Professor of mathematics and Affiliate Professor of the Asian Studies Program
Research focus is finite element analysis. Received funding from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the National Science Foundation. Served as an associate editor of the SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis. Participated in various mathematics outreach efforts, from popular YouTube videos on such topics as infinity, to collaborations with high school teachers for STEM curriculum enhancement, to a “Mathematics in the Humanities” seminar co-taught at UMBC. Author of three prize winning novels: The Death of Vishnu (2001), The Age of Shiva (2008) and The City of Devi (2013) that have been translated into 27 languages. Named by Time Magazine as a “Person to Watch” in 2000 and received a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction in 2004. Actively involved as a mentor to the LGBTQ student community on campus.
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