Professor Jeff Stuart

Department of Mathematics
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA 98447 USA
(253) 535 7403
jeffrey (dot) stuart (at) plu (dot) edu

Since the fall of 2001, I have been on the faculty of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) where I am a full professor in the Department of Mathematics. Since July of 2010, I have been department chair. In addition to supervising all financial mathematics internships and capstone papers, I teach courses in mathematics, statistics and finance. Prior to moving to PLU, I spent fourteen years at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi where I was, at various times, an assistant, an associate and finally a full professor. Along the way, I have spent semester-long sabbaticals at the IMA at the University of Minnesota, at Georgia State University in Atlanta, at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, and at Washington State University in Pullman.

My doctoral training emphasized classical algebra, focusing on the interplay between matrix theory, combinatorics and graph theory. My Ph.D. minor was in linear and integer programming and convex analysis. I completed my Ph.D. in 1986 at the University of Wisconsin under the kind and supportive guidance of Professor Hans Schneider. In the years since completing my Ph.D., I have pursued additional interests in mathematical statistics, actuarial science and finance.

My current academic interests lie in five broad areas: combinatorial matrix theory, graph theory, linear algebra education, statistics, and financial risk modeling.

My nonacademic interests include singing (chamber music), hiking (Mt. Rainier), biking (flat roads, please), cooking (Mediterranean), and punning (the more appalling, the better).

For most of the 1990's, I served as the assistant treasurer for the International Linear Algebra Society (ILAS). For nine years (2000 2009), I was the secretary-treasurer of ILAS.

In my spare time, I help my wife home-school the fish in our pond and wrangle the herd of cats that roam our house.

See my current curriculum vitae .

See my course web pages and class notes and handouts.

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Last update: September 8, 2010.