Faculty Profile


Jenny McNulty

Jenny McNulty

Associate Dean / Professor

Email: mcnulty@mso.umt.edu
Office: LA 136 A
Office Hours:

By Appointment


Curriculum Vitae

Courses

Fall 2016: C&I 194 Freshman Seminar

Summer 2016 Schwanke Institute M 191 Discrete Math

Fall 2014:  M 191 Fairness and Social Justice

Education

Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Research Interests

Combinatorics, Matroids, Graph Theory

Outreach

Math Day is held in the fall for high school student to come to UM to have a unique math experience!  The Missoula Math Circle is an afterschool prorgam that meets both locally and remotely to continue the math experience from math day. We have a lot of fun doing things like playing tic tac toe on a torus, constructing aerodynamic airplanes, or investigating infinity! For more information: http://www.math.umt.edu/mathcircle/program.html .

Professional Experience

As a mathematician, I study matroids, which are abstractions of finite graphs, geometries or sets of vectors. While matroids are abstract structures, they are exactly what specifies if the greedy algorithm will work. Thus, matroids arise naturally in optimization. Matroids are a part of a branch of mathematics called Combinatorics. Techniques in combinatorics allow us to find a shortest route between two cities, to schedule airplanes (or buses or whatever) in an optimal manner and to schedule workers to jobs (classes to final exam slots or...)  optimally.

As the Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Science, I oversee research, IT and curriculum for the 23 units in the College. As such I work closely with the Department Chairs and Directors in the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. 

International Experience

April 2014 Travel to Ethiopia - U Gondar
Nov 2015 Travel to China - SISU, SOFE, Bejing Normal

I am currently a Fulbright Specialist for Mathematics Education.