Department of Mathematics
Combining a strong traditional mathematics major with opportunities for student research, a very successful secondary education program, and preparation in applied mathematics and statistics, the Department of Mathematics is committed to helping each Geneseo student achieve their goals, both before and after Geneseo.
Recent News and Events
Professor Ahmad Almomani receives the 2023 Campus Sustainability Leadership Award
Dr. Almomani was honored for his work related to sustainability, and it is exciting to see him continuing to have a positive impact on sustainability and students' experience with sustainability. Dr. Almomani is at the forefront of innovative curriculum development including courses like Math for Sustainability and Sustainability for Optimization. And his research projects with students have generated opportunities for demonstrated change on a variety of projects including, but not limited to: a new design for compost bucket, virtual farm optimization method, rainwater harvesting on campus, the modeling of implication of edible cutlery at SUNY Geneseo, and particle swarm and filter method optimization for electric vehicles. He is always looking to contribute to the Geneseo community and deepen his knowledge and understanding as demonstrated by his past service as co-chair for the President's Commission on Sustainability, participation in the Design Thinking Workshops, and engagement in the "Why should sustainability be a part of what we teach?" workshops series.
Gary Towsley receives 2023 MAA Meritorious Service Award
Gary Towsley is Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus at SUNY Geneseo. He retired in June 2020 after teaching at Geneseo for 45 years. He earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Case Institute of Technology, an M.S. and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Rochester. His dissertation was in the area of Compact Riemann Surfaces. While at Geneseo he taught a range of courses in mathematics. He also taught many interdisciplinary courses with faculty from other departments at the college. The most notable of these courses was Poetry and Cosmology in the Middle Ages, he taught with Professor Ronald Herzman of the English department. This course was offered 17 times. He received the Seaway Sections Clarence Stephens Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award from the MAA. He has been a member of the Seaway Section for a long time and has enjoyed, (except for rewriting the by-laws), working in and for the section in many different roles.
“I am deeply honored to receive this award knowing what the past recipients have brought to the Seaway Section. The section has been one of the centers of my mathematical career and service to the section has never really felt like work," Towsley says.
Professor Ahmad Almomani receives the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, instituted by State University of New York chancellor Ernest L. Boyer in 1973, have demonstrated outstanding teaching ability through superb classroom performance. They are scholars who bring to their classes broad academic interests, rigorous and innovative teaching methodology, and current, far-reaching knowledge. Their concern for students is evidenced by the individual attention they accord each student and by their commitment to helping students to enhance their scholarly and creative abilities and to attain academic excellence.
Donald House receives the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching
The Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching recognizes consistently superior teaching at the graduate, undergraduate, or professional level in keeping with the State University’s commitment to providing its students with instruction of the highest quality.
Student Honored with SUNY Chancellor's Award
Luis Yanez Zamora received the 2022 Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence! Luis is a physics and mathematics double major from East Hampton, NY. As a first-generation student, he is a McNair Scholar and a Presidential Scholar, and he serves as the vice-chair of the Student Association Academic Affairs Committee. Luis tutors math and physics students while engaging in campus governance and other organizations. His academic interests involve research on black holes, the production of gravitational waves, and general relativity. Luis's post-graduation plans are to pursue a PhD in theoretical astrophysics. Congratulations Luis!
Students Inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon
On April 25, 2023, three students were inducted into Pi Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honor society. Congratulations to:
Darien Connolly, Andrew Mosbo, and Kevin Rogers
Pi Mu Epsilon is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and the recognition of students who pursue mathematical scholarship and successfully attain mathematical understanding. Each year the Department of Mathematics inducts our best students into this prestigious honor society.
Professor Almomani Recognized for Campus Sustainability Efforts
Dr. Almomani received honorable mention for the Campus Sustainability Awards that recognize outstanding commitment by students, faculty, staff, and student organizations to enhance the three pillars of sustainability on the Geneseo campus: social sustainability, economic sustainability, and environmental sustainability. The awards are to recognize and celebrate the hard work of community members, which often goes unnoticed, as we strive for a campus that is socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable for generations to come.
Dr. Almomani’s nomination reads: "Dr. Almomani is a faculty member in the Mathematics Department and has served as the President’s Sustainability Commission Co-Chair for the past 2 years. He has completely shifted a number of his course curricula to address sustainability challenges, including creating an entirely new course called 'Math for Sustainability' that has been approved through the College Senate. He runs directed studies each semester and year that are specifically aimed at utilizing mathematics in order to solve sustainability challenges on Geneseo’s campus, including rainwater harvesting, efficiency in compost buckets, and more. He has a strong focus on regenerative practices and responsibility and is always looking for new ways to make sustainability work on Geneseo’s campus."