Mathematics research – with grants from agencies such as the National Science Foundation – is an area of particular strength at CMU. The scholarly interests of faculty members include:
- Algebra and algebraic geometry
- Applied mathematics
- Approximation theory
- Combinatorics and graph theory
- Computational and polymer fluid dynamics
- Differential geometry
- Functional analysis and operator theory
- Mathematics education
- Number theory
Central Michigan University Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Debraj Chakrabarti, was recently awarded a Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant. Supported by the Simons Foundation's Division for Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Simons Foundation Collaboration Grants support the 'mathematical marketplace' by stimulating collaboration between accomplished mathematicians actively participating in research through the funding of travel and travel related expenditures.
With this grant, Dr. Chakrabarti and his collaborators: Dr. Mei-Chi Shaw, Mathematics Professor at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Yunus Zeytuncu, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan at Dearborn, Dr. Rasul Shafikov, Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, Dr. Christine Laurent, Mathematics Professor at Joseph Fourier University/University of Grenoble I, France, and Dr. Siqi Fu, Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University, will continue their collaborative research on the functions of Several Complex Variables.
"This is a generalization of the calculus of several variables that we teach at CMU to math and science students," said Dr. Chakrabarti. "The main difference is the introduction of a new kind of number called a complex number instead of the everyday 'real numbers' used in calculus. An example of a complex number is the square root of negative one. While there is no real number whose square is negative, there is a complex number with this property."
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