A History of the Mathematics Department at San Jose State

(obtained from old catalogs and newsletters) 


For more on the early history of the department and the math department curriculum throughout the years check the added appendix at the end of this history written by C. Kenneth Bradshaw, professor emeritus (1958-2001).


Addendum to Math Dept history (2005-2012)


In Spring 2005 the Bay Area Discrete (BAD) Math Day was held at San Jose State on Saturday, April 9.  Our own Tim Hsu is one of the members of the BAD Math organizing committee.  In the summer of 2007 the MAA Mathfest was held in downtown San Jose at the Fairmont Hotel.  Drs Cayco and Hsu organized a special session on Student Research in Industrial Mathematics. In Fall 2009 San Jose State hosted the CSU Math chair’s meeting.   The CSU Math chairs meet once every semester, somewhere in Northern California in the fall and Southern California in the spring to discuss issues common to every CSU Math department.  In Spring 2010 the Northern California Undergraduate Mathematics Conference was held at San Jose State on April 10.  This yearly conference had been held at Sonoma State for many years until it was decided to have a different university host the conference every year.  The organizers of the 2010 conference at SJSU were Tim Hsu and Bem Cayco.   In Fall 2012 the Mathematics Department honored its newest member Dr. Andrea Gottlieb, a new tenure-track statistician, with her own personal day, Andrea Gottlieb Day which was held on September 10, 2012.  



In spring 2008 the Math Department recruited two new applied math faculty members Plamen Koev (numerical analysis) and Jared Maruskin (dynamical systems).  In 2008 two faculty member Donald Weddington and Martin Billik ended their FERPS, in 2009 Linda Valdes retired, Dimitar Grantcharov resigned, and Ken Kellum began his FERP, in 2010 Jane Day and Natasha Bozovic ended their FERPS, Trisha Bergthold resigned, and Joanne Becker, Edward Schmeichel, Leslie Foster began their FERPs.  In Fall 2011 the number of tenured and tenure-track faculty in the Mathematics Department was down to 26, more than 2/3 of our classes were taught by part-time faculty, and for San Jose State as a whole the University ranked 20 out of 23 CSU campuses for the percentage of classes taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty.  In 2012 the department hired a new Statistician Andrea Gottlieb but our search for an applied mathematician failed.  The search for an applied mathematician continues in 2012-2013.  The new SJSU president has decided to hire clusters of faculty in “Cybersecurity” and “Big Data” which involve many departments.  The idea is evidently to hire faculty who can collaborate together as well as with local industries on topics of mutual interest. 


Chair election

2012-1013 is Professor Jackson’s 8th and final year as the Math Department chair.  Professor Jackson is going on sabbatical after the end of his second term as department chair.  An election for a new department chair was held with Drs. Cayco and Alperin on the ballot.  The votes are now in and Dr. Bem Cayco (affectionately known as Dr. Psycho) will be the new Math Department chair starting in Fall 2013.  San Jose State hired a new president Mo Qayomi in Fall 2011 replacing interim president Don Kassing and a new Provost Ellen Junn replacing interim provost Gerry Selter.  After a brief stint with only one office staff person for the entire department the Math department was finally able to hire a second full-time office staff person Michelle Del Real in Spring 2012.  



In fall 2011 the Math Department FTES reached a record high of 1442 FTES 1442 and in Fall 2012 the number of Math Department FTES was only slightly smaller with 1354 FTES.  Also in 2011 and 2012 two new programs involving Developmental Mathematics were implemented, Early Start which requires first-time freshman to start their remediation in the summer before they are admitted.  Also a pilot project called STATWAY partially funded by the Carnegie Foundation was implemented which allows students to combine their remediation with an elementary statistics course which completes their Area B4 GE requirement in 2 semesters rather than three semesters.       


