Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Iyad Ajwa

203, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5798
iajwa@ashland.edu
Dr. Iyad Ajwa earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; a Master of Science in mathematics and a Master of Science in computer science from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and Doctor of Philosophy in computer science from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Dr. Ajwa joined Ashland University in 1997. He has taught a variety of computer science courses... Read More

Cassandra Brown
Administrative Assistant

419.289.5790
cbrown44@ashland.edu
Cassandra (Cassy) Brown is the administrative assistant to the departments of art and mathematics & computer sciences. She is an Ashland-area native with a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications and master's of science in horticulture and crop sciences from The Ohio State Univeristy. Cassy lives in the Miffin area with her husband and two middle school children. Cassy's favorite activity is spending... Read More

Dr. Paul Cao

205, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5960
pcao@ashland.edu
Dr. Paul Cao earned his Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology from China in 2001, and his M.S. and doctor degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Duke University, Durham, NC in 2003 and 2006, respectively. He joined Ashland University in Fall 2008 following a year in Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH and a year in North Carolina Central University,... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/pcao/
Dr. Tom Dence

216, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5262
tdence@ashland.edu
Dr. Thomas Dence earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio; a master of art degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado; and doctor of philosophy degree in mathematics from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado. Dr. Dence joined Ashland University in 1984. He was the chairman of the department of mathematics and... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/tdence/
Dr. Boris Kerkez

206, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5833
bkerkez@ashland.edu
Dr. Kerkez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in systems analysis, a Master of Science degree in mathematics and statistics from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and a doctor of philosophy degree in computer science from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Kerkez joined Ashland University in 2003. He has taught a variety of computer science courses including Computer Programming I, Data Structures and... Read More

Dr. Maduka Rupasinghe

213, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.6759
mrupasin@ashland.edu
Dr. Maduka Rupasinghe is an assistant professor of mathematics.  He received a B.S. degree in business, finance and computational mathematics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Dr. Rupasinghe went on to graduate school at Missouri University of Science and Technology where he recently obtained a Ph.D. in mathematics with a statistics emphasis.  His research interests lie in the areas of statistics,... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/mrupasin/
Dr. Cathy Stoffer

213, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5947
cstoffer@ashland.edu
Dr. Cathy Stoffer earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio; a master of arts in mathematics from John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio; and doctor of philosophy degree in mathematics education from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Dr. Stoffer joined Ashland University in 1984. She was the chairwoman of the department of mathematics and computer science between... Read More

Dr. Gordon Swain

208, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5263
gswain@ashland.edu
Dr. Gordon Swain, professor of mathematics, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1994. In addition to teaching a large variety of mathematics courses, including statistics, calculus, linear and abstract algebra, he is active in college and university governance. He served as chair of the department of mathematics and computer science from 2001-2007, and was also the 2001 recipient of the Taylor Excellence in... Read More

Dr. Christopher Swanson

209, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5264
cswanson@ashland.edu
Dr. Christopher N. Swanson, associate professor of mathematics and director of the Honors Program, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1999. He is the developer of Ashland University's actuarial science major, advisor to Ashland University's Ohio Rho chapter of the national mathematics honorary Pi Mu Epsilon, advisor to Ashland University's team for the national William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/cswanson/
Dr. Vickie VanDresar

210, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5265
vvandres@ashland.edu
Dr. Vickie Van Dresar earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia; a master of science in mathematics from the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio; and a doctor of philosophy degree in educational mathematics from University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado. Dr. Van Dresar joined Ashland University in 1996. She has taught a variety of mathematics courses including... Read More

Dr. Darren Wick
Chair
207, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5795
dwick@ashland.edu
Dr. Darren D. Wick received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University; a master of science degree in mathematics from Utah State University; and a doctor of philosophy degree in mathematics from the University of Oregon. Dr. Wick came to Ashland University in 2000 following five years as a member of the department of mathematics at Millsaps College. He has taught a wide variety of... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/dwick/
Dr. Justin Young

214, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5613
jyoung19@ashland.edu
Dr. Justin N. Young earned a bachelor of arts in physics and bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in mathematics from The Ohio State University. Dr. Young was awarded an NSF VIGRE Fellowship at The Ohio State University from 2003-2008. His research interests include automorphic forms, L-functions, representation theory and number theory. Dr. Young has taught a variety of... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/jyoung19/