Rawdon, Eric
Professor
Degree
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Office
OSS 216
Phone
(651) 9625558
Toll Free
(800) 3286819, Ext. 25558
Fax
6519625670
Email
Mail
OSS 201
Dr. Rawdon is a knot theorist with specific interest in understanding
knotting in physical systems. He is currently focusing on knotting
in open arcs, like those found in knotted proteins.
Education
19921997 The University of Iowa, Mathematics PhD, August 1997
Thesis advisor: Jonathan Simon
Dissertation title: Thickness of Polygonal Knots
19881992 St. Olaf College, Mathematics, BA, May 1992
Awards and Distinctions
National Science Foundation Grant, RUI: Theory and simulations of
knotting in physical and biological systems ranging from proteins to
glueballs, DMS #1115722 (20112014).
National Science Foundation Grant, RUI: Structure of Entanglement in Macromolecules, DMS #0810415 (20082011).
Distinguished Faculty Mentor of Undergraduate Mathematics Students Award, Allegheny Mountain Section of the MAA (2006)
Research Interests
Physical knot theory, polymers, knotted proteins, random knots,
tight knots, ropelength, knotting in physical systems.
Dissertation title: Thickness of Polygonal Knots
19881992 St. Olaf College, Mathematics, BA, May 1992
Awards and Distinctions
National Science Foundation Grant, RUI: Theory and simulations of
knotting in physical and biological systems ranging from proteins to
glueballs, DMS #1115722 (20112014).
National Science Foundation Grant, RUI: Structure of Entanglement in Macromolecules, DMS #0810415 (20082011).
Distinguished Faculty Mentor of Undergraduate Mathematics Students Award, Allegheny Mountain Section of the MAA (2006)
Research Interests
Physical knot theory, polymers, knotted proteins, random knots,
tight knots, ropelength, knotting in physical systems.
Fall 2016 Courses
Course  Section  Title  Days  Time  Location  

MATH 128  01  Intro to Discrete Math   T  R     0955  1135  OSS 313  
Description of course Genetics B/ Lab: 
CRN: 41953
4 Credit Hours
Instructor: Eric J. Rawdon
A survey of basic discrete mathematical concepts. Topics include: Boolean algebra, logic, analysis of algorithms, mathematical induction and matrices. Focus on applications to computer science. Offered Fall and Spring.
Prerequisite: MATH 111 or 113 or 109 (may be taken concurrently with consent of the instructor)
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Spring 2017 Courses
Course  Section  Title  Days  Time  Location  

MATH 100  01  Mathematical Sampler   T  R     0955  1135  OWS 251  
Description of course Genetics B/ Lab: 
CRN: 20161
4 Credit Hours
Instructor: Eric J. Rawdon
This survey of basic mathematical concepts includes both modern and historical perspectives. Emphasis is on the development and appreciation of mathematical ideas and their relationship to other disciplines. Topics include, among others: mathematical problemsolving, set theory, graph theory, an introduction to randomness, counting and probability, statistics and data exploration, measurement and symmetry, and recursion. This course satisfies the core curriculum requirement for a corearea course in mathematics.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Math 005 or placement of MATH 101 or above.
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