People Retiring and Joining Us This Year

In a bit of a surprising turn of events, we were given permission to fill another College-track position. This is posted, with the closing date in early June. We expect to have another college faculty here in the fall. 

Linda Zimmerman was on leave in the spring. She is back in the fall. Welcome back Linda!

Adina Oprisan and Ilya Shapirovskiy have accepted our offers for tenure-track positions. Adina should be here in the fall. Ilya is waiting for the INS to reopen. The fall is possible, but it may be the spring.

Ilya Shapirovskiy (Foundations)

Ilya is from Moscow, Russia. He got his Ph.D in Mathematics at the Institute for Information Transmission Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and he has a Diploma in Mathematics, Moscow State University. His research interests are mathematical logic and theory of algorithms.


Adina Oprisan (Stats/Prob/Data Science)

Adina is originally from Romania. She received her M.S. in Mathematics at the University of Bucharest and her M.S. in Statistics and Probability at Michigan State University. Finally, she received her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Arlington.


Kevin Meek

Kevin Meek (PhD Idaho) has accepted our offer for a College-track position. This position is a re visioning of Abby’s old position and includes assisting the tenure-track faculty with coordination of our pre-calc classes. 

Visiting Assistant Professors for the fall include Semira Nassiri and Maria Cruz, who are returning for their second year. Our former student, Imad Jaradat, who is a Professor and Assistant Dean at the Jordan Institute of Science and Technology, has accepted to come as well. 


Jonathan O’Rourke

Dr. Jonathan O’Rourke received his B.S. and M.S. in mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi. He received his Ph.D. from Tulane University in 2020. His research has been focused on commutative algebra, computational algebra, combinatorics, and graph theory.  

As a graduate student at Tulane, Jonathan served as president of the university’s SIAM chapter and vice president of its AMS chapter. He worked on outreach via their chapter of the Association for Women in Mathematics and programs to encourage middle school students to explore STEM fields.


Paloma Pavao began as an admin just before the virus situation, so many of you might not have met her in person. She is very tech savvy, and what a huge bonus that is with doing everything online.