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Thomas received his Ph. D. in Mathematics from the University of California at Riverside, taught for five years at the University of Michigan, and has been at Albany since 1969... a long time. Here is a bite size CV.
His mathematical interests include dynamical systems, the dynamics of smooth flows, and, in recent years, discrete dynamics with applications to difference equations.
Advances in Space Science Department: A long time ago as a Visiting NASA Scientist at Johnson Space Center, Houston, Thomas was involved in exercise countermeasure studies aimed at reducing muscle-mass loss in prolonged microgravity environments. That project was handed over to the Russians, while, regrettably, Thomas himself continues to lose muscle and gain mass at an alarming rate.
His most recent Ph. D. students are Deborah Lawrence, who is Associate Professor and former Head of the Mathematics Department at Russell Sage College, and Steve Bourgault, who is a Research Mathematician with MapInfo.
FORMER STUDENTS DEPARTMENT
At my wife’s suggestion, I’m going to start passing along news from some of my old students just to give an idea of what some Math Nerds do after graduating.
In early February, 2013, Josh Merlis dropped by. After graduation, Josh taught High School for several years and then started up a company that produces and times running events. There is quite a bit of mathematics and computer programming involved in the timing aspect of a big race. Josh is also the founder of the Albany Running Exchange, a large local running club.
As of October, 2012, Kaz Kurihara ( pictured above) writes that he has entered graduate school at Stony Brook for his Masters in Teaching and has started observations at a local High School. He’s enthusiastic about it.
On Friday, October 12th, I hit pay dirt and had visits with several former students. First, Matt and Amy Wright dropped by…she teaches Math at Green Tech High School and he is a PhD candidate in Physics here at UAlbany. Man Kit Tse also stopped in to say hello…he is finishing up a PhD in Physics this year to add to his collection of advanced degrees. And Jessica Kim ( pictured above) was able to get loose from her duties as a first year Physics grad student long enough for us to sit down for a chat. Very nice day.
Maseeh Mukhtar dropped by on October 18th for a visit. Maseeh graduated in Physics/Math about four years ago. He just spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Africa and listening to his experiences was not only interesting, but inspiring. He’s now applying to various graduate schools. I hope to be like him when I grow up.
One of Thomas's principal stress-reducing ( or should that be stress-inducing ?) activities used to be technical rock-climbing. Below is a shot of the overhanging "Triple Bulges" ( a name that refers to characteristic features of the climb, although it certainly could apply to Thomas himself ) For some reason, the horizon is very often tilted the wrong way in this shot. I think it's because the photographer/belayer is usually working quickly...multi-tasking, you know?... and tends to get the tree vertical, when in fact, it leans out from the cliff. And next to that is a picture of a seacliff climb called "Terrier's Tooth" in Cornwall, England. I had wanted to do that climb for 25 years and finally was able get there a several summers ago.
Last tweaked mid-May , 2013