COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Students


Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta - Boeing Science/Math Education Distinguished Professor

Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta has been selected as a Boeing Science/Math Education Distinguished Professor for scholarly, creative, and instructional activity (see CAS Faculty of Distinction). A person who has received this professorship is entitled to use the title "Boeing Science/Math Education Distinguished Professor in Mathematics and Statistics" or informally, "Boeing Math Education Distinguished Professor" for as long as they are associated with WSU as an employee or retireee. Mathematics professor Libby Knott has also received this distinction.

In addition, Dr. Dasgupta is Co-PI on a new $703,103 NIH grant with members from the WSU School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Veterinary Medicine, as well as Co-PI on a new WSU ESIC (Energy Systems Innovation Center) grant. Read more.


Welcome New Assistant Professor Xiongzhi Chen


Xiongzhi Chen joins the department from Princeton University, where he was a postdoctoral research associate in the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative genomics and the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. He obtained his Ph.D. in Statistics from Purdue University under the supervision of Rebecca W. Doerge, has received extensive training in mathematics, and holds two master’s degrees in mathematics. Dr. Chen’s main research areas are simultaneous inference with applications in genomics, analysis of non-Euclidean data with applications in social sciences, spectra of random matrices with applications in statistics and mathematics physics, and the statistics of stochastic differential equations with applications in finance, geology and biology. Besides research, he loves swimming, playing piano and table tennis when he gets a chance, listening to classic music, and spending time with his family.


Welcome New Assistant Professor William Hall

William Hall moved to Pullman from Durham, NC where he completed his Ph.D. in mathematics education at North Carolina State University. His research interests include the teaching and learning of calculus, interdisciplinary approaches to calculus, and how to support pedagogical change at the university level. He is married to Megan Hall who teaches in the English Department at WSU and they have a young daughter named River, a dog (Sophie), and a cat (Bruce). Outside of scholarly interests, Will enjoys reading, music, and video games.

Welcome New Graduate Coordinator Emily Lewis

Welcome Emily Lewis, the department's new graduate coordinator. After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in biology, Emily moved to Chicago to work for the Chicago Botanic Garden and to get her master's in plant biology from Northwestern University. She left the flat midwest corn fields to come to the rolling hills of wheat in the Palouse in September of 2016, and has been exploring an entirely new region of the country ever since. In her free time she loves to hike, look for plants, run, play piano and guitar, and travel. Emily says, "I love working with graduate students and I am looking forward to helping each of them get through the craziness of graduate school!"

Welcome New Undergraduate Academic Advisor Molly Clayton

The department's new undergraduate academic advisor is Molly Clayton, a recent graduate of Washington State University who majored in mathematics! During her undergraduate years she served as an orientation counselor and a peer-mentor for the Office of Multicultural Student Services. Molly says, "After graduating in May 2017 I have found my dream job working as the academic advisor for the WSU Mathematics and Statistics Department. I love working with students, finding ways to strengthen Pullman’s community, and helping students smoothly transition to campus while advocating for their success. In my spare time, I love to play volleyball, participate in mini Netflix binges, and hike around the Palouse. I look forward to working with students and faculty in the department!"

Welcome New Office Assistant Jenn Kurz

Having joined the department in January 2017, Jenn Kurz is the face of the front office fielding phone calls, handling student, parent, and faculty requests, room scheduling and copying, as well as syllabi collection and a myriad of other duties. She loves interacting with math students and faculty saying, "They are an interesting and pleasant assortment of personalities." Jenn received undergraduate degrees in anthropology and creative writing from WSU, served in the Peace Corps in Panama, and graduated with a master's degree in TESOL from Gonzaga University in May 2017. In the fall of 2018 she will begin the WSU Ph.D. program in Language, Literacy and Technology. In her spare time she enjoys reading, hiking, writing, singing, and experimenting with tasty plant-based dishes.

Mark Lesperance receives WSU Access Center Award

At its Recognition Banquet on April 26th, 2017, the WSU Access Center awarded Mark Lesperance a certificate "In appreciation of your dedication to equal access and opportunity". He was recognized for his work with Statistics 212, and the efforts he has made to ensure that all students have the opportunity and access to succeed in the course.

Mark is an instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He has been teaching for 27 years and enjoys teaching introductory mathematics and statistics courses, and courses related to actuarial mathematics. He is also the advisor of the Actuarial Science Club at WSU and serves as a faculty mentor for the mathematics majors in the actuarial science option. Mark strives to inspire his students to achieve academic success.


Sergey Lapin - Honors Thesis Advisor Award
Sergey Lapin has received a Thesis Advisor Award from the WSU Honors College for his outstanding work with Honors College students.