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Faculty in the Mathematics Department are involved in a broad range of research in the areas of pure mathematics and math education.

Fluid Mechanics

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.


Geophysics research at Montclair State 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.

Math Education

A wide range of math and science education research is pursued in our department, much of it in conjunction with our PhD 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.

Pure Mathematics

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.