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[Robert E. Thurman]
Robert E. Thurman

Title: Postdoctoral Fellow
Dates: September 1, 1995 -- July 30, 1997
Currently at: University of Texas, El Paso
E-mail: thurman@geom.umn.edu
Personal Homepage: http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/thurman.html

Activities at the Geometry Center

Bob's primary activity at the Geometry Center was the development and implementation of course materials for the calculus classroom. He taught a multi-variable calculus course at the Geometry Center through the University of Minnesota Talented Youth Mathematics Program (UMTYMP). The students use the technological resources of the Center in an interactive and geometric exploration of calculus. Bob also developed hypertext laboratory materials for use in the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology first-year calculus course.

In the summer of 1996, Bob and Patrick Worfolk sponsored two undergraduates, Molly Megraw and Chris Sinclair, in a research project in dynamical systems aimed at understanding and visualizing periodic orbits and their stable and unstable manifolds in the restricted three-body problem.

Bob and Patrick also developed the SaVi program for visualizing and analyzing satellite constellations.

Bob's mathematical research falls under the umbrella of single-variable complex analysis. In his thesis he considers some extremal problems for the logarithmic capacity of compact sets in the plane. Now he's working on a physical interpretation (in terms of electrostatics) of these extremal solutions.


Bob received a B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Computer Science in 1986 from the University of Missouri. He went on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he got an MS in Mathematics in 1988. He then spent two years working for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. In 1990 he resumed graduate studies in mathematics at the University of Michigan. He graduated from there with a Ph.D. in May, 1995, and joined the Geometry Center staff the following September.


PhD in Mathematics, 1995
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dissertation: Extremal Problems for Logarithmic Capacity and Extremal Length
Dissertation Advisor: Prof. Peter L. Duren

MS in Mathematics, 1988
University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois

BA in Mathematics, BS in Computer Science, 1986 (summa cum laude)
University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

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