In Fall 2011 the Mathematics Department was allowed to start a new MS Statistics program which was approved by the Council of Graduate Schools as a Professional Science Masters degree.  By the beginning of its 2nd year the MS Statistics program already had more than 50 majors. Because the Mathematics Department now has two Statistics programs we are petitioning to have our name changed to the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.  In Fall 2009 the Math Department was approved to offer three different concentrations in its BS Applied Mathematics programs, a Concentration in Statistics, a Concentration in Economics and Actuarial Science, as well as a concentration in Applied and Computational Mathematics.  Also at this time the Mathematics Department offered its first online courses, a Math 8 College Algebra and Trigonometry course taught by Hedley Morris and several Math 70 Finite Math and Math 129A Linear Algebra courses taught by Natasha Bozovic.   


Math Department Workshops 

Starting in Fall 2008 the Math Department implemented a series of workshops.  Initially the College of Science had a STEP grant which funded most of the costs of the workshops for the first 3 years.  For certain classes Math 19 Precalculus, Math 30/30P Calculus I, and Math 31 Calculus II, students were required to sign up for the workshop when they signed up for the course.  Because many engineering and science programs which require calculus are already over the 120-unit limit, the students in these courses were allowed to opt-out of the workshop but only if they came to the math office.  For other courses College Algebra, Discrete Math, Calculus III, and Business Calculus the workshops were strictly voluntary (opt-in).  Interestingly enough for courses with opt-out workshops about 80-90% of the students end up taking the workshop and for courses with voluntary workshops only about 15-30% of the students end up taking the workshop.  In the workshops, students work on extra problems (in addition to their regular homework) in small groups.  The workshops each have a student facilitator who is there to help guide the students when they get stuck.  Workshops meet twice a week for 75 minutes.  For Math 19 Precalculus at San Jose State we had the following passing rates (C or greater) Fall 2003-Spring 2005 55% [no placement exam, no workshops}, Fall 2010-Spring 2012  71% [no placement, opt-out workshops], F05-S08 59% [placement exam, no workshops], and F09-S10 74% [placement exam, opt-out workshops]. In Math 30/30P Calculus I the passing rate (C or greater) was 60% from F03-F08 and 70% from F09-S12.  For Math 31 Calculus II the passing rate (C- or greater) was 62% from  F03-S09 (no workshops) and 69% from F09-S12 (opt-out workshops).  The workshops should help improve the graduation and retention rates for a variety of mathematics, science, and engineering majors which is a major concern of the SJSU administration these days so it was arranged that the Math Dept would get a large space in the basement of WSQ (WSQ 1) where we could build 4 workshop rooms as well as a new CAMCOS room.  In Fall 2011 the College of Business asked the Math Dept to arrange for opt-out workshops in Business Calculus so that will start in Spring 2013.   



From Fall 2001 (the semester he arrived at San Jose State) through Fall 2012 Dr. Tim Hsu was the director of our CAMCOS program.  During that time he arranged 24 projects for a variety of sponsors.  We congratulate Dr. Hsu on a very successful tenure as the CAMCOS director.  The founder of CAMCOS, Dr. Jane Day arranged 28 projects from Spring 1983 through Summer 1988.  After Jane Day stepped down in 1988 the CAMCOS program had a number of short term directors but it wasn’t ever quite as active until Dr. Hsu took over in 2001.  Starting in Fall 2012 Dr. Slobodan Simic has taken over the post of CAMCOS director.  We wish him and the CAMCOS program well.   



