Dr. Michael Zwilling

Teaching Area(s): Mathematics

Title: Professor of Mathematics
Courses Taught:
Mathematics

Math
I chose math as a professional because math was always my most difficult subject, so that made it the most interesting.

Educational Foundation
It is very fulfilling when former students return and express their gratitude for the educational foundation Mount Union provided them.

Learning by doing
Students learn math by doing math. There is no substitute for homework. Euclid scolded King Ptolemy: "There is no royal road to geometry"; 2300 years later, it is still true.

Interesting Research
I developed a classical cryptography course for freshmen, and I am currently researching negative binomial regression, which is a statistical technique for predicting count data.

Favorite Part of the Job
My favorite part of my job is helping students one-on-one so that we can focus on alternate methods for better understanding the material.

Favorite Building
My favorite building is Tolerton-Hood Hall, because that's where the math students hang out.

Mount Union Family
Mount Union is unique because the people are all so friendly and willing to help each other; it's like an extended family.

Preparing Students
Mount Union offers a rigorous and thorough education, both inside and outside the classroom. Employers have told me over and over again how well prepared Mount Union students are.

Research Interests
Multivariate statistical methods

Education
B.S., Education, Eastern Illinois University
M.A., Mathematics, Eastern Illinois University
M.S., Statistics, University of Illinois
Ph.D., Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University

Mount Union offers a rigorous and thorough education, both inside and outside the classroom. Employers have told me over and over again how well prepared Mount Union students are.

Fun Facts

Favorite Quote or Motto
"We don't plan to fail; we fail to plan."
Places to Visit or Things to Do
I want to visit the Vatican and the Holy Land.
Favorite Movie
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Favorite Book
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Hobbies and Interests
I like learning new things about computers.
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