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Kenneth Levasseur

Ken Lavasseur
Kenneth M LevasseurProfessor

Research Interests

Computational Mathematics, discrete mathematics, abstract algebra, computing with Mathematica

My main research interest is in implementation of algorithm in discrete mathematics and abstract algebra. I'm also interested in data visualization.

Education

  • Ph D: Mathematics, (1980), University of Rhode Island - Kingston, RI
    Supporting Area: Approximation Theory
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Best Approximation with Respect to Two Objectives
  • MS: Mathematics, (1973), University of Rhode Island
  • BA: Mathematics, (1971), St. Anselm College - Manchester, NH

Awards and Honors

  • Mathematical Sciences Teaching Excellence Award (2008), Teaching - UMass, Lowell
  • Mathematical Sciences Teaching Excellence Award (2002), Teaching - UMass, Lowell

Publications

  • Hibbard, A.C., Levasseur, K.M. (2012) "Exploring Abstract Algebra With Mathematica®," Springer Science & Business Media
  • Levasseur, K.M., Hibbard, A. (2000) "A Microworld for Learning Abstract Algebra," Journal/Anthology 9:
  • Hibbard, A.C., Levasseur, K.M. (1999) "Is This a Group?," Springer pp. 17–19
  • Levasseur, K.M. (1995) "The Solution of Linear Equations with Integer Coefficients Using Modular Arithmetic and Cramer’s Rule," Journal/Anthology 4:
  • Levasseur, K.M. (1988) "How to beat your kids at their own game," Mathematics Magazine pp. 301–305
  • Doerr, A.W., Levasseur, K.M. (1985) "Applied discrete structures for computer science," SRA School Group
  • Levasseur, K.M. (1984) "A probabilistic proof of the Weierstrass approximation theorem," Amer. Math. Monthly 91: pp. 249–250
  • Levasseur, K.M., Lewis, J.T. (1982) "Least-squares approximation with restricted range," Journal of Approximation Theory 36:4 pp. 304-316
  • Levasseur, K.M., Lewis, J.T. (1977) "Antenna Design as a Partial Basis Problem.," RHODE ISLAND UNIV KINGSTON DEPT OF MATHEMATICS

Presentations

  • What a Difference 30 Years Makes! - Adventures in Mathematics Textbook Publishing - Joint Math Meetings, January 2014 - Baltimore
  • How to Beat Your Kid at Their Own Game - Focus on Mathematics Seminar, January 2006
  • Using Interactive Labs to Explore Abstract Algebra Topics - Minicourse at the Joint Math Meetings, January 2002 - San Diego, CA
  • A Collaborative Approach to Professional Development Through Problem Solving - Special Session on Mathematics and Education Reform at the Joint Math Meetings, January 2001 - New Orleans, LA
  • A Microworld for Exploring Abstract Algebra - AMS Meeting, April 2000 - Lowell, MA
  • Interactive Labs in a Microworld for Abstract Algebra - NERCOMP Mathematica SIG, February 2000 - Amherst College
  • Exploring Abstract Algebra with Interactive Labs - Minicourse at the Joint Math Meetings, January 2000 - Washington, DC
  • Exploring Abstract Algebra with Interactive Labs - Minicourse at the Joint Math Meetings, January 1999 - San Antonio, TX
  • An On-line Course In Mathematica - UMass ITC Conference, April 1998
  • Exploring Abstract Algebra with Mathematica - UMass Lowell Mathematics Colloquium, April 1998 - Lowell, MA
  • Problem Solving in Mathematics - Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking Instruction, March 1998 - Lowell, MA

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Lowell Tex: Embracing Lowell's Cultural, Historical, and Educational Assets to Create Pathways to STEM (2015), Grant - UMass President's Office
    Hansen, C.J. (Co-Principal), Kuhn, S. (Principal), Kazmer, D.O. (Co-Principal), Reynaud, E. (Co-Principal), Levasseur, K.M. (Co-Principal), Scribner-Maclean, M. (Co-Principal)
  • Co-PI: UTeach replication grant (2012), Grant - Mass Dept. of Education
  • UTeach Replication (2011), Grant - MA Department of Education
  • ARRAS - U-TEACH UMass Lowell (2011), - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
    Levasseur, K.M. (Co-Principal)
  • Focus on Mathematics (2010), Contract - NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
    Levasseur, K.M. (Principal)
  • Mathematical Experiences MMSP - Title IIB (2010), Contract - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
    Levasseur, K.M. (Principal)
  • PI: UML subcontract for Mathematical Experiences (2008), Grant -
  • Focus on Mathematics (2009), Contract - NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
    Levasseur, K.M. (Principal)
  • Mathematical Experiences MMSP - Title IIB (2009), Contract - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
    Levasseur, K.M. (Principal)
  • Mathematical Experiences MMSP - Title IIB (2008), Contract - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
    Levasseur, K.M. (Principal)
  • Co-PI: UMass Instructional Technology Grant: Enhanced Learning and Advice through Online Assignments (2008), Grant - UML
    Levasseur, K.M.
  • PI of the UML subcontract for Focus on Mathematics (2003), Grant - UML
  • Co-PI: Teaching and Learning Seed Grant: Introducing WebWork to UML (2007), Grant - UML
    Levasseur, K.M.