At the end of the academic year 2008-2009, the US (and the world) economy went into a deep recession.  During summer 2009 Chancellor Charles Reed decided to not award several faculty pay increases that were in the contract.  It was just one of many cost-cutting measures that were implemented in the next few years.  In academic year 2009-2010 faculty staff were forced to take furloughs and an associated 9% pay cut.  The following year 2010-2011 the university cut a number of staff positions.  In   The math office staff was cut from 2.5 to 1.5 positions.  Debbie Cortez our calculus coordinator moved to a job in the registrar’s office.  At that time the Math Dept shared one other staff person Leslie Blum who worked simultaneously in the Geology, Math and Meteorology offices.  Eventually we were able to hire a second full-time person Michelle del Real in the spring of 2012.  Also in 2010-2011 the faculty were working without a contract while negotiations on the new contract stalled.  In 2011-2012 the faculty voted to authorize a strike and 1-day strikes did occur at 2 of the 23 CSU campuses.  Finally in 2012 a new contract was approved.  The new contract did not contain any faculty pay increases not even the pay increases from the previous contract that the chancellor did not fund.  Throughout this time hiring was restricted and the Math Department was not allowed to hire anyone from Spring 2008 until Spring 2012.  During that time the Department lost about 7 FTEF due to retirements, resignations, etc. and we are now down to 26 tenured and tenure-track faculty members from a high of about 36 in 2005.  By Fall 2011 only about 1/3 of the Math Department’s classes were taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty.  As a whole, SJSU was 20th out of 23 CSU campuses in terms of the percentage of classes taught by tenured and tenure-track faculty.  In Fall 2012 the new provost decided to cut 500 sections and increase the sizes of the remaining sections to compensate.  The Math Dept was asked to cut 23 sections.  It was also decided that all upper division classes needed to have a minimum of 15 students and all graduate classes needed to have a minimum of 10 students.  It seems likely that plans for program cutting/merging may be the next step in the financial cost-cutting schemes.  In this fall’s election the governor’s budget proposal Proposition 30 contains a tax increase to help fund the CSU.  Over the years the state support for the CSU has dropped from about 2/3 state-supported to roughly 40% state-supported.  


Math Dept Scholarships

Each spring the Math Department awards several scholarships, including the Math Department Scholarship, the Morton Future teacher Award, the Richard C. Dieckmann Scholarship, Kenneth C. Bradshaw Award for the Outstanding TA, the Franklin B. Fuller Scholarship, the Paul F. Byrd Award, the Verner E. Hoggatt Award for Outstanding Research Potential, as well as Putnam Exam Awards.  In Spring 2012 the winners of the Math Department scholarships were Charles Peterson and Katarina Gagic Math Department Scholarship, Mai Tram Nguyen Morton Future teacher Award, Gina Ma Richard C. Dieckmann Scholarship, Amy Dreiling Kenneth C. Bradshaw Award for the Outstanding TA, Sarah Bass Franklin B. Fuller Scholarship, Michelle Hartano and Yin Xueqin Paul F. Byrd Award, and Patrick Weed Verner E. Hoggatt Award for Outstanding Research Potential.


In Spring 2011 the winners of the Math Department scholarships were Jonathan Leaf and Fangren Ji Math Department Scholarship, Mai Tram Nguyen Morton Future teacher Award, Robert McGuigan Richard C. Dieckmann Scholarship, Usha Watson Kenneth C. Bradshaw Award for the Outstanding TA, Gonzalo Moya Franklin B. Fuller Scholarship, Michelle Hartano and Jonathan Chi Paul F. Byrd Award, Katherine Isaacs Verner E. Hoggatt Award for Outstanding Research Potential, and Robert McGuigan 1st and Vlad Dumitriu 2nd Putnam Exam Awards.

In Spring 2010 the winners of the Math Department scholarships were Dylan Rich Math Department Scholarship, Pedro Garcia Morton Future teacher Award, Usha Watson Richard C. Dieckmann Scholarship, Stephanie Vergara Kenneth C. Bradshaw Award for the Outstanding TA, Gregory Drysdale Franklin B. Fuller Scholarship, Caleb Wright Paul F. Byrd Award, Robert McGuigan Verner E. Hoggatt Award for Outstanding Research Potential, and Vlad Dumitriu 1st, Douglas Mathews 2nd, Truong Nguyen and Rich Chaffino 3rd Putnam Exam Awards.

In Spring 2009 the winners of the Math Department scholarships were En-Ju Lin and Robert McGuigan Math Department Scholarship, Leslie Stamm Morton Future teacher Award, Christopher Schultz Richard C. Dieckmann Scholarship, Michael Vartanian Kenneth C. Bradshaw Award for the Outstanding TA, David Zimmermann Franklin B. Fuller Scholarship, Vinh Kha Nguyen Paul F. Byrd Award, and Sejal Dharia Verner E. Hoggatt Award for Outstanding Research Potential.

