Tim Chartier Professor of Mathematics
- Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder
- M.S., B.S. Western Michigan University
Areas of Expertise
- Bracketology, data analytics
I'm an applied mathematician with a focus in computer science, and I frequently work in data analytics with a specialty in sports analytics. I've worked with the NBA, ESPN's Sport Science, NASCAR teams, and fantasy sports sites. I also direct and work with a team of about two dozen student researchers to provide analytics to Davidson College sports teams.
In addition to my teaching and research, I coauthored Numerical Methods: Design, Analysis, and Computer Implementation of Algorithms with Anne Greenbaum and authored Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing, which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Both books were published by Princeton University Press. I also authored When Life is Linear: From Computer Graphics to Bracketology, published by the Mathematical Association of America, which won the Beckenbach Book Prize as a distinguished, innovative book.
I am a recipient of a national teaching award from the Mathematical Association of America. In addition to teaching at the college level, I have worked with Google and Pixar on their K-12 educational initiatives.
I also received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship for my research, and have served as an expert resource for a variety of media inquiries, including appearances with Bloomberg TV, NPR, the CBS Evening News, USA Today, and The New York Times.
I also serve as vice president of the Mathematical Association of America, and I served as the first chair of the Advisory Council for the National Museum of Mathematics.
A lot of sports tournament matchups are determined through brackets. Chartier teaches students how to create mathematical formulas/models to predict winners using bracketology and ranking, a system that has applications in many other fields.