Faculty & Staff

The distinguished accomplishments of the department's faculty have been recognized by national and international education and research organizations. Three of our professors have been distinguished by the Mathematics Association of America, and research has been supported by multiple foundations, as well as the Department of Energy, the National Security Agency, and the National Science Foundation.

Our foremost concern as a department is excellence in instruction, so we routinely bring our students into our work, fostering close, mentoring relationships, which is one of the benefits that comes from a small liberal arts school like Davidson.

Drew Ash

Drew Ash
Ph.D. University of Denver

I am a dynamist and my main research interest is in the study of minimal Cantor systems and invariants associated to orbit equivalence.

Irl Bivens

Irl Bivens
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

My specialties include differential geometry and analysis, and I regularly offer a history and problem-solving seminar.

Axel Brandt

Axel Brandt
Ph.D. University of Colorado at Denver

I am a graph theorist with research interests in both structural and extremal graph theory.

Tim Chartier

Tim Chartier
Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder

I teach applied mathematics, and occasionally my skills in this arena get me invited to field mathematical questions on the Sports Science program on ESPN.

Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
Ph.D. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

My interests center on abstract algebra, discrete mathematics, and computer science.

Laurie Heyer

Laurie Heyer (Chair, Mathematics & Computer Science)
Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder

I teach bioinformatics and regularly supervise student projects on the intersection of mathematics, biology, and computer science.

Doug Locke

Doug Locke
Ph.D. Carnegie-Mellon University

My research and technical interests cover real-time and embedded systems and software, programming languages, operating systems, database performance, execution scheduling, and related topics in Computer Science.

Hammurabi Mendes

Hammurabi Mendes
Ph.D. Brown University

I teach computer science courses, and my research centers on fault-tolerant distributed algorithms and computability, scalable concurrent systems, and protocols for non-volatile memory systems.

Donna Molinek

Donna Molinek (Coordinator, Applied Mathematics)
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

My teaching includes differential equations, dynamical systems, mathematical modeling, and topology, including applications in biology and neuroscience.

Michael Mossinghoff

Michael Mossinghoff
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

I teach various courses in mathematics and computer science. My research focuses on number theory, but also includes problems in combinatorics, analysis, and discrete geometry.

Rich Neidinger

Richard Neidinger
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

I focus on analysis and computer applications in mathematics, including fractals, chaos and topics in numerical analysis, especially the theory and implementation of automatic differentiation.

Tabitha Peck

Tabitha Peck
Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

I teach a wide variety of computer science courses. My research interests include computer graphics, virtual reality, human-computer interaction, 3D user interfaces, system design and evaluation, and human perception.

Raghuram Ramanujan

Raghu Ramanujan
Ph.D. Cornell University

I teach a variety of courses across the computer science curriculum. My research interests span multiple areas of artificial intelligence, including search, planning and machine learning.

Carlos Seminario

Carlos Seminario
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Charlotte

My teaching interests include computer science and my research interests include computer science education, recommender systems, and data mining.

Carl Yerger

Carl Yerger
Ph.D. Georgia Institute of Technology

My research and teaching interests are in structural graph theory, combinatorics and statistics with an emphasis towards applications in economics and sports analytics.

Staff

Vanessa Victor

Vanessa Victor
Administrative Assistant
A.S. Fisher College

With more than 20 years of experience in information technology, project management, business administration, and customer service, it has been my responsibility for more than a decade to assist 25 faculty members across multiple departments.