Associate Professor of Computer Science
Adams Hall 207B
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Degrees: PHD, 1996, Rutgers Univ; BA, 1979, Wellesley Coll
I am an associate professor in the computer science department at Hofstra. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in 1979 from Wellesley College, with a major in mathematics. After I graduated I worked in a variety of jobs (mostly software engineering) in the United States, England and Canada. In 1989 I returned to full-time studies in the graduate program in mathematics at Rutgers University. I completed my Ph.D. in 1996. I joined the computer science faculty at Hofstra in 1999, after three years as an associate professor of mathematics at Tufts University.
My research interests are on the boundary of abstract algebra and theoretical computer science. Broadly speaking, I am interested in .nding ways that computer science can be brought to bear on open problems in a branch of abstract algebra called group theory. Some of my work is about finding fast algorithms for solving unsolved problems in the theory of infinite groups. Another area of interest is the use of formal language theory from computer science to understand the complexity of problems that arise in group theory.
In my teaching I am particularly interested in the development of innovative tools for empowering students to be independent, creative thinkers. I emphasize collaborative learning and the development of vibrant intellectual community.