Michael Saum

Dr. Michael Saum

Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Biography

Prior to joining the Georgia Gwinnett College faculty in 2010 as an assistant professor of mathematics, Dr. Michael Saum worked in jobs ranging from counting neutrons in the nuclear industry to computer consulting. Saum finally settled into an academic career path, obtaining an M.S. in mathematics from Ohio University in 1999 and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2006. Two post-doctoral research appointments at UTK involved the development of kinetic Monte-Carlo methods applied to simulating epitaxial growth of crystals and the development of Markov-Chain Monte-Carlo methods applied to bioinformatics problems, respectively.

Saum enjoys working in all areas of applied mathematics and has also done research in chaotic dynamical systems, mathematical evolutionary theory and discontinuous Galerkin finite element methods. Other academic interests include parallel programming and application performance optimization.

Saum also enjoys hitting and chasing a little white ball around large and well manicured fields of grass, when he has time. Saum relishes the challenge of communicating mathematical concepts to students in a clear and concise manner, and works very hard to ensure that students are well prepared for achieving success when they take the next step in their career path.

Education

  • Doctorate – mathematics – University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Master's – mathematics – Ohio University
  • Bachelor's – mathematics – Capital University

Academic Interests

  • Numerical analysis
  • Implementation of numerical algorithms
  • Monte Carlo methods

Distinctions

  • Dorothea & Edgar D. Eaves Teaching Award

Professional Affiliations