All are invited to hear Dr. Karl H. David, chair of the Mathematics Department and associate professor, deliver his “Last Lecture” on Thursday, May 1 at 6 p.m. in the Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway. He will give the fifth annual lecture in MSOE’s Last Lecture series, in which one member of the MSOE staff or faculty is invited to pass on their greatest and most succinct knowledge and life-experiences to the MSOE community. David, who taught at MSOE for 15 years, will reflect on his time at MSOE and also share his life experiences and accomplishments.
The purpose of the series is twofold: to recognize a faculty or staff member for his or her years of service and contributions to the university, and for those in attendance to learn what the speaker truly believes are the most important facets of their human life experiences and accomplishments. Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to nominate speakers from a list of eligible individuals, and the speaker is chosen by the Student Life Office.
David joined the MSOE faculty in 1999, and became chair of the Mathematics Department in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, all in mathematics. In 2007 he received MSOE’s Oscar Werwath Distinguished Teacher Award. Under his tutelage, two degree programs were created in the Mathematics Department in 2013: Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science and Bachelor of Science in Operations Research.
His teaching experience includes a professorship at Wells College in New York, where he also served as department chairman and chairman of the sciences division and the faculty personnel committee. David also taught at Cornell University, Middlebury College, Union College and Westfield State College. His writing has appeared in professional mathematics publications and he has authored several articles for ornithological publications.
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