I am a Professor of Mathematics at Whittier College. I joined the faculty in the Fall of 2007 immediately after completing my PhD in number theory from the University of South Carolina (advised by Michael Filaseta). I achieved tenure in 2013. I served as Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science from January 2015 to July 2018, and I was promoted to Professor in 2021.

My academic training is in number theory, particularly problems inspired by the work of Paul Erdős. I study covering systems of the integers. Many of my research papers are on coverings, and since coverings make for a friendly introduction to undergraduate mathematical research, many of my research projects with students have been on coverings as well. Recently, I have been thinking about applications of supersingular elliptic curves to cryptography.

However, I am also interested in interdisciplinary applications of mathematics, such as mathematics in literature and cinema or mathematical methods in sports analytics (FIFA Foe Fun!) and in mathematics pedagogy: I co-edited the book *Mathematical Themes in a First-Year Seminar*, that was published by the *MAA Notes* series in 2021*.* These have led to further scholarship for me and my students.

This webpage contains information about my research, my research with students, my teaching, and my conference travel.

Contact Info:

Mark Kozek

Professor

Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

Whittier College

Whittier, CA 90608-0634

E-mail: mkozek {A_T} whittier {dØt} edu

Telephone: (562) 907-4200 ext. 4441

Office: SLC 211-D