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Meet the Mathematics Faculty

Paul Irwin

Chair of the Mathematics Department, Charles A. Dana Professor of Mathematics
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland
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I feel very fortunate to be teaching at Randolph College. I teach most mathematics courses on a rotating basis with other members of the department, and I also teach some elementary computer science courses. One of the things I enjoy most besides teaching and advising students is being the liaison to our junior-year-abroad program at the University of Reading, England - Randolph College Abroad: The World in Britain.

One of my interests is cryptanalysis (akin to codebreaking) and I wrote several computer programs that were included as a supplement in the third printing of the book Elementary Cryptanalysis by Abraham Sinkov.

I love to garden and enjoy the flowers and vegetables that result. I enjoy riding a bike for exercise in the early morning hours although Lynchburg, the City of Seven Hills, presents interesting challenges. And I love driving around in my convertible with the top down.

Martha Dasef

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.S. Alma College; M.S., Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Marc Ordower

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Ph.D., SUNY, Stony Brook

Dr. Ordower received his undergraduate degree with distinction at the University of Waterloo, where he was a Descartes Scholar, and his Ph.D. from State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received the 1994 Mathematics Department Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994 at Stony Brook. Dr. Ordower has both taught and directed the Mathematics Division at Duke University’s Talent Identification Program. He was a visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Texas A & M University before coming to Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 2002. He has published articles in the fields of Linear Algebra, Operator Theory, and Graph Theory.

While at Randolph College, Dr. Ordower has advised several successful candidates for Honors in Mathematics, directed Summer Research students in Mathematics, and administered the Virginia Tech and Putnam Mathematics Competitions at the College.

Jia Wan

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.S., University of Science and Techonology of China; Ph.D., University of Idaho

Jia is a new member in Mathematics Department. After earning a bachelor?s degree in China, Jia went to the University of Idaho and has been teaching college mathematics for seven years. She completed her Ph.D. degree in mathematics.

She is rewarded with Excellence in Teaching multiple times while teaching in University of Idaho and her presentation won the first place award for excellence in the Math Section at 93rd Annual Meeting of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science Pacific Division). Jia joins Randolph College since fall 2013 and is looking forward to teaching things she loves in mathematics.