Dr. Patrick Nelson
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Professor Nelson received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Washington in 1998. He spent time at the University of Minnesota and Duke University before working as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Mathematics at the University of Michigan and then as a Research Professor in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at UM.
He received a Career Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in 2003 for his work on Mathematical Modeling of HIV, was awarded a $900,000 NSF UBM award in 2006 for developing an undergraduate program in Mathematical Biology at UM. He is now interested in developing similar undergraduate programs at Lawrence Tech in Applied Mathematics and Math Biology.
His current research interests include developing computer algorithms and web based interfaces for Type 1 Diabetes that can be implemented in the clinic as well as mathematical modeling of infectious diseases. He works on Delay Differential Equations topics applied to Automotive and Mechanical Engineering. His research interests are defined to help mentor undergraduates and graduate students to think as interdisciplinary scientists.
He directs the Math and Computer Science portion of the KCP program at LTU and is deeply interested about mentoring students, especially underrepresented students in Math and Science.
Personally, he is happily married to Dr. Trachette Jackson and has two wonderful boys, Joshua and Noah. His hobbies include both coaching and playing baseball and cooking.