I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics in the Mathematics Department at Shippensburg University. Originally from Southern Ohio, I earned my BA in Mathematics from Berea College in 2002 with minors in Music and Computer Science, and then my PhD in Mathematics from Purdue University in 2009. I have been at Shippensburg University since completing my doctoral work at Purdue.
I was trained as a commutative algebraist under the direction of William Heinzer, and primarily study the role of numerical semigroups as they relate to ring-theoretic properties and the factorization theory of monoids. Much of my work has been conducted with my department colleague James Hamblin. I am also interested in working with data, and I help various campus committees with surveys and course assesmments. To better help students use data in a variety of disciplines, I worked with colleagues to develop a new data science minor at Shippensburg University, and I will be teaching Data Science I and II on a regular basis starting in Spring 2017.
Lastly, I really enjoy mathematical exploration and problem solving. I have been the lead organizer for the annual Shippensburg University Math & Computer Science Day event since 2010. For this event we welcome around 100 high school students to campus to take part in mathematics and computer science competitions. In 2016, we added a Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival. With my wife Sarah N. Bryant, I cofounded the Shippensburg Area Math Circle in 2014. This is an extracurricular program for local 4th and 5th graders that aims to show them beautiful mathematical ideas and encourage them to undertake future careers linked with mathematics.