Professors: Sarah Abramowitz (Coordinator of  Statistics Instruction), Christopher Apelian, Barry Burd, Steve Kass, Kathleen Madden (Chair), Steve Surace
Assistant Professor: Peter Likarish

Sarah Abramowitz

Professor of Mathematics, 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 for the Behavioral Sciences Using SPSS”. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, David, and two children, Michelle and Scott.

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 Mathmatics 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.

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.”

Peter Likarish

Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Office: HS 309
Phone #: (973) 408-3552

Peter Likarish received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa after earning his Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh. His thesis focused on the early detection of web-based attacks using application of machine learning, but he finds interdisciplinary work deeply rewarding. As a result, he is often involved with interdisciplinary teams of researchers, most recently in partnership with the UNESCO City of Literature in Iowa City. As a visiting researcher at PARC, he developed an interest in privacy issues surrounding online gameplay. He is a firm believer in the effectiveness of civic engagement and service learning.

Kathleen Madden

Professor of Mathematics, Chair
Office: HS 303
Phone #: (973) 408-3873

Kathleen Madden earned her B.A. in mathematics from the University of Colorado. After graduating, she spent two years with the Peace Corps teaching “A-level Maths” in Cameroon, West Africa. There she was honored to be selected as the Math-Science Teaching Volunteer of the Year. Dr. Madden received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. She taught for four years at Lafayette College in Easton Pennsylvania before coming to Drew in 1998. Her mathematical interests are in dynamical systems, specifically symbolic dynamics and topological dynamics. Since 2007, Kathleen has served as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

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.”