Department Faculty

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Russell C. Bjork
Professor of Computer Science
Program Director, Computer Science

Russ received his BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from MIT in 1969. He also holds an MDiv from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary received in 1982.

Russ is a professor of computer science and has been at Gordon College since 1978. He teaches courses ranging from Introduction to Programming to Senior Seminar. He has a particular interest in the area of Artificial Intelligence and in the Prolog programming language.

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Karl-Dieter Crisman
Associate Professor of Mathematics

Karl-Dieter Crisman is a newly appointed member of the department, coming from the University of Chicago, where he did his graduate work in algebraic geometry. He has written several book reviews for Books and Culture on the relation between math and faith. He is interested in connections between music theory and math, as well as more traditional research areas, and wants ideas on what the perfect liberal arts core math course should be. For now, his web page is here.

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Irvin J. Levy
Professor of Chemistry and Computer Science

Irv is heavily involved in both the chemistry and computer science curricula. His current teaching assignment includes the year long sequence of Organic Chemistry and Computational Organic Chemistry, as well as Introduction to Computer Science, Understanding and Using Computers, Computers and Society, Programming Languages, Models of Computation and Data Networks. His major interests in computing involve the uses of computers to solve problems in the natural sciences, particularly in the area of chemical graph theory. To this end, he is a member of the American Chemical Society, with special emphasis in the Division of Computational Chemistry. Additionally, Irv is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

Irv is also actively engaged in issues relating to computers and society. He is a member of the ACM's special interest group (SIGCAS) on that topic and has served as a program committee member for the symposium entitled "Computers and the Quality of Life" held at the 1996 annual meeting of the ACM in Philadelphia. In May 1998 he served on the program committee of "ACM Computing Policy '98 Conference," in Washington, DC.

Irv's interests in the use of computer controlled equipment for the arts and entertainment domain led to a relationship with the Johnny Cash Show giving Irv the opportunity to participate in the production of 30 shows around the country.

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Jonathan R. Senning
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Jon received his Ph.D in applied mathematics from the University of Virginia in May 1992. His dissertation focused on domain decomposition methods for shared memory vector multiprocessors (e.g. Cray Y-MP).

Jon teaches courses in both mathematics and computer science including calculus, differential equations, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, numerical analysis, models of computation, operating systems and computer graphics.

In 1997 Jon started a project using Java, JavaScript and HTML to create a series of interactive modules to help teach linear algebra. Java is used to create animations and interactive applets that let the student explore the main concepts in the course and draw conclusions as a result of their explorations while JavaScript handles all the other interaction tasks. A snapshot of the project, named LAVA is available.

Jon is a member of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Association for Computing Machinery. He also enjoys tinkering with computers and administers the department's Unix and Linux workstations.

Since 1991 Jon has been an amateur radio operator, currently holding the callsign AA1GS. Previously he held the callsigns KD4GAG in Charlottesville, VA and N8UHS in Harpers Ferry, WV. Here is a link to his home page.

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Richard H. Stout
Professor of Mathematics

Dick is a member of the Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences and is currently serving on their board of directors. He is also a member of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society.

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Michael H. Veatch
Professor of Mathematics
Chair, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Mike received a B.A. in mathematics from Whitman College and a M.S. in operations research and statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received a Ph.D. in operations research from MIT in 1992. Prior to coming to Gordon he spent seven years in industry at The Analytic Sciences Corp., studying Air Force supply systems and other defense issues. His areas of interest are probability, statistics, and operations research.

Mike's home page contains links about his recent research.