Women in Math Sciences". SAMSI is the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute. More information about the workshop can be found at the SAMSI blog post.


mcm-icm Mathematical or Interdisciplinary Competition in ModelingMCM/ICM
In February 2016, over 12,000 teams from 13 countries competed in the grueling 96-hour Mathematical or Interdisciplinary Competition in Modeling (MCM/ICM). The three-person ICM team of Clemson math majors Ben Bodek, Rivers Jenkins, and James McNally won an honorable mention for their model and analysis of the refugee immigration crisis and policies.


2016 Student Award Winners2016 Student Awards
In a ceremony in April, the department recognized outstanding mathematical sciences students and their achievements. See a list of the award recipients.


Neil CalkinNeil Calkin Elected to Lead Role in Faculty Senate
Neil Calkin was elected secretary of the Faculty Senate for its 2016-17 term during the March 7 Faculty Senate meeting. The mathematical sciences professor joined Clemson in 1997. In his three years on the senate Calkin said that he enjoyed being part of the conversation and bringing issues to the forefront. Calkin plans to work closely with Faculty Senate leadership to address issues such as the status of special faculty, Clemson's college reorganization and the University's planned childcare center.


Jim Peterson bookSpringer publishes book by faculty member Dr. Jim Peterson
This is the first in a series of four books that developed from Peterson's experiences teaching calculus to biology majors. The first three books are titled "Calculus for Cognitive Scientists," and the fourth book is titled "Bioinformation Processing."


Joint Mathematics Meeting logo2016 Joint Mathematics Meeting
Twenty students and faculty members of the Department of Mathematical Sciences (three undergraduate students, eleven graduate students, and six faculty members), plus several alumni, attended the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Seattle in January. JMM 2017 (January 4-7) will be in Atlanta.


Timo Heister and Leo Rebholz write low cost textbook for numerical methods course
The Greenville News published an article on an initiative to lower textbook costs featuring two of our faculty members. Read the Greenville News article (PDF)