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Dr. Clayton Shonkwiler joiins the Department of Mathematics faculty

Ken Klopfenstein

Dr. Clayton Shonkwiler joins the Department of Mathematics as an assistant professor also in the area of mathematical aspects of materials science. Dr. Shonkwiler received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. His thesis, "Poincare Duality Angles for Riemannian Manifolds with Boundary", was written under the advisement of co-advisors Dennis DeTurck and Herman Gluck. Dr. Shonkwiler's main research interest is in using geometric approaches to modeling physical systems. He is currently developing a (Riemannian and symplectic) geometric framework for understanding and simulating closed random walks, which are used to model ring polymers.

After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Shonkwiler was a visiting assistant professor at Haverford College, Haverford, Penn., from 2009-11. He was a visiting researcher at Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge, U.K. in 2012. He recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Georgia, in Athens, Ga., 2011-14.

This is something of a homecoming for Dr. Shonkwiler, who grew up in Colorado and still has family here. When not doing math, he enjoys making mathematical art, taking photographs, and skiing. You can find his office in 216 Weber. Stop by and welcome him to campus.

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