January 23, 2021

Konieczny Publishes His 50th Research Article

Professor of Mathematics Janusz Konieczny

Professor of Mathematics Janusz Konieczny

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, published a research article, The structure of centralizers in the finite symmetric inverse semigroup, in the journal Communications in Algebra. This research was supported by a 2018–19 University of Mary Washington Faculty Research Grant.

Konieczny has published 50 research articles in 29 mathematics journals, including Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Journal of Algebra, European Journal of Combinatorics, Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society, and Israel Journal of Mathematics.

Esunge, Mathematics Department Host ‘The Life of a Mathematician’ Inaugural Talk

Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics Julius Esunge

Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics Julius Esunge

The Department of Mathematics hosted the inaugural talk in its new colloquium series, The Life of a Mathematician. This initiative of the new chair of mathematics, Professor Julius Esunge, featured Professor Larry Lehman as the speaker, with several students, alumni and colleagues in attendance. The series aims at addressing such pertinent matters as the factors that contributed towards the career choices of mathematics faculty, the tools they use in their research and the relevance of their work.

Professor Lehman who is in his 35th year at UMW presented a leisurely and engaging talk. The series continues in the spring with Professor Marie Sheckels as the speaker. This series will showcase the excellent work and background of departmental colleagues with a view to encouraging students.

Konieczny Publishes in Semigroup Forum

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, co-authored a research article, Semigroups of partial transformations with kernel and image restricted by an equivalence, published in the journal Semigroup Forum.

Lee Publishes Research Article in Applied Mathematics and Computation

Professor of Mathematics Leo Lee

Professor of Mathematics Leo Lee

Professor of Mathematics Leo Lee saw the recent publication of his paper “A Domain Decomposition Algorithm for Optimal Control Problems Governed by Elliptic PDEs with Random Inputs” in the Journal of the Applied Mathematics and Computation.

Summer Science Symposium Showcases Student Research

Temperatures soared yesterday, but Allison Grant was cool and calm as she explained how climate change has disproportionately affected low income neighborhoods that are impacted to a greater degree by heat. “Redlining was outlawed over 50 years ago,” said the UMW senior, citing the discriminatory lending practice that prevented minorities from purchasing homes. “Yet it […]

Alumna, COO Scales Cybersecurity Career

Megan Carter Shepherd ’94 double majored in math and computer science while also breaking records for the Mary Washington swim team. She’s now the COO of SimVentions, an engineering services company in Stafford.

Megan Carter Shepherd ’94 double majored in math and computer science while also breaking records for the Mary Washington swim team. She’s now the COO of SimVentions, an engineering services company in Stafford.

Throughout her four-year college career, Megan Carter Shepherd ’94 broke records with the Mary Washington swim team, winning championships and earning a top spot in the Capital Athletic Conference.

“Cybersecurity wasn’t even something that was discussed when I first graduated,” Shepherd said of her field, which employs only about 20 percent women, according to Cybersecurity Ventures. “Now it’s at the forefront of everything.”

But Goolrick Pool wasn’t the only place she made a splash. Double majoring in math and computer science, Shepherd dove into numbers, equations and formulas – expertise she relies on in her new role as chief operating officer of SimVentions. The Stafford-based engineering services company counts the Navy, Marine Corps and NSWC Dahlgren as customers. Protecting clients’ data, assets and information is more important than ever, she said, since many organizations have shifted to telework due to COVID-19.

She encourages those beginning their careers to secure a cybersecurity certification, like the one UMW introduced last fall. She also recommends finding a mentor and establishing relationships with professors like the ones she found at Mary Washington. Read more.

Alumna, COO Scales Cybersecurity Career

Throughout her four-year college career, Megan Carter Shepherd ’94 broke records with the Mary Washington swim team, winning championships and earning a top spot in the Capital Athletic Conference. But Goolrick Pool wasn’t the only place she made a splash. Double majoring in math and computer science, Shepherd dove into numbers, equations and formulas – […]

Alumna, COO Scales Cybersecurity Career

Throughout her four-year college career, Megan Carter Shepherd ’94 broke records with the Mary Washington swim team, winning championships and earning a top spot in the Capital Athletic Conference. But Goolrick Pool wasn’t the only place she made a splash. Double majoring in math and computer science, Shepherd dove into numbers, equations and formulas – […]

Chiang Published Article in MJM in Europe

Yuan-Jen Chiang, Professor of Mathematics, published a research article “Exponentially Harmonic Maps, Gauss Maps and Gauss Sections” in the Mediterranean Journal of Mathematics in Europe.

Professor of Mathematics Yuan-Jen Chiang

Lee Assists Fredericksburg-Area Health Officials with Charts of Local COVID-19 Cases

Associate Professor of Mathematics Leo Lee

Associate Professor of Mathematics Leo Lee

An article in The Free Lance-Star, “Fredericksburg-area health officials say ‘worst is probably still ahead of us’,” mentioned the contributions of Associate Professor of Mathematics Leo Lee, who is working with Dr. Donald Stern, acting director of Rappahannock Area Health District, to develop charts that show “the true number of new cases” locally. Health experts in Virginia have said we still have yet to see the peak and are projecting even higher numbers of diagnoses in the coming weeks. Read more.