Department Achievements

MS News & Publications


Using Mathematics in the TSA 

A journal article that Dr. Lu Xiong wrote titled “Predictive Modeling for Transportation Security Administration Claims Data” was accepted and will be published in the upcoming issue of ANWESH: International Journal of Management & Information Technology 


“Generalized Linear Model for Predicting the Credit Card Default Payment Risk” 

Dr. Lu Xiong and S.D. Williams published “Generalized Linear Model for Predicting the Credit Card Default Payment Risk” in Advances in Science, Technology and Engineering Systems Journal. It is a special issue on Innovation in Computing, Engineering Science & Technology (May 2022). It discusses how lenders calculate interest rates and the likelihood of someone defaulting on a payment using mathematical models. 


Advancing Gender Equity in Mathematics and Science 

Dr. Wandi Ding is the Co-President of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Tennessee Chapter and has been working with other mathematicians and scientists to encourage girls and women to study math and science and is working to improve math and science communication with the public (with J. Iriarte-Gross and S. Lenhart).  Ding is currently the secretary (2022-2024) of MTSU’s Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) chapter as well. 


Scholars Day 2019 

Dr. Lu Xiong supervised Jie Long and Wenwen Qin in a poster presentation at the  MTSU 2019 university wide scholar week on March 22, 2019, and the College of Basic and Applied Sciences Scholar’s Day on March 19. The poster was titled “A RegTech Research: Better the Insurance Information Regulation System Using Machine Learning and Web Technologies”. 


Dr. Jim Hart given the Outstanding Teaching Award 

Dr. James Hart was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award at the Fall Faculty Meeting held August 23, 2018.  Dr. Hart joined the Department of Mathematical Sciences at MTSU in 1991.  He has taught courses ranging from college algebra to graduate seminars, including the calculus sequence, linear and abstract algebra, Boolean algebra, and topology.  He has directed six master's theses and currently serves as the department's graduate program coordinator.  Hart helped pioneer the use of Pathways to Calculus precalculus materials at MTSU in 2014, assisted in editing and refining those materials in 2015, and remains active in the ongoing mentoring and professional development of precalculus instructors. 


Dr. Qiang Wu was awarded the Distinguished Research Award  

Dr. Wu was given this award at the Fall Faculty Meeting held August 23, 2018.  Dr. Wu joined the Department of Mathematical Sciences at MTSU in 2011.  His research interests include computational learning theory and high-dimensional data mining.  His research has focused on the mathematical foundations of support vector machines, regularization kernel methods, indefinite kernel machines, information theoretical learning, and distributed learning for big data.  Wu has published 50 peer-reviewed journal/conference papers, 21 published since joining MTSU.  His publications can be found in highly ranked applied mathematics and machine learning journals such as Applied and Computational Harmonic Analysis.   


MS Grants & Projects 


Mentoring the Next Generation 

Together with industry friends, external and internal collaborators, Dr. Lu Xiong is mentoring a team of actuarial students participating in the 2022 CAS Hacktuary Challenge.   In this challenge participants will develop an application that can calculate risk based on time of day, location, or frequency of accidents and help determine deductibles.  The winner will receive $15,000.  Good luck guys! 

Dr. Xiong is also leading a group of 3 undergraduate students (Xingtong Cao, Minyuan Zhao, and Pengyu Zhu) participating in the MTSU URECA with a proposal of $3000 for machine learning application of E-commerce data analytics. 


Ding receives a new grant for the upcoming year 

Dr. Wandi Ding recently received a new NSF grant Shanks Workshop on Advances in Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (PI: X. Zhao, co-PIs: M. Horn, W. Ding, P. Hinow, and X. Huo), $27,000, 2023-2024. This conference will feature models and analysis of ordinary and partial differential equations from various aspects of biological applications, such as infectious diseases, cancer modeling and treatment, and population dynamics. 


Dr. Xiong assists in a $33,000 grant from the TN Board of Regents 

Dr. Lu Xiong is a part of a group that has been awarded a grant sponsored by Tennessee Board of Regents, "Increasing Success and Retention of Female Students in Computer Science by Enhancing Two Key factors: Math Proficiency and Programming Skills" State, $33,020.84. (August 22, 2022 - August 11, 2023). (PI: Y. Gu, Co-PI's: L. Xiong, J. Ranganathan) 


Dr. Qiang Wu received an NSF grant: Collaborative Research: Mathematical Foundation of Learning with Information-Theoretic Criteria from Non-Gaussian Data, $114,999, 2021-24. 