In Spring 2008 the winners of the Math Department scholarships were Chris Fowler Math Department Scholarship, Morton Future teacher Award, Leslie Stamm Richard C. Dieckmann Scholarship, Simon Ward Kenneth C. Bradshaw Award for the Outstanding TA, Peter Hansen and Anita Chinthalapati Franklin B. Fuller Scholarship, Michael Pejic Paul F. Byrd Award, Siddhartha Kanungo Verner E. Hoggatt Award for Outstanding Research Potential, and Siddhartha Kanungo 1st, Cuong Dong 2nd, and Phuong Ho 3rd Putnam Exam Awards.


In Fall 2008, two new applied mathematicians joined the Mathematics Department.  Dr. Jared Maruskin received his PhD in Applied and Interdisciplinary Mathematics from the University of Michigan in Spring 2008.  His research is in dynamical systems with applications to the tracking of space debris.  Dr. Plamen Koev received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2002.  He spent five years at MassachusettsInstitute of Technology and one year at North Carolina State University before coming to San Jose State.  His research is in Numerical Analysis and Computational Mathematics.  Dr. Linda Valdes will be retiring after Spring 2009.  She first came to the Mathematics Department in Fall 1990.  Because of the California budget crisis we weren’t allowed to hire anyone this year.  But next year we are expecting about 4 retirements so hopefully we will be given permission to hire several new faculty members.  There were a lot of people in the Mathematics Department taking a sabbatical this year, Roger Alperin (Fall and Spring), Joanne Becker (Fall and Spring), Wasin So (Fall), Barbara Pence (Spring), as well as Dimitar Grantcharov who was on leave to spend a year at the University of Texas Arlington, and Ferdinand Rivera who was on leave to spend a year at the National Science Foundation.  We also hired one new office staff person to replace Thien-Huong Palmer who retired in Spring 2008.  Renee Paris came to us from the office of International and Extended Studies.  She and Debbie Cortez had worked together in that office for several years so it was a reunion of sorts here in the Math office. 


In the Fall semester several Math Department faculty and students attended a BAD Math Day conference to listen to talks about Discrete Math and meet with other researchers in discrete mathematics from around the Bay Area.  The Math Department also had a fall party at Marilyn Blockus’ house in Cupertino.  She got to show us her new redwood trees planted in memory of Dave Blockus.  Several emeritus faculty attended the party including Dmitri Thoro, John Mitchem, Ken Bradshaw, Fred Stern, Marjorie Fitting, Edgar Simons, Don Weddington, and Eloise Hamann.  The annual Problem of the Week competition was also held during the fall semester.  Zachi Baharav won the $50 first prize in the graduate division, Phuong Ho won the $50 first prize in the undergraduate division, and Sahana Vasudevan won the $50 first prize in the San Jose Math Circle division.  At the end of the Fall semester the Department held its first ever Fall graduation ceremony for the students.  


In the spring semester the Math Department held its annual Pi Day celebration on Friday, March 13 (one day early).  Math Department faculty, staff, and students together with guests from the College of Science dined on pizza, salad, and pie.  Students also participated in the annual pi repeating contest.  The 31st annual San Jose State Expanding Your Horizon’s conference was held on the Pi day, Saturday March 14.  The conference is designed to encourage the interest of middle school girls in math and science and was organized by Bem Cayco and Julie Sliva from the Mathematics Department along with many other volunteers.  The department faculty also helped to organize and supervise several other outreach events including the 46th Math Field Day on March 21, 2009 which hosts teams from local high schools who are interested in mathematical problem solving.  Dr. Cayco and several students also attended the undergraduate mathematics conference at Sonoma State on April 4, 2009.  Evidently Dr. Cayco has agreed to organize the undergraduate mathematics conference in Spring 2010, which will be held at San Jose State.  Tim Hsu was the coordinator of the Mathematics Department colloquium this year.  In addition to many fine talks by mathematicians, on April 8 US Representative Jerry McNerny gave a talk in WSQ 109 before a crowd of 70 or so people.  Dr. McNerny is the only US congressman with a mathematics PhD.  On Sunday May 3 the annual Math Department party/picnic will be held at 1:30.  All Math Dept faculty, staff, and emeritus faculty are invited.  The party will be preceded by a walk through Neary Lagoon on the “real” Santa Cruz Boardwalk.  On “Dead” Day, Thursday May 14, the Math Department will hold its annual CAMCOS Reports Day.  This spring we have one CAMCOS project supervised by Slobodan Simic and sponsored by Dr. Jeffrey Scargle from NASA Ames.  On the same day the Math Department will hold its annual graduation and awards ceremony.            



