Dr. Douglas Anderson, professor of mathematics, recognized for prolific research and writing.
Dr. Douglas Anderson has 100 reasons to celebrate.
The professor of mathematics recently had his 100th scholarly article accepted for publication in a professional journal.
Anderson’s area of research is differential equations, which describes the rate of change of a physical process over time. Specifically, he models theories of beam vibrations that have applications to physics and engineering.
“This is a significant accomplishment,” says Dr. Darin Ulness, chair of the sciences and mathematics division. “Very few faculty, especially from a liberal arts college noted for teaching, do so much research and publishing.”
Anderson began publishing his research shortly after arriving at Concordia in 1997 with a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
“Part of my research was momentum carried over from my Ph.D. work,” says Anderson. “My area was just opening up and I was at the forefront of working in this one, small area of mathematics.”
Anderson was also motivated to continue the excellent reputation of Concordia’s math department and to get known in the profession. During a sabbatical in China, he was frequently asked to make presentations. “Because of my publishing, I was well-known there,” he says.
Anderson’s research has appeared in such peer-reviewed professional journals as the Journal of Nonlinear Analysis and Application, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, Journal of Difference Equations and Applications, and Computers & Mathematics with Applications.
With information now easily shared via the Internet, Anderson has co-written papers with 42 mathematicians from 12 countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Czech Republic, China and Australia. “I’ve never met these people, but through the common language of math we’ve been able to collaborate our research,” he says.
The fact that Anderson’s papers have collectively been cited 681 times by 362 different authors is evidence of the quality of his work.
Anderson is now shifting his emphasis to involve more students in his research and writing so they are better prepared for graduate school. Two of his students recently successfully defended their doctoral theses and are now teaching at major universities.