Frank Mathis

Professor of Mathematics
Associate Dean for Sciences


Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


A native of Dallas, Texas, Dr. Mathis has been at Baylor since 1981. He served as Graduate Program Director for Mathematics from 1996 to 2004, as Associate Chair from 2004 to 2009 and as Associate Dean for Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences since 2005. Prior to coming to Baylor he was a faculty member at Auburn University from 1976 to 1981 and a NASA/ASEE Summer Faculty Fellow at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama in 1980 and 1981.

Academic Interests and Research

Dr. Mathis' research is in the areas of numerical analysis, optimization, parameter estimation and inverse problems.

Former Graduate Students

Kent Riggs, An Analysis of a Two Predator and One Prey Model, MS, Baylor University, 2003

Gail Brooks, Wavelets with Application to Signal Analysis, MS, Baylor University, 1994

Hongmin Lu, Surface Approximation by Spline Smoothing and Generalized Cross-Validation, MS, Baylor University, 1991

Sara Barrett, Kriging - Interpolating Bivariate Data to Obtain a Smooth Surface, MS, Baylor University, 1989

Diane Taggert, Regression Analysis Applied to Cotton Fiber Maturity, Baylor University, 1986

Susan Hunt, An Interactive Spline Approximation Graphics Package, Baylor University, 1985

Limin Chu, A Difference Scheme with Adaptive Nonuniform Grid Points for Nonlinear Parabolic Problems, MS, Auburn University, 1982

Kuei-Hsia Chen Chu, A Comparison of Predictor-corrector Method and Three-level method with nonuniform Grid Points for Nonlinear Parabolic Problems, MS, Auburn University, 1982

Robert Will, Powell's Method and the Simplex Method of Nelder and Mead for Solving Unconstrained Minimization Problems without Calculating Derivatives, MS, Auburn University, 1981

Steve Deutschendorf, A Comparison of Three Methods for Estimating the Condition Number of a Real Matrix, MS, Auburn University, 1981

Fu Chin-Mei Kau, An Algorithm for Approximating Functions by Spline Interpolation with a Variable Mesh, MS, Auburn University, 1980

Tsun-Zee Mai, A Comparison of Three Multiplier Quasi-Newton Methods and their Application, MS, Auburn University, 1979


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