In 2005 Brad Jackson becomes the Math dept. chair, wisely taking a one semester sabbatical in Victoria, Canada before he starts.  Dr. Mohammed Saleem receives an SJSU Teacher-Scholar award in 2005.  One new faculty member joins the Math Dept. in 2005, Bee Leng Lee, Statistics/Biostatistics Ph.D. Wisconsin.  The 2005 Math Dept. scholarship winners are Hoggatt prize, Dashiell Fryer, Byrd award Matthew Lewinski, Bradshaw award, Faun Maddux, Fuller scholarships, Marian Hofer, Maheen Khan, Dieckmann scholarships, Uldarico Muico, Morton award, Khanh Nguyen, Math Dept. scholarship, Tu Anh Nguyen.  Slate blackboards, overhead projectors, and TVs, in our MacQuarrie Hall classrooms are gradually being replaced by whiteboards and LCD projectors.  Professor Bee Leng Lee (2005-) Statistics Ph.D. U. of Wisconsin joins our faculty in 2005.   John Mitchem officially retires in 2005-06 after many years of serving the Math Dept. including 8 years as its chair.  In 2006 Dr. Tatiana Shubin receives the MAA Northern California Section award for distinguished college or university teaching.  At the same time, Professors Dan Goldston and Joanne Becker are named co-Professors of the year for 2006 by the Santa Clara Valley Mathematics Association.  Also in 2006 Dr. Joanne Becker receives an SJSU Teacher-Scholar award.  Eloise Hamann retires in 2006-07.  She had served as the math department chair twice for a total of 5.5 years.  The Math Club gets a room in 2006 (sharing MH 226 with the CS club).  The 2006 Math Dept. scholarship winners are Hoggatt prize, Weitao Wu, Byrd award Cuong Dong, Bradshaw award, Viet Nguyen, Fuller scholarships, Katherine Shelley, Dieckmann scholarships, Alex Huang, Senorina Vazquez, Morton award, Khanh Nguyen, Math Dept. scholarship, Michael Vartanian, and Putnam prizes, 1st place Cuong Dong.  In Spring 2007 Dr. Martin Billik retires after 45 years in the Math Dept., a longevity record that will likely never be matched.  Hedley Morris also retires in 2006-2007.  During 2007, the 29th annual Expanding Your Horizons conference and the 45th annual Math Field Day are both held at San Jose State.  Though this year for the first time the Math Dept. is required to purchase liability insurance to hold these activities at San Jose State (that's progress for you).  The 2007 MAA MathFest will be held in San Jose this summer jointly with the annual meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology.  The Math Dept. is in the midst of organizing a Professional Science Master's Degree in Applied Math and Statistics.  A Professional Science Master's Degree is a terminal degree that is designed to give the best possible training for students that want to work for business, government, or industry.   The 2007 Math Dept. scholarship winners are Hoggatt prize, Cuong Dong, Byrd award Siddhartha Kanungo, Bradshaw award, Tracy Holsclaw, Fuller scholarships, Ryan Flarity, Katherine Shelley, Dieckmann scholarships, Wilson Florero, Abera Jiru, Morton award, Michael Vartanian, Math Dept. scholarship, Masayo Sato, and Putnam prizes, 1st place Cuong Dong and 2nd place Siddhartha Kanungo.  Cuong Dong also wins the undergraduate division of the Problem of the Week competition for the 3rd consecutive year.  Dr. Ferdinand Rivera receives an SJSU Teacher-Scholar award for 2007, the third consecutive year that this award is given to a math dept. faculty member.  During the summer the MAA MathFest will be held in downtown San Jose.  This year the MAA will be meeting jointly with Pi Mu Epsilon, the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Euler Society, and the Women Count Conference.  Many of the faculty hired in the 1980's, are now approaching retirement age and the Math Dept. will likely go through a new wave of hiring in the next few years.   One new faculty member will be joining the Math Dept. in Fall 2007, Martina Bremer Statistics/Biostatistics Ph.D. Purdue.  In 2007-2008, the Math Department hires two new applied math faculty, Plamen Koev PhD University of California, Berkeley and Jared Maruskin Dynamical Systems PhD Applied Math, University of Michigan, in hopes of getting some energetic young faculty members who will be willing and eager to supervise CAMCOS projects.  In Fall 2007 Siddhartha Kanungo wins the undergraduate division of the annual Math Department Problem of the Week competition by getting a perfect score on every problem.  Cuong Dong comes in second even though he had perfect scores on every problem but the last one.  Michael Pejic was the winner of the graduate division of the POW.  Siddhartha Kanungo, Cuong Dong, and Phuong Ho score a total 57 points on the Putnam Exam and the SJSU team ends up roughly at the 10th percentile of the 500+ teams participating nationwide.  Scholarship winners for 2007-2008 are Hoggatt prize Siddhartha Kanungo, Bradshaw award Simon Ward, Math Dept. scholarship Chris Fowler, Fuller scholarships Anita Chinthalapati and Peter Hansen, Dieckmann scholarship Sejal Dharia, Byrd scholarship Michael Pejic, Morton award Leslie Stamm.  The first Billik prize in Analysis was awarded this year to Jason Smith for his research and classwork in Partial Differential Equations.  A generous donation by Emeritus Faculty Martin Billik who spent 45 years in the Math Department (1961-2007) is used to fund this award to a student who does outstanding classwork or research in the area of analysis (ODE, PDE, numerical analysis, real analysis, or complex analysis).  At the annual Pi Day party with the Math Club, one student correctly remembers more than 90 digits of pi in the pi repeating contest.  Seven years after the Math Department and CS departments split, we hold a joint Math/CS picnic in spring 2008.  A masters student in mathematics, Katherine Shelley, wins one of two SJSU outstanding thesis awards for 2008.   Two Math Department faculty members, Igor Malyshev and Don Weddington, retire in 2007-2008.  In 2006 a new BS Applied and Computational Math, Emphasis in Economics, Finance, and Actuarial Science, was approved.  Kristofer Kraynick, a 2008 Math Dept. graduate is the first student to satisfy the requirements of this program. 



