Robert J Hesse
Saint John’s University
Phone: (320) 363-2454
Thesis advisor: Richard McGehee
Department of Mathematics
Major Area: Dynamical Systems
Minor Area: Numerical Analysis
Department of Mathematics
“All College Honors with Distinction in Mathematics”
Dynamical systems, numerical computation of solutions to differential equations. Mathematical Modeling.
Fall 2001- Present Associate
Professor (Fall 2006 – Present), Assistant Professor (Fall 2001 – Spring 2006),
Made extensive use of the graphing calculator in Differential Calculus course. Introduced Integral Calculus students to Computer Algebra System Mathematica through a series of labs as well a final project. Incorporated Matlab software package to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations courses as well as required several projects for each course. Also used Matlab package for programming algorithms in the Numerical Analysis course. Used Mathematica Computer Algebra System extensively to analyze non-trivial modeling problems in Modeling Course. Used Mathematica in Fourier Series course to find, approximate, and compute errors of solutions to Wave, Heat and Poisson equations. Used Excel and Lindo extensively in Operations Research course to find solutions to discrete mathematical problems. Applied and gained writing flag in Mathematical Modeling course. Use WebCT course containment software in all courses to facilitate access of information to students.
Fall 1997-Spring 2001 Assistant
Fall 1996-Spring 1997 Workshop
Supervisor for the multivariable calculus section of the
Fall 1996-July 1997
Fall 1995-Spring 1997 Workshop
leader for the first year calculus section of the Curriculum Initiative,
Fall 2003 – Present Natural
Science division representative to
Fall 2001 – Present Faculty Advisor. Helped advisees select courses. Guided them in planning for post-college options of business, graduate-school and secondary education. Wrote letters of recommendation for students pursuing graduate school, advocated students to employers in phone calls and letters.
Fall 2001 – Present Faculty Advisor to CSB/SJU Math
with officers of math society to organize various activities to promote
mathematics. Attended officer meetings, student talks in preparation for
Fall and Spring Pi Mu Epsilon conferences,
faculty/student social gatherings. Lead group of students to Fall
2001 and Fall 2003 Pi Mu Epsilon conference at Saint Norbert’s College in
Fall 2001 – Present Instructor for
Spring 2002 – Present Faculty advisor for the Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM). Helped organize and prepare one to two teams of students annually for the MCM, an internationally held mathematics competition in which students work in teams of three to solve a real-world problem.
Spring, Summer 2003,2006 Oversaw students’ research. In summer 2006 advised Natalie Bly on research modeling companion gardening. In spring semester 2003, advised Nate Bennett on an ILP in Chaos theory that culminated with some undergraduate research on iterations of the complex-valued function . In summer through fall semester 2003 advised Becky Wolf on her senior thesis titled, “Very Discrete Dynamical Systems.”
Spring 2006 Reviewer for Hass/Weir text University Calculus Alternate Edition, 1/e. Addison-Wesley, 2006. Critiqued four chapters of the book in terms of content, prose, use of technology and overall appropriateness.
Spring 2005 Reviewer for Smith/Milton text Calculus: concepts and connections. McGraw Hill, 2006. Critiqued three chapters of the book in terms of content, prose, use of technology and overall appropriateness.
Fall 2004 Coordinator for “Incorporating Software into the Mathematics Curriculum Workshop”. Applied for and received CP&D funding for workshop for CSBSJU mathematics faculty. In workshop introduced faculty to uses of Mathematica and Matlab in various lower and upper division courses through are series of labs. In addition, explained appropriate use of technology in courses.
Spring 2003 – 2004 Member of ad-hoc committee evaluating and revising the Mathematics and Computer Science major. Worked with colleagues in the Computer Science and Mathematics departments in evaluating the old major, analyzing other institutions’ hybrid math and computer science majors, and finally creating, revising the new Numerical Computation major.
Fall 2002 -- Winter 2003 Co-Principal Investigator for CSEMS grant to NSF. Worked with Computer Science Faculty Member Carl Burch in meeting and communicating with appropriate administrators, writing and revising a grant proposal for scholarships in Mathematics and Computer Science.
August 1998–Spring 2001 Faculty Advisor,
Spring 2001 Faculty advisor for Mathematical Contest in Modeling. Helped organize and prepare a team of students that received a Meritorious distinction for their work in the 2001 MCM.
Spring 2000- Spring 2001 Member of
August 1999–Spring 2001 Member of Academic Computing Advisory
Summer 1998,1999, 2001 Instructor for Mathematics and Computer
August 1993-Spring 1997 Math Advising Specialist, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota. Evaluated students’ mathematical ability, and advised students on most suitable mathematics courses for their major. Consulted with transfer and international students to find the appropriate mathematics class given their previous background.
June-September 1995 Research
June 1994-May 1995 Research
“One More.” Invited presentation to the Saint Cloud State University Mathematics Colloquium, March 2006.
Software into the Mathematics Curriculum Workshop.”
presentation to SESEMS (Summer Explorations in Science, Engineering & Mathematics
for high school students)
Mathematics.” Contributed paper
for Enlivening Multivariate Mathematics Special Session of Mathfest (Summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America.)
“The Snowplow Problem.” Invited presentation to the Saint Cloud State University Mathematics Colloquium, January 2002.
“Symplectic Integrators” ATaC
Graduate Student Seminar, Mathematics Department,
“Putting it all together:
Using Matlab to construct a nonlinear conjugate-gradient method.'' Matlab
Seminar, Mathematics Department,
“Education Issues Discussed
Where They Are Most Needed; The MER Conferences.” (Joint presentation with
Doris Chiang) AMS-MAA-MER Special Sessions on Mathematics Education Reform,
Joint Meetings of the AMS-MAA.
on a Variational Approach to Hamiltonian Systems.” Dynamics and Mechanics Seminar.
Integration and Hamiltonian Systems.”
ATaC Graduate Student Seminar, Mathematics Department,
“An Introduction to MATLAB
via Dynamical Systems and Differential Equations” Mathematical Software
Robert Hesse, Child’s Play, UMAP Journal Vol 28.1 2007.
Robert Hesse, Arch Mathematics, UMAP Journal Vol 23.4 2002.
James Stewart, Harvey Keynes, Douglas Shaw and Bob Hesse, Instructor’s Guide for Stewart’s Calculus Concepts and Contexts (Single Variable). Brooks/Cole 1998.
Robert Hesse and Philip J. Byrne, A Markov Chain Analysis of the Game Jai Alai, MAA Mathematics Magazine Vol. 69, No. 4 1996.
Bob Hesse and Evelyn Sander, Further Geometry Forum Articles,
Memberships and Honoraries:
1999-2001 Consortium for Computing in Small Colleges
1997 Kappa Mu Epsilon mathematics honorary
1997 Sigma Zeta mathematics and science honorary
1990 Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honorary