Assistant Professor of Mathematics
In August 2018, I will begin my first year as Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Quinnipiac University. As I transition from Visiting to Tenure-Track, I will continue to teach courses on statistics to students across multiple disciplines, conduct research on quantitative methods, and provide statistical support on research performed by Quinnipiac faculty and their students.
Prior to joining the Quinnipiac community, I enjoyed a successful career in business as a champion of Applied Statistics, Business Intelligence, and Operational Excellence. My accomplishments include developing state-of-the-art dashboards for the world’s number one hedge fund, transforming the culture of a global medical device manufacturer, managing information for a celebrated consumer testing organization, and creating a leading statistical software application.
My vision and passion are one and the same – to enable individuals and organizations to discover the truth in their data in order to make better decisions. Some call me a “numbers guy”, while others call me a “people person”. In reality, I often mix both colors on my palette as I teach, coach, and mentor anyone regardless of their experience to effectively “paint by number” and tell a story worth “a thousand words.”
Above all, I am committed to helping people celebrate the diversity of their individuality and ensure their full inclusion as a member of society. To those with abilities such as sight, speech, and mobility it may seem that those who cannot see, talk, or walk are “dis”-abled. I disagree. Our differences do not separate us. Rather, they unite us through our shared desire to learn and do something new, fulfilling, and fun.
“We each carry with us unique gifts, recognized and unrecognized.
We long to harness those gifts in a way that gives life significance
and helps us to matter more in the lives of others.”
― Tom Hayes
To learn more about me, please view my LinkedIn profile at linkedin.com/in/davidburnphd.
Associate Teaching Professor of Mathematics & Service Course Coordinator for Mathematics
Professor Hollman is an Associate Teaching Professor of Mathematics for the Department of Mathematics. You will usually see her in the classroom teaching a Calculus course, but she has been known to teach Contemporary Mathematics, College Algebra, as well as a Masters in Teaching Mathematics content course, Problem Solving. In her classroom, Professor Hollman hopes to share an enthusiasm of mathematics with her students, exciting those to ask more questions and work harder in the future.
If you have any questions regarding your Mathematics Placement level, Professor Hollman is the person to contact. She has run the math placement exam since 2012. She is also the Service Course Coordinator for Mathematics; developing and supervising the math courses for all of the majors throughout the University, such as Biostatistics, Statistics for the Behavioral Science, Probability and Data Analysis, Pre-Calculus, Contemporary Mathematics, College Algebra, and Basic Algebra.
Professor Hollman received a BS in both Mathematics and Computer Science from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She went onto the University of Connecticut where she received both a Ph.D. and a M.S. in Mathematics. After completing her research at the UCONN, Professor Hollman was a Visiting Professor of Mathematics at Trinity College. In 2010, she came to Quinnipiac University and has been here ever since.
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Associate Professor Mathematics
Jill Shahverdian is an Associate Professor of Mathematics. She enjoys teaching a variety of mathematics courses, including Contemporary Mathematics, Calculus, Foundations of Advanced Mathematics, Abstract Algebra, Euclidean and non-Euclidean Geometry, Historical Perspectives of Mathematics, and Complex Variables.
Dr. Shahverdian is originally from Bristol, Connecticut. She graduated from Bates College with a B.A. in Mathematics and minors in Music, Anthropology, and Women’s Studies. She then moved to the midwest to attend Northern Illinois University where she completed an M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics, with research in non-commutative ring theory. She joined Quinnipiac University in 2003.
K. James Soda
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
James Soda is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics. His teaching interests focus on applied statistics and probability, data science, and computational mathematics. Two of his main goals as an educator are to provide his students with the quantitative tools that they will need to succeed and to foster their development into young professionals. To do so, he endeavors to provide a learning environment where students can explore the fascinating world of data with confidence and without fear of judgement.
Dr. Soda received a BS in Biology from Western Washington University, as well as a MA in Ecology and Evolution from Stony Brook University. After a slight shift in research interests, he completed a MS and PhD in Computation Science from Florida State University. Upon completing his degree, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Notre Dame for two years before joining the faculty at Quinnipiac in 2019.
His research interests broadly surround statistical and mathematical methods to answer questions in ecology, evolution, and medicine. He has particularly focused on methods for calibrating agent-based models in epidemiology to real-world reference data and on geometric morphometric methods, a sub-field of biostatistics that numerically describes and analyzes the (similarity) shapes of biological specimens. Relating to this latter interest, he is also the interim moderator for the popular Morphmet mailing list and forum (see https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/morphmet2 for more details).