Professor Cartwright received his PhD in Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences from the University of Iowa in 2003. His PhD thesis involved using parallel programming techniques with the Message Passing Interface (MPI) to solve computational geometry problems related to meshfree methods for solving Partial Differential Equations. He also holds a BA in Mathematics and a BA in Music from Kalamazoo College. His is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Lawrence Technological University.
He received a Project NExT (New Experiences in Teaching) Fellowship from the MAA (Mathematical Association of America) in 2003. He is actively involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and is a Kern Innovative Teaching (KIT) faculty member. He utilizes mathematical software such as Mathematica, Maple, and Matlab in the Mathematics curriculum and in undergraduate student research projects. His favorite courses to teach are Discrete Math, Modern Algebra, Numerical Analysis, and Linear Algebra, when he’s not teaching Calculus.
He is interested in outreach to K-12 students to encourage them to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). He has been actively involved in Robofest, LTU’s autonomous robotics competition, since 2010. He also participated in a Michigan Department of Education grant EMATHS (Embracing Math Technology in High Schools) developing curriculum for incorporating TI-NSpire graphing calculators into the high school Geometry and Algebra.
His primary area of research interest is Numerical Analysis, the branch of Mathematics that uses computer algorithms to solve mathematical problems in areas as diverse as ordinary and partial differential equations, linear algebra, function approximation, and numerical integration. His current research interests also include optimization (discrete and continuous), and explorations of the intersections between mathematical theory and music theory.
His hobbies include playing with his cat Lester, collecting yo-yos, playing guitar (classic rock), playing French horn (classical), singing in his church choir, and listening to music while he is grading papers.