Dr. Mike Burke finishes his term as Math Dept. chair in 2001.  The 2000 Math Dept. scholarship winners are Hoggatt prize, Danielle Hogan, Byrd award, Paul Boone, Bradshaw award, Anh Nguyen, Fuller scholarships,  Hui Chen, Rishi Manocha, Lifeng Shen, Dieckmann scholarships, Robert Cee, Akarsha Kumar, Bangthan Thi Nguyen, and Sandy Nguyen, Math/CS Dept. scholarships Jennifer Aparisi, Nadia Ghamrawi, Kwai-Hing Man, Mark Mitchell, Kelvin Shum, Anna Strong, Angela Tran, Abhinand Vase.  After Dr. Burke steps down as the Math/CS Dept. chair , Dr. David Hayes serves as the last chair of the combined Math and Computer Science department from 2001-02.  New computer science faculty joining the Math/CS Dept. in 2001 are professors Robert Chun, Steve Kennedy, Suneuy Kim, and Chris Pollett.  New math faculty joining the Math/CS Dept. in 2001 are Julie Sliva (2000-) Math Education Ph.D. North Carolina, Steve Crunk (2001-) Statistics Ph.D. U. of Pennsylvania and Tim Hsu (2001-) Algebra/Combinatorics Ph.D. Princeton.  Dr. Hsu immediately becomes the new CAMCOS director and proceeds to revive this program, which had been dormant for several years.  Many new CAMCOS projects with scientists from NASA Ames are initiated.   In 2001 Professor Joanne Becker receives the Edward Begle Memorial Award for her many achievements and her leadership in the math education community in California.  The 2001 Math Dept. scholarship winners are Hoggatt prize, Rose George, Byrd award, Ramanjit Sahi, Lei Wang, Bradshaw award, David Barnes, Fuller scholarships, Faun Hammon, Elo Leung, Dieckmann scholarships, Nadia Ghamrawi, Mark Mitchell, Math/CS Dept. scholarships Sudha Duvuru, Tim Fish, Lynh Pham, Harakchand Vira, James Dimaggio, Hong Li, Kwai-Hing Man, Kristanto Oetmo.  In 2001-02 the number of students taught by the Math Dept. reaches an all-time high of more than 2700 FTES.  In Fall 2002 the Math and CS Department splits into separate Math and Computer Science Departments.  The CS department retains the second floor office (MH 208) and the Math Dept. office moves to the third floor (MH 308).  After the split David Hayes becomes the chair of the computer science department and Roger Alperin becomes the chair of the Math Dept. from Fall 2002-Fall 2003.  At about this time the Math Dept. offers its first online courses.  Professor Morris offers an online Math 8 College Algebra and Trigonometry course and Professor Bozovic offers online courses in Math 70 Finite Math and Math 19 Precalculus.  New faculty members joining the Math Dept. in 2002 are professors Trisha Bergthold (2002-) Math Education Ph.D. U. of Oklahoma and Ferdinand Rivera (2002-) Math Education Ph.D. Ohio State.  The 2002 Math Dept. scholarship winners are Hoggatt prize, Charles O'Sullivan, Byrd award, David Barnes, Rafaello Colasante, Bradshaw award, Tim Fish, Fuller scholarships, Ramanjit Sahi, Sundararajan Arabhi, Stephanie Bagneris, Dieckmann scholarships, Rachel Burnsed, Nadia Ghamrawi, Yim Lee.  In 2003 Professor Dan Goldston and his Turkish colleague Cem Yalcin Yildirim announce a major new result concerning the spacings between primes.  While their original theorem is flawed after two years of additional work they correct their theorem and a short slick proof of this result is produced.  Professor Goldston is selected, as the San Jose State Scholar of the Year, in 2005 by President Don Kassing.  The 2003 Math Dept. scholarship winners are Hoggatt prize, Qiang Wang, Bradshaw award, James Kittock, Byrd award, Tuanh Nguyen, Alina Alt, Faun Maddux, Ivan Zaigralin, Xinrong Liu, Felipe Ibarra, Fuller scholarship, Claude Cassano, Dieckmann scholarships Tuanh Nguyen, Alina Alt, and Faun Maddux.       

