COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students


Bala Krishnamoorthy gives TEDx talk on "Discovering hidden structure
image of Bala Krishnamoorthy

TED Talks are all about "Ideas Worth Spreading," and Dr. Bala Krishnamoorthy, WSU Vancouver, recently gave a TEDx Talk on, "Discovering hidden structure in big data" for the TEDxYouth in Camas, Washington. If you would like to view the talk click here.


Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta - Director of Data Analytics
photo of Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta

Boeing Science/Math Education Distinguished Professor in Mathematics and Statistics, Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta, has been appointed by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to serve as Director of Data Analytics for the next two years. Professor Dasgupta replaces Nella Ludlow who left to take a position at Wright State University. Read the WSU Insider article for more information.


August 16, 2019 Faculty Promotions

Dr. Bala Krishnamoorthy has received the WSU Vancouver Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence

WSU Vancouver associate professor Bala Krishnamoorthy has received the WSU Vancouver Chancellor's Award for Research. The Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence is given annually to a WSU Vancouver faculty member whose research quality and quantity are exemplary, and whose work has had a positive influence on the broader community. It is the university’s highest research honor. Click here to read about Dr. Krishnamoorthy.


Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta has received a CAS 2019 Award
photo of Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta with Dean Jockers and Department Chair Chuck Moore

Pictured above left to right: Dean Jockers, Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta, and department chair Charles Moore.
Professor Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta has received the CAS 2019 faculty teaching award for "Excellence in Graduate Advising and Mentoring."

Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta is the recipient of a 2019 WSU President's Award
photo of Dr. Nairanjana Dasgupta

Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta is the recipient of a 2019 WSU President's Award. To read about the award and Dr. Dasgupta click here.


Dr. Judi McDonald has received a CAS 2019 award and has also been named asssociate dean of the WSU Graduate School
photo of Dr. Judi McDonald with Dean Jockers and Department Chair Chuck Moore Pictured above left to right: Dean Jockers, Dr. Dasguta, department chair Charles Moore.
Professor Judi McDonald has received the CAS 2019 faculty service award for "Excellence in Institutional Service," and has also been named associate dean of the WSU Graduate School, a position she will begin on March 18. As a professor in the department since 2002, she has served as the committee chair and advisor for more than 20 graduate students, and published more than 40 peer‑reviewed papers as well as co‑authored a very successful textbook on introductory linear algebra. She has served in leadership roles in the Faculty Senate, including Chair of the Faculty Senate in the 2017‑18 academic year, and has served on countless university‑wide committees. Her responsibilities as an associate dean will overlap with those of Lori Carris as she transitions out of her administrative roles, specifically as the liaison to the Faculty Senate’s Graduate Studies Committee and liaison to the Provost’s Office on proposals for new and revised graduate programs. She will also take the lead on evaluation and oversight for Graduate School policies and procedures.


Dr. Kimberly Vincent has been appointed as the Associate Director of Region One of the Washington State Mathematics Council

Dr. Kimberly Vincent has been appointed by the Board of the Washington State Mathematics Council to be the Associate Director of Region 1, which is Northwest Washington State and is comprised of the following counties: Adams, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Spokane and Whitman. She will be responsible to the membership of her region by: representing them at the meetings of the board of directors', recruiting new members, arranging for the regional high school mathematics contests, and coordinating other activities of the council. The Washington State Mathematics Council is a professional organization that exists to promote and influence mathematics education. The membership is committed to developing, supporting, and encouraging opportunities that lead to quality mathematics curricula and effective instruction. WSMC promotes high professional standards and serves as a communication network for anyone interested in mathematics education.


Dr. Sergey Lapin has received an Outstanding Faculty Award from the WSU Greek Community

Dr. Sergey Lapin has received an Arete Outstanding Faculty Award from the WSU Greek Community. Each year the WSU Greek Community selects three WSU faculty to receive this award. A student from one of the honors classes he teaches said, "I have taken four of his math courses and they are always my favorite for the semester," adding that he helps everyone through classes and wants everyone to understand the material. “The Arête Awards are a great opportunity for our university administration and the Greek councils to recognize outstanding Greek chapters and members within our community,” said 2009 Panhellenic President Ali Scott.


Nikolaos Voulgarakis promoted to Associate Professor
Nikolaos Voulgarakis
Dr. Voulgarakis is a member of the WSU Pullman faculty. His research deals with stochastic processes, nonlinear dynamics, computational fluid dynamics and multiscale modeling. Read more about Dr. Voulgarakis and his research.


Nikolay Strigul promoted to Associate Professor
Nikolay Strigul
Dr. Strigul is a member of the WSU Vancouver mathematics faculty. He conducts interdisciplinary research across traditional disciplinary boundaries at the interface of applied mathematics, statistics and biology. Read more about Dr. Strigul and his research.


Sergey Lapin has received an award from the Honors College
Sergey Lapin
"For outstanding commitment to the students of the Honors College," Dr. Sergey Lapin has received an Honors Faculty Award from the Honors College.
Ralph Chikhany has received the 2018 GPSA Graduate Student Instructor Excellence Award and a GPSA Senator of the Year Award
Ralph Chikhany holding the award

The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Graduate Student Instructor Excellence award has been given to mathematics graduate student Ralph Chikhany. An ‘excellent’ Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) is one that is consistently prepared for class and has prepared lecture and/or discussion material that is able to last the entire class period. The GSI also should demonstrate knowledge on the subject being taught, as seen in the content of the lectures and/or discussions, as well as knowledge of questions posed by the students. An ‘excellent’ GSI should also demonstrate an active interest in the success of his/her students by the availability of office hours, responsiveness to student emails, fair and timely grading of exams and/or assignments, and outreach to students who are struggling in the course. The ‘excellent’ GSI should also be rated as an outstanding instructor by other faculty and students alike. Ralph also received one of three GPSA Senator of the Year Awards.


Dean Johnson
Dean Johnson

Associate Clinical Professor Dean Johnson has been elected to serve on the Statistical Consulting Council of Sections for 2019-2021 to advance the interests of the association and its members. The Statistical Consulting Council of Sections is part of the American Statistical Association (ASA).


Faculty Receive ASWSU Appreciation Awards

The Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU) held their fifth annual Faculty & Staff Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 10th. The ceremony was conducted in the Elson S. Floyd Multicultural Center. Candidates for awards were nominated by students, and the award recipients were then chosen from those candidates by a student committee.

Marc Evans
Professor Marc Evans has received an award for Outstanding Open Educational Resources (OER) Usage. This award is given to faculty who have made substantial efforts to utilize Open Educational Resources in their courses. Dr. Evans received the award for the materials he uses in Stat 512.

Mark Lesperance
Instructor Mark Lesperance has received an Exceptional Professor Award for the College of Arts and Sciences. He was one of four Arts and Sciences faculty recognized for their commitment to teaching and student success.


Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta - American Statistical Association (ASA) - Elected Fellow
Jan Dasgupta

Dr. Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta has been selected as an American Statistical Association (ASA) Elected-Fellow. To be selected for this prestigious award, nominees must have an established reputation and have made outstanding contributions to statistical science. Only one-third of one percent of total association members may be elected each year.