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John Ramsay

John R. Ramsay

Professor and Associate Dean of Experiential Learning

Department/Affiliation: Mathematics, Experiential Learning
Phone: 330-263-2579
Office Address: 306 Taylor


  • B.A., Berea 1980
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin Madison 1984
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Madison 1987

Director of AMRE. AMRE is a summer consulting and research program that pairs student teams with a business, industry or research opportunity.

Associate Dean of Experiential Learning: APEX Advising, Planning, and Experiential Learning

Courses Taught at Wooster

  • Calculus & Analytical Geometry I
  • Calculus & Analytical Geometry II
  • Introduction to Topology
  • Operations Research
  • Linear Algebra
  • Problem Seminar
  • Multivariate Calculus

Recent Senior Theses Advised

  • The Gift that Keeps on Taking: Modelling the Impact of a Natural Resource Shock on an Economy (Rutendo Ruzvidzo, Math and Economics, 2013)
  • The Machete Number (David Freund, 2013)
  • Predictive Analytics on First Year Retention at The College of Wooster (John Angelo, 2013)
  • Quantum Gravity: Exploring the Causal Dynamic Triangulation Approach (Norman Israel, Math and CS, 2012)
  • Making Money Making Sense: An Analysis of the Modern Portfolio Theory and Performance of Alternative Risk Measures (Nancy Tinoza, Math and Business Economics, 2012)
  • The Wooster Model: A Staff Scheduling Problem with an Application to Student Activities (Hannah Dauber, 2012)
  • Demographic Effects on Automobile Insurance Compensation and the Negotiation Process (Bryan McDonald, 2011)
  • Exploring the Branch-and-Cut Algorithm (Itai Njanji, Math and CS, 2011)
  • Printed Circuit Board Layout Optimization (Sean Twining, 2011)
  • Investigation of Mathematical Models in Urban Transit Systems (Samuel Hickey, 2009)
  • Classification of Surfaces (Natalie Offen, 2009)
  • Water Treatment Planning in the Willamette River Basin (Sheldon Masters, 2009)
  • Insulin Spherulite Growth and Algebraic Topology (Evan Heidtmann, Math and Physics, 2009)

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Mathematical Association of America
  • American Mathematical Society
  • ACMS

Publications (*student co-author)

  • Freund, David*, Smith-Polderman, Sarah*, "Klein Links and Braids".  Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal. Volume 14, No. 1, 2013. (Paper authored by Dr. Ramsay's Knot Theory research students)
  • "The Circle Squaring Problem Decomposed," with Pamela Pierce, Hannah Roberts*, Nancy Tinoza*, Jeffrey Willert*, and Wenyuan Wu*, Math Horizons, November 2009.
  • "An Improved 2n-gon to Square Dissection Method," with Hannah Roberts* and Nancy Tinoza*, Proceedings of the Midstates Conference for Undergraduate Research in Computer Science and Mathematics, November 2009.
  • "Making the Math Major Work for the Under-Prepared Student," with Pamela Pierce, Laura Taalman and Bonnie Gold, MAA Focus 28 number 4, April 2008.
  • “Creating Service-Learning Experience in an Experiential Learning Environment,” Service Learning in Mathematics, MAA Notes Series/AAHE Series on Service Learning, 2005.