Faculty

Full-Time Faculty


Cornelia Van Cott

Department Chair
(415) 422-4981

Cornelia Van Cott is a geometric topologist, studying knots, surfaces, and the interplay between three and four dimensional topology. She also enjoys talking to all ages (children through adults) about fun topics in mathematics. See her website.

Education:

PhD, Mathematics, Indiana University, 2008

Jennifer Chubb

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4693

My general research area is logic and computability theory, in particular computable structure theory. I am also studying quantum computing & quantum logic. More information at http://cs.usfca.edu/~jcchubb

Education:

PhD, Mathematics, George Washington University, 2009, MS, Applied Mathematics, George Mason University, 2003, BS, Physics & Applied Mathematics, George Mason University, 1999

Stephen Devlin

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6509

Stephen Devlin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and is the director of the Master’s in Data Science program (MSDS). He has also served as department chair and director of the undergraduate data science program. Stephen has a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College in New York, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Maryland. He was a C.L.E. Moore Instructor at MIT before moving to the University of San Francisco. His research interests...

Education:

PhD, Mathematics, University of Maryland, 2001

Renee Brunelle Hubert

Instructor
(415) 422-5903

Renee Brunelle Hubert has been fascinated by mathematics since a very young age. After graduating magna cum laude from USF with a BS in mathematics in 1994, she attended UC San Diego on a Cota Robles Fellowship, earning an MA in mathematics in 1997 with emphases in complex analysis and abstract algebra. She currently specializes in making mathematics accessible and exciting to non-majors, and investigating ways to integrate technology into the learning experience.

Education:

MA, Mathematics, University of California, San Diego, 1997

Paul Intrevado

Assistant Professor of Data Science
(415) 422-2527

Paul Intrevado is an Assistant Professor of Data Science in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. Paul is a co-director of the Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Gaming Intelligence and Computing at Scale (MAGICS) Lab. He previously served as the MS Data Science Practicum Director [2014-2017], and is the founding Associate Director of the Data Institute [2017]. Professor Intrevado’s research focuses on service operations, including healthcare, hospitality and sports. Most...

Education:

PhD, Operations Management, McGill University, MSc Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, BSc Industrial Engineering, Purdue University, Baccalaureate of Commerce, McGill University

Emille Lawrence

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4671

Emille D. Lawrence is a low-dimensional topologist. Her mathematical interests include braid groups, geometric group theory, and spatial graphs. She is also an advocate for broadening participation in the mathematical sciences through outreach and mentoring.

Education:

PhD, Mathematics, University of Georgia, 2007, BS, Mathematics, Spelman College, 2001

Tristan Needham

Professor
(415) 422-5616

Tristan Needham (son of the distinguished social anthropologist Rodney Needham) grew up in Oxford, England, where he attended the Dragon School (with Stephen Wolfram and Hugh Laurie). He studied physics at Merton College, Oxford, before moving to the Mathematical Institute, where he enjoyed the great privilege of studying black holes under the supervision of Sir Roger Penrose. Tristan received his DPhil in 1987, and joined the faculty of the University of San Francisco in 1989. His current...

Education:

DPhil, Mathematics, Oxford University, 1987

Daniel O'Connor

Assistant Professor

Daniel's research interests are in large scale optimization modeling and algorithms. His postdoctoral research in the UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology focused on applications of optimization in radiation therapy, medical imaging, and machine learning.

Education:

PhD, Mathematics, UCLA

Peter Pacheco

Professor
(415) 422-6630

Professor Pacheco's main research interest is parallel computing. He's been involved in the development of the MPI Standard for message-passing. His book Parallel Programming with MPI is an elementary introduction to programming parallel systems that use the MPI 1 library of extensions to C and Fortran. His book An Introduction to Parallel Programming is designed to teach inexperienced programmers how to program both shared- and distributed-memory parallel systems.

Education:

PhD, Mathematics, Florida State University, 1983

Expertise:

Parallel computing

John Stillwell

Professor
(415) 422-5054

John Stillwell was born in Melbourne, Australia, and taught at Monash University from 1970 until 2001, before moving to USF in 2002. He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1994, and his mathematical writing has been honored with the Chauvenet Prize of the Mathematical Association of America in 2005 and the book award of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in 2009. Among his best-known books are Mathematics and Its History (3rd edition,...

Education:

PhD, MIT, 1970

David Uminsky

Associate Professor, Mathematics; Director of the Data Institute
(415) 422-6637

David Uminsky's research interests are in applied mathematics. He is interested in unsupervised machine learning, data clustering, algebraic signal processing, as well as pattern formation, dynamical systems and fluids. David was selected in 2015 by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) as a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow. Each year, 100 researchers under the age of 45 are selected by the academy, and the 20% of the current NAS were previous Kavli Fellows. He is also the founding director...

