John R. Ramsay
Professor of Mathematics; Associate Dean for Experiential Learning
Department/Affiliation: APEX, Experiential Learning, Mathematics
Office Address: 306 Taylor; 036 Gault Library
- 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
- Legalization of Prostitution and Its Impact on the Market for Human Trafficking (Varunavi Newar, Math and Business Economics, 2016)
- Topological Defects in Nematic Liquid Crystals and the Behavior Induced by Adding Polystyrene Microspheres to 5CB (Joseph Smith, Math and Physics, 2015)
- Stopping Segregation: Using a Mathematical Model to Racially Balance Schools in the 1970s (Paula Trautvetter, 2015)
- Universe from Scratch: Exploring Quantum Gravity in 2+1 Dimensions Using the Causal Dynamical Triangulation Method (Prakrit Shrestha, Math and Physics, 2014)
- The Analytic Hierarchy Process: A Mathematical Model for Decision Making Problems (Giang Nguyen, 2014)
- Airline Fleet Assignments (Sheharyar Khushnood, 2014)
- 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
- Outstanding Leader in Experiential Education in Higher Education (NSEE) 2016
- Mathematical Association of America
- American Mathematical Society
Publications (*student co-author)
- Michael Bush*, Danielle Shepherd*, Joseph Smith*, Sarah Smith-Polderman*, Jennifer Bowen and John Ramsay, "Braid computations for the crossing number of Klein links" Involve: A Journal in Mathematics, Vol. 8, No. 1, 169-179 (2015).
- 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.