Math Department Welcomes New FacultySept. 7, 2010
On September 1, the annual fall faculty banquet was held at the Clifton House in Waco. Among the guests were the department's new faculty members Matthew Beauregard, Gail Brooks, Edward Burger, and Jonatan Lenells.
Matthew Beauregard is a new post doctoral visiting professor in the department. He joins us from the University of Arizona, where he earned his Ph.D. degree in 2008 under the supervision of Michael Tabor.
Matt's current interests in mathematics include numerical analysis, scientific computing, mathematical modeling, traffic flow, and continuum mechanics. His hobbies include triathlon competitions, reading, and spending time with his wife, Becca, and son Caleb.
Gail Brooks is a new part-time lecturer in the department. She earned her M.S. in mathematics at Baylor University in 1994 under the direction of Frank Mathis. Gail has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at McLennan Community College since 2002. Prior to her appointment at MCC, she taught at Bosqueville High School for five years.
Gail has led numerous professional development classes, workshops, and presentations regarding incorporating streaming media into the classroom. She has also won several teaching awards, including a Master Teacher award in 2001 from Intel. Besides being the proud mother of son, Jimmy, and daughter, Becky, Gail is a dedicated and successful marathon runner. She has placed among the top 3 overall female finishers in five marathons since 2008, including 2 first place finishes.
Edward B. Burger is the recipient of the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching and he will be in residence at Baylor for the fall semester. Ed is a Professor of Mathematics from Williams College where he is the Lissack Professor for Social Responsibility and Personal Ethics. Ed earned his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990. He is well recognized and highly respected throughout the world as both a first-rate research mathematician and a teacher extraordinaire.
Dr. Burger has won a number of national awards for his research and teaching. Among these honors are several from the Mathematical Association of America including their National Distinguished Teaching Award (2000), the Polya Lectureship (2001-2003), the Chauvenet Prize (2004) and the Lester R. Ford Award (2006).
Jonatan Lenells is a new Assistant Professor in the department. His research focuses on nonlinear partial differential equations and their applications to mathematical physics. After completing his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Lund University in Sweden in 2006, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2006-2007) and as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK (2007-2009). Before joining the Baylor faculty in 2010, he spent one year (2009-2010) at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz University in Germany.
Besides mathematics, he enjoys playing all kinds of sports: swimming, biking, table tennis, floorball, etc. He also likes playing piano and guitar, camping, juggling, and going to church. Interspersed with his doctoral studies, he spent a total of more than one year overseas with the organization Youth With A Mission, doing relief and missions work.