Carl C. Cowen, Ph.D.

Title: Professor of Mathematics
Company: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Carl C. Cowen, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics and higher education.

Drawing upon nearly five decades of industry experience, Dr. Cowen is a prominent figure in the realm of mathematics education. Since 2004, he has been a professor of mathematics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, teaching such courses as Linear Algebra, Complex Analysis and Functional Analysis. Focusing his work in the areas related to linear operators on Hilbert spaces of analytic functions, the primary goal of his research is to connect the operator theoretic structure of operators with the geometric and analytic structure of the functions defining the operator. He has advised multiple Ph.D. students throughout his tenure, having been the director of the Actuarial Science Program since 2010.

While fulfilling these appointments, Dr. Cowen was the dean of the School of Science at IUPUI from 2004 to 2006. Prior to his tenure at IUPUI, he was an assistant, associate and full professor at Purdue University between 1978 and 2004, having also served as the director of their Actuarial Science Program and head of the department of mathematics. During this time, he was also a visiting professor of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute within the department of mathematics at Ohio State University from 2002 to 2003. In addition to these roles, he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois and an instructor at Indiana University Easy from 1969 to 1972.

Alongside his primary career endeavors, Dr. Cowen has served in a number of associated positions, such as mentor for the National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences, member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, member of the math standing committee of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and consultant for Project NExT. In the past, he notably served as first vice president and president of the Mathematical Association of America, project director of the AMS Task Force on Excellence in Mathematics Scholarship, and two-time chair of the Indiana section of the Mathematical Association of America. In 2010, he further acted as the AMS representative on the program committee for the First International Congress on Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

A longtime member of the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the International Linear Algebra Society, among many others, Dr. Cowen has contributed myriad articles to such professional publications as the Journal of Functional Analysis, Complex Analysis Operator Theory, and the Taiwanese Journal of Mathematics.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the fields of mathematics and education, Dr. Cowen has accrued several accolades. Most recently earning the Bernie Morrel Teaching Award from the department of mathematical sciences at IUPUI in 2010, he also received a Distinguished Service Award and Certificate for Meritorious Service from the Mathematical Association of America in 2003 and 2009, respectively. Earlier in his career, he was honored with the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching in 1997 and the School of Science Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award from 1985 to 1986. He has additionally received numerous grants from the Simons Foundation and National Science Foundation throughout his career.

Married to Janice Ann Wheater since 1970, Dr. Cowen is the proud father of two children and grandfather of two grandchildren. He enjoys hiking and traveling in his spare time. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from Indiana University, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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