Mathematics research at Kennesaw State University includes, but is not limited to the Analysis, Applied Mathematics, Discrete Mathematics, and STEM Education subdisciplines.
Read more about each specific subdiscipline below, as well as links to faculty who specialize in those areas.

Analysis
Analysis
Mathematical analysis quantifies and describes the infinitesimal and asymptotic behavior of mathematical objects, such as functions. Familiar examples from calculus include limits, differentiation, and integration. Such topics are often studied in the context of real numbers, complex numbers, and their functions. They can be also studied in a more general setting, provided there is an appropriate notion of “nearness” (a topological space) or “distance” (a metric space).
The applications of analysis are vast within mathematics and touch areas as seemingly diverse as differential equations and number theory. The utility of analysis reaches all the sciences, including physics, engineering, and economics. Faculty in our department study a wide array of analysis topics, such as geometric optics/electromagnetism, nonlinear waves, and nonlinear differential equations. Techniques used in their research range from Fourier analysis, bifurcation theory, functional analysis, all the way to topological degree theory.Featured Faculty Research
NamePosition
Dhruba Adhikari Professor of Mathematics

AnaMaria Croicu Assistant Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics
Assistant Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics
acroicu@kennesaw.edu
Website
(470) 5782076
MS 245 
Timothy Faver Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Irina Pashchenko Lecturer of Mathematics
Lecturer of Mathematics
ipashche@kennesaw.edu
(470) 5786327
MS 007 
Eric Stachura Associate Professor of Mathematics


Applied Mathematics
Applied Mathematics
Applied mathematics connects mathematical concepts and techniques to various fields of science and engineering. It is the application of mathematics to realworld problems with the dual goal of explaining observed phenomena and predicting new, as yet unobserved, phenomena. The problems come from various applications, such as physical and biological sciences, engineering, and social sciences.
Faculty in our department study a wide array of applied mathematics topics, such as infectious disease modeling, Ecological competition modeling, population genetics analysis, ecotoxicological risk assessment, social network analysis, computational neuroscience, machine learning, neuronetwork analysis and viscoelasticity. Techniques used in their research include mathematical analysis, coalescence theory, fractional calculus, dynamical system, bifurcation analysis, differential equations, partial differential equations, stochastic differential equations, graph theory, simulation, and linear programming.Featured Faculty Research
NamePosition
Dhruba Adhikari Professor of Mathematics

Asma Azizi Boroojeni Assistant Professor of Mathematics

AnaMaria Croicu Assistant Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics
Assistant Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics
acroicu@kennesaw.edu
Website
(470) 5782076
MS 245 
Timothy Faver Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Jun Ji Professor of Mathematics

Somayeh Mashayekhi Associate Professor of Mathematics

Eric Stachura Associate Professor of Mathematics

Liancheng Wang Professor of Mathematics

Min Wang Associate Professor of Mathematics

Pengcheng Xiao Associate Professor of Mathematics

Glenn Young Assistant Professor of Mathematics


Discrete Mathematics
Discrete Mathematics
Discrete mathematics is a broad area of mathematics that deals with “individually separate and distinct” objects such as whole numbers (1, 2, 3, ...), partitions (breaking whole numbers into smaller pieces), permutations (shuffles of a list), and graphs (collections of edges and nodes). Some major themes of study are building objects from core objects (e.g. whole numbers are products of primes), understanding objects' underlying structures (e.g. cycles in graphs), studying various statistics on these objects (e.g. the distribution of prime numbers), and drawing connections between different objects (e.g. permutation and Young tableaux). Various tools and techniques are used in these studies: algebra such as polynomials and matrix representations, analysis such as generating functions and Fourier series, and probability such as expectation and variance.
Discrete mathematics has applications to computer science, cryptography, errorcorrecting codes, software engineering as well as to classical sciences such as chemistry, biology, and physics. Faculty in our department are especially interested in symmetric functions, posets and lattices, graph coloring, cycles in graphs, and analytic number theory.Featured Faculty Research
NamePosition
Tsz Chan Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
tchan4@kennesaw.edu
(470) 5787235
D 228 
Mikhail Lavrov Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
mlavrov@kennesaw.edu
(470) 5787235
D 245 
Irina Pashchenko Lecturer of Mathematics
Lecturer of Mathematics
ipashche@kennesaw.edu
(470) 5786327
MS 007 
Jennifer Vandenbussche Professor of Mathematics

Erik Westlund Interim Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics
Interim Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics
ewestlun@kennesaw.edu
Website
(470) 5782912
D 123 
Andrew Wilson Assistant Professor of Mathematics


STEM Education
STEM Education
Research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education explores a wide variety of issues related to teaching, learning, curriculum, assessment, and fostering change in STEM courses and programs. Faculty take an empirical approach (basic and applied) using qualitative, quantitative, or mixedmethods approaches that are informed by an expert understanding of STEM knowledge and practice. Research in this area addresses complex problems that are investigated using a variety of interdisciplinary techniques to ultimately understand how students learn disciplinary ideas or how institutional structures and conditions facilitate broad implementation of researchbased best practices.
Featured Faculty Research
NamePosition
Kadian Callahan Associate Dean for Student Success and Community Engagement and Professor of Mathematics Education
Associate Dean for Student Success and Community Engagement and Professor of Mathematics Education
kcallah6@kennesaw.edu
Website
(470) 5782492
CL 3033 
Irina Pashchenko Lecturer of Mathematics
Lecturer of Mathematics
ipashche@kennesaw.edu
(470) 5786327
MS 007 
Tad Watanabe Associate Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics Education
Associate Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics Education
twatanab@kennesaw.edu
Website
(470) 5786376
MS 244

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