Office: HS 304
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 IBM SPSS: An Integrative Approach” and “Statistics Using Stata” and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Statistics Education.
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.
Office: HS 310
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. He has lectured at conferences in America, Europe, Australia and Asia. He is the author of several articles and books, including Java For Dummies, Android Application Development All-in-One For Dummies. In his spare time, he enjoys being a workaholic.
Office: HS 311
Chris Casement earned a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Skidmore College, an M.A. in Mathematics from Wake Forest University, an M.S. in Statistics from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Baylor University. This is Dr. Casement’s first year at Drew. He also taught high school math and statistics for two years in his home state of Florida. His research interests include Bayesian methods for data analysis (particularly for prior elicitation), as well as computational statistics and statistics education. During his free time he enjoys watching college and professional sports, fantasy football, bowling, and playing racquetball.
Seth Harris recently earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Dartmouth College. Before joining Drew in 2015, he taught courses at Dartmouth (where he also earned an M.A.), at Case Western Reserve University (where he earned a M.S. and a B.S.), and at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Seth’s research interests are in mathematical logic and computability theory, particularly the Reverse Mathematics program, in which we ask the question: “Which axioms are necessary to prove a given theorem?” Seth enjoys hiking on the Appalachian Trail, choral singing, and anything related to his home state of Vermont.
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.
Office: HS 311
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 recent publications and conference talks are in his research area of Dynamical Systems. Earlier publications include a book and several articles about Lie Algebras, as well as articles and book chapters on database programming, and he has served as a faculty reader for the Advanced Placement exam in Computer Science.
In pursuits outside of mathematics and computer science, Dr. Kass is the tenor section leader of New York City’s Dessoff Choirs, where he has sung 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.” He lives in Madison and can often be seen around campus walking his Dogo Argentino mix, Keeper.
Office: HS 309
Yi Lu received a Ph.D. in Statistics from the Ohio State University in 2017. She has taught a few undergraduate classes at Ohio State and worked as a statistical consultant on various research projects with graduate students from other disciplines. She studied both History and Mathematics as an undergraduate (Mars Hill University, North Carolina) and enjoys using statistics in very diverse applications. Her current research interests include Bayesian methods, functional data, and curves and images. She recently moved to New Jersey and loves running in her spare time.
Office: HS 337
Rebecca Mercuri holds numerous degrees in Computer Science and Engineering, plus one also in Music. Her Ph.D. dissertation, Electronic Vote Tabulation: Checks & Balances, was defended at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania, just 11 days prior to the Bush v. Gore Presidential Election. Her opinions on the subject of voting were sought and presented to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and also cited in a Supreme Court brief, in the legal controversy that subsequently ensued. Following 2 post-doctoral years at Harvard, Rebecca worked for industry and government in cybersecurity and digital forensics, while continuing to perform research, present lectures, and author papers in these fields. Hobbies include amateur (Ham) radio, choral singing, and herding stray cats.
Office: HS 300
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.”