The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science is very pleased to welcome a new faculty member this fall.
Dr. May Mei defended her Ph.D. dissertation in June 2013 at the University of California, Irvine. She also earned her Masters degree from UC, Irvine, and earned her Bachelors degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Mei has lived exclusively in California until this summer, so the four seasons of our central Ohio weather should provide quite a change!
Dr. Mei’s research falls under the broad category of applied mathematics. In particular, Dr. Mei conducts research in the intersection of dynamical systems and mathematical physics. A dynamical system is what it sounds like - a system which is dynamical, that is, it evolves over time. This is a concept in mathematics that involves repeated iterations of a fixed rule. Dr. Mei has been studying uniformly hyperbolic, partially hyperbolic, and symbolic dynamical systems motivated by investigating spectral properties of mathematical operators arising in the study of quasicrystals. Her work is highly interdisciplinary in nature.
On her way to Denison, Dr. Mei spent this summer working with 14 undergraduate scholars in Cornell University’s Summer Mathematics Institute (SMI). Dr. Mei was a mentor and collaborator for these students as they pursued original research culminating in papers, posters, and public presentations.
We are delighted to have Dr. Mei join the Department!