College of Science and Mathematics


Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences
ext. 5132
Office Location: Richardson Hall

Dr. Bal completed his Ph.D. in the Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization program at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. The following year was spent at Ryerson University in Toronto as a postdoctoral research fellow. Most recently, Dr. Bal was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  His research interests lie at the intersection of Probability and Discrete Mathematics. More specifically, he is interested in random graphs (networks), a topic which has recently increased in popularity due to its applicability to various disciplines.  He is the author of 8 published papers with an additional 4 currently submitted for publication and many more in preparation. 


Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
ext. 5140
Office Location:  Richardson Hall

Dr. Catalano began her career as a Research Assistant at Providence College. She has since held the position of  Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant with Columbia University’s Department of Chemistry, funded through a NIH Biophysics training grant. Most recently, she was a joint NSF Postdoctoral Fellow between the University of Delaware and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her research has focused on structural studies of ligand-protein interactions in Cytochrome P450 and investigating the deterioration process of lead paint in traditional oil paintings.  Dr. Catalano has published her research in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at numerous conferences. 


Assistant Professor, Biology
ext. 4397
Office Location: Science Hall

Dr. Klein recently completed her dissertation in Science Education at Kent State University.  She has been both a research assistant and a teaching assistant during her past five years at KSU.  Dr. Klein's research centers on Environmental Education and more specifically on human experience of nature, the human-nature relationship, critical geography, and preservice and inservice teachers' ideas about environmental issues.  Her background is in the biological sciences, science education, and curriculum and instruction.  Prior to her enrollment in the doctoral program at KSU, Dr. Klein was an environmental educator, outdoor educator, and high school biology teacher.  She has had over 25 presentations at peer reviewed regional, state, national, and international conferences and has been published in The International Journal of  Science and Mathematics, Journal of Mixed Methods Research, Research in Science Education, Science Education, Science Scope, and The Science Teacher.


Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences
ext. 5132
Office Location: Richardson Hall

Dr. Paoletti recently completed his dissertation in mathematics education at the University of Georgia. For the past four years, he worked as a research and teaching assistant as part of UGA's Presidential Fellowship program. Dr. Paoletti's research focuses on exploring students’ quantitative and covariational reasoning and their understandings of major mathematics ideas including function and inverse function. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Paoletti taught middle and high school mathematics in Moorestown, NJ before beginning his doctoral studies.


Assistant Professor, Computer Science
ext. 4166
Office Location: Richardson Hall 304

Dr. Samanthula’s most recent appointment was as Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University.  He also worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Cyber Center department at Purdue.  Prior to joining Purdue, he was a doctoral student at Missouri S&T where he investigated potential approaches to develop Privacy-Preserving Online Social Networks.  Dr. Samanthula’s primary research interests lie at the crossroads of Personal Privacy, Information Security, Applied Cryptography and Data Mining.  In particular, his research focuses on devising privacy-enhanced solutions for essential secure and data-intensive applications in cloud computing, social networks, and wireless sensor networks.  Another important research area that he is focusing on is Big Data Privacy.  His work has been published in top-tier journals and conferences, including IEE ICDE, IEEE TKDE, IEEE TDSC, and ACM ASIACCS.  He has published 18 papers to date.