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Erich Friedman

Orange City, Florida
B.S. in Mathematics, 1987
Professor of Mathematics at Stetson University


I started Rose as a math and computer science major, but quickly found I enjoyed math more. I took every math course I could at Rose, plus several independent studies. More than half the courses I took at Rose were math! I was fortunate to have two research experiences: one in Duluth working on graph theory and group theory, and one with Dr. Gary Sherman at Rose working on cwatsets.

I knew I wanted to continue my education, and ended up attending Cornell University, where they gave me a generous stipend. I had originally planned to study Topology, but switched my specialty to Probability. My strong mathematical background allowed me to finish graduate school in 4 years. Despite the cold weather there (it snowed in May!), I appreciated the cosmopolitan atmosphere and the beautiful scenery of the area.

After graduating from Cornell, my girlfriend and I both got jobs teaching at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. We now comprise 2 of the 7 mathematicians in our department. We are expected to teach a wide variety of undergraduate math courses, and mentor seniors in their own research. I am currently doing research in game theory and combinatorial geometry. We very much enjoy the professorial lifestyle (summers off!) and the warm Florida weather.

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