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A trefoil and its inverse cancelling in the knot-concordance group.

New Funding for Master's Degrees

The Department of Mathematics offers a variety of interdisciplinary accelerated 5-year BS/MS programs! Transition to the graduate program happens during the 4th year. Your Akron Guarantee Scholarship can be used in the first 4 years to cover both undergraduate and graduate expenses, and the Department has graduate assistantships available for the 5th year. Planning early is the key to success for these programs; for more information, visit 5-year Master's or contact Dr. Pat Wilber, Graduate Coordinator of the Math Department, at

You are in the right place for a great career!

The top 10 best jobs of 2018 and 2017 include mathematician, operations research analyst, actuary, statistician and one of the best paid but still most in demand for 2017: data scientist.

In 2018, Applied Mathematics was ranked among the top five valuable majors. Mathematician has often been rated the No. 1 career choice. Find out in person at some of our frequent career talks.

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Department Phone 
(330) 972-7400

Department Email

Department Fax 
(330) 374-8630 

Mailing Address 
Department of Mathematics 
Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences 
The University of Akron 
Akron, OH 44325-4002 

Department Office 
College of Arts and Sciences Building
Room 220

Department Chair 
Dr. Kevin Kreider 
(330) 972-6121 

Assistant  to the Chair
Ms. Pamela Hoover 
(330) 972-7401 


Graduate Coordinator 
Dr. Pat Wilber 
(330) 972-6994 

Undergraduate Coordinator 
Dr. J. P. Cossey 
(330) 972-8127 


webmaster: Dr Stefan Forcey

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Tenure Track Assistant Professor Position

The Department of Mathematics at The University of Akron invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in any application-oriented area of Mathematics that enhances the existing strengths of the department and the university. The possible areas include but are not limited to Applied Mathematics, Applied Analysis, Scientific Computing, Mathematics of Materials, Mathematical Biology, and Mathematics of Data Science. The job responsibilities include research and teaching at the university level. Preference will be given to candidates with a potential for collaboration with the members of the Department or across campus. Salary is commensurate with background and experience. Startup funds are available.


Applicants must possess a Ph.D. Degree in Mathematics or a closely related field by the time of employment and are expected to provide evidence of an active research program as well as evidence of teaching experience and interest in directing student research. Priority will be given to candidates with postdoctoral experience and demonstrated interest in pursuing external funding.


The department offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Applied Mathematics as well as an accelerated 5-year BS/MS program. Additional information about the department can be found at


The University of Akron is a state-assisted metropolitan university with approximately 19,000 students. The university is well-known for its world-class Polymer Science program as well as widely recognized departments in engineering, science, business, and education.


Applicants should submit an application letter, AMS cover sheet, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, unofficial copy of graduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should address teaching.


To apply, visit  References should be e-mailed to


Inquiries can be sent to Review of completed applications will begin on November 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.


The University of Akron is an equal education and employment institution.  It is the policy of this institution that there shall be no unlawful discrimination against any individual in employment or in its programs or activities at The University of Akron because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status as a veteran.  The University is also committed to the principles of affirmative action and acts in accordance with state and federal laws.


...reaches realistic solutions using abstract tools. We can create mathematical models at any scale — electrons, ecosystems, or economies. We can design new molecules for medicines and materials. We can optimize for efficient communication and secure networking. We can decode a genome and decipher its history. We can discover the best environmental and financial options.

Applied mathematicians use mathematics to solve problems in science and engineering. We set up systems of differential and functional equations, solve them directly or approximately via programming, and then apply the practical results. Theoretical mathematicians explore beyond the physical models. We create new mathematics by uncovering logical structures, geometries, patterns and symmetries.

With a degree in mathematics or applied mathematics you can work in virtually any field— in the public, academic and industrial sectors. Math majors have all the skills employers want!

Announcements for Spring 2020


Fall 2019

  • Nov. 14, 2019, 4:15 in CAS 139. Buckling Problems Motivated by Bilayer Graphene and other Layered Materials, a talk from Dr. Pat Wilber.
  • Oct. 21, 2019, 4:15 in CAS 139. Using five dimensions to identify a first cousin once removed: Phylogenetic Polytopes, a talk from Dr. Stefan Forcey.
  • Sept. 19, 2019, 4:15pm in CAS 139. From Nerve Net to Vortex Ring: A Computational Modeling Approach to Medusan Biomechanics, a talk from Dr. Alex Hoover.
  • The fall picnic was held Friday, October 11, 2019, 5:30 pm: The annual fall picnic at Sand Run Park Mingo Lodge (map) was hosted by the math student groups: PME, WIM and SIAM.

Spring 2019

  • April 5 and 6, 2019. We hosted the Spring Meeting of the Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America. Starting 1:15pm Friday April 5. For schedule and locations of talks and events, see the conference page.
  • Representatives from Search Discovery, a data analytics consulting agency, will be on campus this Friday 4/5/2019 to give a presentation entitled
    "Intro to Data Analytics & Marketing Consulting: Academia to Industry."
    Learn about applying your education to analytics and marketing in the real world.
    The presentation will be given by
    Andrew Ash, Data Engineer Rachel Starvaggi, Digital Marketing Analyst Alex Fitzpatrick, Digital Marketing Analyst Julie Shallman, Analytics Analyst
    The presentation will be held in CAS142 on Friday April 5th 2019 from 11-12.
  • Thanks for a great 2019 Mathematics Banquet, hosted by the student organizations WIM, SIAM and PME, at 6:00 pm on the evening of Friday, April 26th, 2019 in room A of the Quaker Plaza. All are invited!
  • Colloquium: Scott Schueller will speak on "Careers as a Quantitative Analyst: Math + Stats + Coding + Finance = Quant."
    Friday, March 8, 2019
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    CAS room 134
  • Engineering Talk: Thursday 3/7/2019 3pm-4 ASEC 122
    Carianne Martinez
    "Machine Learning Applications at Sandia National Laboratories"
  • Research Talk: Thursday 3/7/2019 3:45pm-4:45 CAS 135
    Hung Nguyen
    "From Symmetry to Group Theory and Representation Theory"

Math Headlines

What makes a great college professor?
Kevin Kreider and Susan Young teach math with humor and clarity — and that ranks them among the top 25 college professors in the nation – in a survey.
Mathematicians from around the world gathering at UA Oct. 20-21
The schedule will include 21 special sessions about mathematics and math education.
Math Department Poster Session

The Math Department's Eleventh Annual Poster Session will be held on Wednesday 30 November.  It will feature over 40 student research projects in a variety of mathematical areas.

Professor serves on U.S. energy committee
Dr. Joseph Wilder has been reappointed to another two-year term on a U.S. Department of Energy advisory committee, where he provides expertise in methane hydrate computer simulation.