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Faculty Profile

Dick Forrester

Professor of Mathematics (2002)

Contact Information

Tome Scientific Building Room 235


His scholarship is at the interface of operations research and computer science. Operations research is a scientific approach to analyzing problems and making decisions, usually under conditions requiring the allocation of scare resources. The majority of his research has centered around the development of techniques for solving problems that can be modeled as nonlinear 0-1 programs. He is also interested in modeling and analyzing real world problems. As an applied mathematician, his teaching interests primarily center around statistics, operations research, and computational mathematics. He also regularly teaches discrete mathematics and linear algebra, and occasionally teach analysis of algorithms.

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., Alfred University, 1995
  • M.S., Clemson University, 1997
  • Ph.D., 2002

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

MATH 121 Elementary Statistics
An introduction to the science of collecting, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data. The focus is on data presentation and statistical reasoning based upon the analysis of data sets. Topics include the study of sampling methods, observational and experimental studies, graphical and numerical summaries of data, probability, sampling distributions, significance testing, estimation, and simple linear regression. Does not count toward the major or minor in mathematics.Students cannot take this course concurrently with 225. Students who have received credit for 225 cannot take this course for credit. Offered every semester.

COMP 241 Numerical Methods
Cross-listed with MATH 241-01.

COMP 241 Numerical Methods
Cross-listed with MATH 241-02.

MATH 241 Numerical Methods
Cross-listed with COMP 241-01.

MATH 241 Numerical Methods
Cross-listed with COMP 241-02.