Mathematics is of central importance in the sciences. In fact, mathematics has been called the language of science. This applies not only to the physical and biological sciences but increasingly to the social, managerial, and behavioral sciences as well.
Much of mathematics, and the mathematics major at Parkside, has been developed to meet the needs of the areas of human knowledge that it serves. In addition to its service role in other areas, mathematics occupies a place of its own in our intellectual heritage. From ancient Greece to our own times, people have been drawn to the elegant structure and the fascinating problems of mathematics.
Math majors choose from three concentrations
- Pure mathematics
- Applied mathematics
- Teaching (elementary and secondary school)
Courses are taught by dedicated professors, some of whom have won awards in teaching or research. The Mathematics Department faculty is committed to helping every student interested in the compelling field of math to succeed.
After joining UW-Parkside in 2016, Dr. Kandel has been named PI or Co-PI in over $2 million intra and extramural grants, including from the US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and UW System, by collaborating with researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed journal papers, 2 granted US patents, and 50 conference talks and poster presentations, many of which are with his students. In 2018, one of his patented inventions was applied to build the world's strongest superconducting magnet at the national high magnetic field laboratory, about 3,000 times stronger than a small refrigerator magnet. Stronger Superconducting magnets such as this are required to build high-energy particle accelerators and MRI machines.
Dr. Kandel's research program has included service to his department, college, university, and scientific community. He has mentored over 20 students at UW-Parkside and UW-Madison and has peer-reviewed substantial journal articles and grant proposals, including from the US Department of Energy. He has a track record of high-quality research and student mentorship, as evidenced by two first-place student awards in the 2021 WiSys/UW System Statewide Research and Innovation Competition and WiSys quick pitch competition and his two published works with his students in peer-reviewed journal papers. In addition, Dr. Kandel serves as the Academic Editor<i> </i>of<i> </i>an international journal paper,<i> Advances in Materials Science and Engineering,</i><i> </i>and<i> </i>as the<i> </i>Faculty Advisor<i> </i>to the<i> Parkside Journal of Science,</i> a Science Journal that showcases the scientific research conducted by faculty and students at UW-Parkside.
Dr. Kandel is an active American Physical Society (APS) member and has served as a judge, panelist, and moderator at local, regional, and statewide science and engineering fairs, conferences, workshops, and symposiums. He is also significantly involved in educational outreach in southeast Wisconsin, including judging the science Fairs, inviting K-12 students and teachers to his lab, and actively participating in the GEMS (Girls Empowerment in Math and Science) workshops.
When not engaging matters mathematical, Karwatka enjoys music, art, and history, especially that of the monarchies from which his ancestors emerged. He is a particular fan of the Habsburg Empire in all its incarnations and would gladly go on and on about it for hours if given the opportunity.
Bom Soo Kim received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and his B.S. in astronomy from Yonsei University. He trained as a postdoctoral researcher in a joint appointment with IESL-FORTH and the University of Crete and then at Tel Aviv University. He previously worked as a teaching postdoc at the University of Kentucky and as a full time Lecturer at Loyola University Maryland. He is excited to share his experiences working at academic institutions with different cultures and to further collaborate in his research and teaching with students and faculty members at UW-Parkside.
Qinghua Luo received her Ph.D. in Mathematics and M.Ed in Mathematics Education at the University of Oklahoma, and her B.S. in Mathematics from Zhejiang University in China. Before she joined Parkside in 2019, she taught at the Marian University, which is a liberal arts college located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She is excited to share her knowledge and experiences in mathematics and math education with her students and colleagues.