Professors: Sarah Abramowitz (Chair), Christopher Apelian, Barry Burd, Steve Kass, Steve Surace
Assistant Professor: Emily Hill (Computer Science Program Director)
Visiting Assistant Professors: Seth Harris, Brad Isaacson

Sarah Abramowitz

Professor of Mathematics, Chair of The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Coordinator of Statistics Instruction
Office: HS 304
Phone #: (973) 408-3346

Sarah Abramowitz received a B.A. degree in Mathematics from Cornell University, an M.S. degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from New York University. Dr. Abramowitz has been a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Drew University since 1998. She specializes in Educational Statistics. She is the co-author with Sharon Weinberg of “Statistics Using SPSS: An Integrative Approach” and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Statistics Education.

Chris Apelian

Professor of Mathematics
Office: HS 301
Phone #: (973) 408-3467

Chris Apelian earned his B.S. in mathematics and chemistry at Rutgers University in 1988. In 1993 he completed a Ph.D. in mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU, and joined the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Drew. He has published papers in applied mathematics, specifically applications of probability and stochastic processes in the modeling of turbulent transport, and he and a colleague (Steve Surace) have recently written an undergraduate text on real and complex analysis. His other interests include oil painting, playing guitar, and annoying his coauthor.

Barry Burd

Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Office: HS 310
Phone #: (973) 408-3620

Barry Burd received an M.S. degree in Computer Science at Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Illinois. As a teaching assistant in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, he was elected five times to the university-wide List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students. When he’s not lecturing at Drew University, Dr. Burd leads training courses for professional programmers in business and industry. He has lectured at conferences in America, Europe, Australia and Asia. He is the author of several articles and books, including Java 2 For Dummies,Pascal by Example, and JSP: JavaServer Pages. In his spare time, he enjoys being a workaholic.

Seth Harris

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Office: HS 302
Phone #: (973) 408-3401

Seth Harris is currently completing his Ph.D in mathematics at Dartmouth College. He received a M.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.S. from Case Western Reserve University, and has taught mathematics at both schools as well as the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Fisher College in Boston. Seth’s research interests are in mathematical logic and computability theory, particularly the Reverse Mathematics program, where we ask the question, “Which axioms are necessary to prove a given theorem?” Seth’s personal interests include hiking the Appalachian Trail, choral singing, and growing unusual vegetables with his girlfriend Corinne, such as yacon, caigua, and red soup peas.

Emily Hill

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Program Director
Office: HS 314
Phone #: (973) 408-3198

Emily Hill earned her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Delaware in 2010, where she learned to appreciate the wonders of bash and the UNIX command line. She joined Drew in 2014, after teaching at Montclair State University for four years. Although her main research area is software engineering, her work combines many areas of computer science, including natural language processing, information retrieval, and text mining. She enjoys collaborating with undergraduates at all levels in her work, and has already served as a research adviser for over two dozen students. Outside of computer science, Dr. Hill sings alto in the Drew University Chorale Union. She also enjoys fantasy football, knitting, and scouting for slow food. Dr. Hill, her husband, and two children are Madison born and raised.

Brad Isaacson

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Office: HS 309
Phone #: (973) 408-3406

Steve Kass

Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Office: HS 311
Phone #: (973) 408-3614

Steve Kass attended Pomona College (B.A., Mathematics) and the University of Wisconsin–Madison (M.A. and Ph.D., Mathematics), and he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Montreal and Los Alamos National Laboratory before coming to Drew in 1988. Dr. Kass’s publications include a book and several articles about Lie Algebras, as well as a laboratory manual for Pascal programming. In 2001 he was a faculty reader for the Advanced Placement exam in Computer Science. In pursuits outside of mathematics and computer science, Dr. Kass has sung with New York City’s Dessoff Choirs since 1997, and he co-edited and co-authored a 1998 review of HIV-related opportunistic infections and their treatments. His interests include language, light bulbs, weather, and things that can be taken apart, such as cars. Dr. Kass is sometimes referred to within the department as “the other Steve.”

Steve Surace

Professor of Mathematics, Associate Director NJ Governor’s School in the Sciences
Office: HS 300
Phone #: (973) 408-3726

Steve Surace earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from New York University’s Courant Institute. His mathematical interests include analysis, mathematical physics and cosmology. Dr. Surace is the Associate Director of the New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences. In his spare time he enjoys cars, ping-pong, and hanging out, most notably at Firehouse Pizza, John’s and Starbucks. Dr. Surace is sometimes referred to within the department as “the other Steve.”