The Mathematical Sciences faculty are involved in a broad range of research in the areas of pure and applied math, physics, statistics, and education.
Astrophysics involves understanding the nature of stars, galaxies, and the universe on large-scales. Research in our department focuses on gravitational waves and the LIGO project, as well as the physics of neutron stars, black holes, accretion disks, and stellar pulsations. In cooperation with the North Jersey Astronomical Group, we host a public telescope night during the semester (Thursdays, 8-9pm, in front of Richardson Hall).
Biostatistics and Statistics
Statistics research in our department focuses on the development of new statistical methods to study complex data sets. Some of this work has applications in biology or medicine. Our Statistical Consulting Program provides data analysis expertise to the MSU community.
Condensed Matter Physics
Condensed matter physics studies the properties of different phases of matter (typically at scales where quantum effects are important). Condensed matter research at MSU focuses on experiments involving nanoelectromechanical systems (NEMS, nanoscale mechanical structures that can exhibit quantum properties) and molecular spintronics (using the spin state of molecules as a possible information storage medium).
In addition to offering a concentration in financial mathematics, faculty research in this area focuses on modeling financial crises and systemic risk.
Fluid mechanics research at Montclair involves theoretical and experimental modeling of fluid flow and stability in different geometries. Our Complex Fluids Lab houses a flow tank and other equipment to study fluid structure interaction, sedimentation, and viscoelastic flows. Several faculty also study magnetic fluids, ferrofluids, and their applications. Other research involves nematic liquid crystals, cracks/fracturing, and combustion.
- Eric Forgoston, Mark Korlie, Arup Mukherjee, Bogdan Nita, John Stevens, David Trubatch, Patrick Truitt, Ashwin Vaidya, Philip Yecko
Geophysics research at MSU focuses on seismic imaging techniques via inverse scattering algorithms. This involves the development of mathematical tools that can better infer the structure of the Earth's interior or the location of hydrocarbons from observed seismic data.
Our work in mathematical biology applies tools of complex systems to the study of infections disease transmission, ecology, population dynamics, and swarm behavior. In conjunction with Montclair's Center for Quantitative Obesity Research, our faculty also apply mathematical models to problems related to nutrition, weight loss, and health.
Math and Science Education
A wide range of math and science education research is pursued in our department, much of it in conjunction with our Ed.D program. Faculty research involves studying geometric reasoning, analysis of student thinking, and inquiry-based learning. We have several programs and community partnerships that involve teacher professional development, improving student learning, and the design of innovative curricula.
- Eileen Fernandez, Steven Greenstein, Dean Hamden, Deborah Ives, Erin Krupa, Aihua Li, Mika Munakata, Nicole Panorkou
Our faculty work on a variety of areas that display complex, nonlinear, or chaotic behavior. This includes the study of stochastic nonlinear systems, the nonlinear Schrodinger equation, solitons, and the application of nonlinear dynamics and perturbation theory techniques to fluids and other areas.
- Lora Billings, Youngna Choi, Eric Forgoston, Baojun Song, David Trubatch, Ashwin Vaidya, Philip Yecko
Pure mathematics research in our department includes the areas of graph theory, combinatorics, number theory, algebra, and functional analysis.
For more information about these areas, or to inquire about possible research opportunities for students, contact the indicated faculty.