Michael J. Pelsmajer
Pelsmajer

Associate Professor
Department of Applied Mathematics
Illinois Institute of Technology

Contact Information (IIT-AMATH webpage)

Research and c.v.
Teaching
Meetings organized:
Graph Drawing 2009
MIGHTY XLVII, November 8, 2008
Buckfest: A conference in honor of F.R. "Buck" McMorris May 9-10, 2008
October 5-6, 2007 Special Session on Graph Theory, AMS Central Section Meeting
For IIT undergraduates
Whatever

Area of interest and specialization: Graph theory, combinatorics, and applications.

Papers (HTML,April 2011)
Curriculum Vitae (pdf,October 2007)
Research Summary (pdf,October 2007)

Open Problems from MIGHTY LI Symposium, April 15, 2011. My talk: [SLIDES]. (Update: we recently answered Q3, "No".) More details in papers: [published versions] [alternatives]. Two nice surveys with open questions [one] [two].


Teaching

Spring 2014
Math 152-03: Calculus II
Fall 2013
Math 151-01 and 151-02: Calculus I
Math 497: Advanced Problem Solving syllabus/flier co-taught with John Erickson
Spring 2013
Math 431-01: Applied Algebra II
Math 230-01: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics.
Spring 2012
Math 151-01: Calculus I
Math 230-01: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics.
Fall 2011
Math 151-02: Calculus I
Math 454/Math 553 Graph Theory and Applications/Discrete Applied Mathematics I
Spring 2011, on sabbatical
Fall 2010, on sabbatical at EPFL
Spring 2010
Math 230-01: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics.
Fall 2009
Math 151-04 and Math 151-06: Calculus I
Spring 2009
Math 152-02: Calculus II
IPRO 330: Dynamic and Contemporary Science Fair Projects for Chicago Public Schools with Greg Fasshauer (see [Science Fair Extravaganza][igroups]).
Fall 2008
Math 151-005: Calculus I
Math 454 and Math 553: Graph Theory and Applications, and Discrete Applied Mathematics I
IPRO 330: Dynamic and Contemporary Science Fair Projects for Chicago Public Schools with Greg Fasshauer (see [Science Fair Extravaganza][igroups]).
Spring 2008
I taught Math 453: Combinatorics, and co-supervising IPRO 330: Dynamic and Contemporary Science Fair Projects for Chicago Public Schools with Greg Fasshauer (see [Science Fair Extravaganza][igroups]).
Fall 2007
I am teaching Math 151-007: Calculus I, and leading the team-taught course Math 100: Introduction to the Profession (also see Fasshauer's Math 100 webpage). I also am the faculty (co)advisor for IPRO 330 Dynamic and Contemporary Science Fair Projects for Chicago Public Schools (see the website developed in Spring 2007).
Spring 2007
Math 230-001: Introduction to Discrete Mathematics.
IPRO 330: Dynamic and Contemporary Science Fair Projects for Chicago Public Schools (only co-taught/consulted).
Fall 2006
MATH 151-003: a section of Calculus I,
MATH 454: Graph Theory and Applications,
MATH 553: Discrete Applied Mathematics I (MATH 454 plus more), and
a good portion of Math 100: Introduction to the Profession.
Spring 2006
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics: MATH 230-001 and Combinatorics: MATH 453-001.
Fall 2005
Calculus I, and Discrete Applied Mathematics I: MATH 553-001 using Van Lint and Wilson's "A Course In Combinatorics", supplemented (in effect) by West's "Graph Theory" and Cameron's "Combinatorics".
Spring 2006
Introduction to Discrete Mathematics: Math 230-001 and Combinatorics: Math 453-001.
Fall 2004
Calculus II: Math 152-001 and Graph Theory and Applications: Math 454-001.
Fall 2003 and Spring 2004
Discrete Applied Mathematics I and II.
Spring 2003
Math 454: Graph Theory and Applications.
Fall 2002
Calculus: Math 151-002 and Math 151-003.
Long Ago
Various classes at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (as a graduate student)

Undergraduate Research: Start here

If I have already agreed to write a recommendation for you...

Writing

If you're writing essays, say, for applications, consider the IIT Writing Center. (This is different from the Academic Resource Center, which is where you go for help with math classes.) For any writing associated with seeking employment: Career Management Center

For professional-looking mathematical documents, use LaTeX (or TeX) with a text editor. For MS Windows, try WinEdt with MiKTeX.

Stuff

Not totally unfamiliar. Be sure to sleep enough before an exam.

From the front page of the Metro Section of the Chicago Tribune, Sept 22, 2008
I'm glad that they didn't take a picture when I stopped and walked.

Mom stealing a torah

A nice Mathematical Reading list, with comments. (I found it here.)

I don't have a blog, but here are some that I sometimes read: [blog] [blog] [blog] [blog]

Rather reliable and easy math symbols in HTML, and useful links.

I got an award.

Pandora, Deezer

MathSciNet (Quick Search) (Full Search)

a dictionary

Custom Window Treatments!

During the broadcast of the radio show "Whad'Ya Know", the host, Michael Feldman, comes down into the audience to take questions from people. Including my mother. (March 25, 2006 - Part 3, starting around 24:30)

Not so recent pictures of my brother, Burny:
at such a distance that I can barely recognize him
closer, but still I can barely recognize him ...it's hard to believe that we are related.
He rocks.

How I spent my summer vacations.
Mighty powers of a 6 year old

Serenade
My cousin's kids. Natch.

Mi Sopa