Education:

PhD, Mathematics, Boston University, BS, Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College

Shan Wang

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-2966

Shan is an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco and currently teaching full time for USF's Data Science programs. Her research interests are nonparametric estimation, prediction models, and applied statistics. Shan also works closely with experts from different fields. She has experiences in NIH and NSF grants in cancer research and GIS. She holds a PhD in statistics from Purdue University (IUPUI campus) and a BS in mathematics from Fudan University in China.

Education:

PhD, Statistics, Purdue University, 2015, BS, Mathematics, Fudan University, 2009

James Wilson

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-6505

James is an Assistant Professor of Statistics and Co-Director of the BS in Data Science program at the University of San Francisco. He has joint appointments in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the MS in Data Science program, where he has developed and taught courses in Bayesian statistics, machine learning, data science, and network analysis. In research, James develops new statistical and computational techniques to model, analyze, and explore high-dimensional and relational (...

Education:

PhD, Statistics and Operations Research, University of North Carolina, 2015, MS, Mathematical Sciences, Clemson University, 2010, BS, Mathematics, Campbell University, 2008, BS, Chemistry, Campbell University, 2008

Stephen Yeung

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2187

Dynamical systems theory including coupled oscillators, Josephson junction arrays, injection lasers, sigma-delta data converters, and algorithmic analysis of microarray data

Education:

PhD, Mathematics, Cornell University, 1999

Paul Zeitz

Professor
(415) 422-6590

Originally trained as an ergodic theorist (PhD University of California, Berkeley, 1992), today Paul Zeitz's overriding interest is mathematical problem solving and the promulgation of an Eastern European-inspired problem-solving culture to American audiences. Towards this end, he wrote The Art and Craft of Problem Solving in 1998, co-founded the Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad in 1999, and co-founded the San Francisco Math Circle in 2005. In 2009 he produced a series of video lectures for The...

Education:

PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1992

Part-Time Faculty


Christian Kaegi

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-4322

I enjoy incorporating real-world examples and technology into my teaching to help bring the material to life and make it as relevant as possible to students’ experiences – past, present, and future. In the past, I taught high school math in San Francisco Unified School District, but most of my professional experience, including with mathematics and statistics, is in operating roles, both in the business world as well as in the education sector. In addition to teaching, I also am a strategy...

Education:

MBA, Accounting and Finance, the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, BA, Economics, Magna Cum Laude, Amherst College

Vera Klimkovsky

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6747

Vera Klimkovsky is an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco. She brings 20 years of teaching statistics, business analytics, and mathematics. Vera holds a BS in applied mathematics and an MA in mathematics. She has also undergone training at UC Berkeley’s Department of Public Health, and her research focused on simulation studies and implementation of multiple hypothesis testing procedures. Vera's goal is to share her passion for applied statistics and data science to help...

Education:

MA, Mathematics, San Francisco State University

Elizabeth Mickaily-Huber

Adjunct Professor

Although Professor Elizabeth Mickaily-Huber's degrees are in Chemical Engineering, her specialty is in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). She has worked on a large variety of projects using CFD for wind turbines, aerospace, polymer flows, biomedical, automobile, and other applications. Over the years, besides using CFD to solve real world problems, she has taught engineering and mathematics at the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, the Swiss Federal Institute of...

Education:

PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of California, San Diego, MS, Chemical Engineering, University of California, San Diego, BS, Chemical Engineering (Minor in French Literature), University of California, Berkeley

Lara Reichmann

Postdoctoral Fellow

Lara is an ecosystem ecologist interested in Data Science as a tool for minimizing the impacts of climate change. Her research addresses diverse topics including biofuels, phytoremediation, climate change, and the mechanisms of plant invasion. After completing her PhD, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Arizona State University, and another one at the Agricultural Research Service in Texas. Before coming to USF, Lara was the project manager for a phytoremediation project at UC Berkeley.

Education:

PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University ’11

Emeriti Faculty


Millianne Lehmann

Millianne Lehmann received her M.A. in Mathematics from San Francisco State University in 1963 and joined the USF faculty 1965. Her areas of interest include mathematics education and technology-assisted instruction in mathematics. She was project director for the USF Middle School Math Institute (an NSF-funded program from 1984–1986. She has co-authored four books, the latest of which, Quantitative Methods for Business, a Conceptual, Excel-Based Approach (co-authored with Paul Zeitz) will be...