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Kenneth Levasseur

Ken Lavasseur
Kenneth M LevasseurProfessor

Research Interests

Computational Mathematics

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.