Using Mathematical Models to Eradicate Diseases 

Dr. Wandi Ding led an NSF REU grant (REU Site: Computational Modeling and Simulation in Applied Sciences) (PI: W. Ding, co-PI's: R. Leander, W. Robertson, and J. Phillips), $241,470, 2018-2023, using mathematical simulations to control and eradicate the spread of infectious diseases, such as malaria and West Nile virus. The findings were published in the article "Malaria modeling and optimal control using sterile insect technique and insecticide-treated net” in Applicable Analysis, 101:5, 1715-1734, 2022 and featured in Research Outreach: Malaria Modeling: An Optimal Control Problem  on May 17, 2022, for public interests.   


Collaborative Research: Preparing to Teach Mathematics with Technology Examining Student Practice 

PTMT-ESP is a collaborative project across four institutions that will build on the theoretical foundations of technological pedagogical content knowledge, video case pedagogies, and professional noticing, along with the success of previous PTMT projects (DUE 0442319, 0817253, 1123001) to engage students in meaningful mathematical tasks and capitalizing on available technological tools has been shown to improve attitudes towards mathematics and increase learning. This project is expected to run from October 2018 through September 2023 (Total – $1,741,485, MTSU – $594,112)( PI: Dr. Jennifer N. Lovett, Co-PI's: A. McCulloch, C. Cayton, and H. Lee) 


MTSU hosts prestigious National Science Foundation grants undergrad research cohorts.  

NSF DMS #1757493: REU Site: Computational Modeling and Simulation in Applied Sciences (PI: W. Ding, co-PIs: R. Leander, W. Robertson and J. Phillips), $241,470, 2018-2022. 


MS Events 


Ding helps to lead the SIMIODE Expo in February 2023 

Dr. Wandi Ding is the co-director of the national conference of the SIMIODE (Systemic Initiative for Modeling Investigations and Opportunities with Differential Equations EXPO (with B. Winkel and Y. Ma) being held February 10-12, 2023. She recently became an associate editor for the International Journal of Computer Mathematics. Ding was also a guest editor for Special Issue: Machine Learning, Mathematical and Statistical Modeling for Systems Biology, Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, 2021-2022.   


Workshop on Undergraduate Teaching with Mathematics and Statistics Action Technologies 

      With funding from NSF, Dr. Jennifer Lovett and Dr. Jeremy Strayer developed, implemented, and facilitated a six-day professional development workshop for 70 mathematics and mathematics educators across the nation to learn to use mathematical and statistical action technologies. PI: A. McCulloch, Co-PI: J. Lovett. (Total - $99,801, MTSU - $21,432) 


“Health Across Disciplines” 

Dr. Yeqian Liu was on the panel of the "Health Across Disciplines" event and gave a talk "Generalized Propensity Score Methods for Comparing Combination Therapy in a Phase I Trial with Single-Agent Therapy in a Phase III Trial" on March 20, 2019.  Dr. Liu promoted interdisciplinary research collaborations by participating in this event.  During this event, a large conversation was held with the audience about how to connect MTSU researchers and scholars across disciplines.  Dr. Liu talked to professors from several departments and made them realize that they can always find statistical help for their projects from the Math department.  Please see the attached flyer of the event.  Scholars Week Panel 


Dr. Huang speaks in Front of the International Congress of Mathematicians 

Dr. Rongjin Huang was invited to speak at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) Conference 2018. The International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) is the largest conference for the topic of mathematics. It meets once every four years, hosted by the International Mathematical Union (IMU). Being invited to speak at the ICM has been called "the equivalent, in this community, of an induction to a hall of fame." Professor Huang, Department of Mathematical Science, MTSU has been invited to participate in the panel discussion on “Use of Lesson Study to support quality mathematics teaching: practical and theoretical issues raised within the community of mathematics educators and mathematicians” in the SECTION 18: Mathematics Education and Popularization of Mathematics. The twenty-eighth ICM was held in Rio, Brazil from August 1-9, 2018. Professor Huang and other three panelists: Professor Stéphane Clivaz from Switzerland, Professor Mercy Kazima from Malawi, and Professor Maitree Inprasitha from Thailand, moderated by Professor Akihito Takahashi from USA. successfully organized the Panel Discussion at the congress.  Professor Huang’ significant contribution to lesson study has been well recognized internationally. He has published 10 peer-reviewed articles, edited two Journal Special Issues (ZDM- Mathematics Education, 48 (4), July 2016; International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, 6 (4), October 2017) and one theme book (Theory and Practices of Lesson Study in Mathematics: An International Perspective. Springer, 2018). 


Actuarial Science: 


August 2022 Newsletter from the Actuarial Science Program 

MTSU Actuarial Science Program Newsletter Spring 2022 

MTSU Actuarial Science program received recognition by the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and won the 2020 CAS University Award!  Article can be found here. 

 In 2019, several students passed multiple required actuarial exams!  Also, four students were awarded Southeastern Actuarial Conference Scholarships ranging from $500 to $3000! Check the website for more details. 


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