     After Roger Alperin steps down as the Math Dept chair Eloise Hamann offers to serve as the interim Math Dept. chair for 3 semesters from Spring 2004 - Spring 2005.  Dr. Hamann comments that it is much more enjoyable and less stressful to be the chair of the Math Dept. alone (after the split) than it was being the chair of the combined Math and CS Dept.    On the downside after the end of the dotcom boom Math Dept. enrollments drop by about 25% from 2001-02 to 2005-06, enrollments in the CS Dept. drop by more than 50%.  New faculty joining the Math Dept. in 2004 are professors Slobodan Simic (2004-) Dynamical Systems Ph.D. UC Berkeley and Dimitar Grantcharov (2004-) Lie Algebras Ph.D. UC Riverside.  The 2004 Math Dept. scholarship winners are Hoggatt prize, Claude Cassano, Bradshaw award, Tuanh Gia Nguyen, Byrd award, Maheen Khan, Fuller scholarship, Uldarico Muico, Dieckmann scholarships, Siu Ming Choy, Kim Dang, Morton award, Dashiell Fryer, Rosalind Le, Math Dept. scholarships, Nita Barve, Nathalie Grima.  Also in 2004, Math Department masters student , James Kittock wins one of the two the SJSU outstanding thesis awards.  Professor Amy Rocha dies in Spring 2005 and a special memorial is held at the beginning of the fall semester.  Susan McClory, the long-time director of the department's developmental math program, receives the first (2005) San Jose State Lecturer of the Year award.  The Math Dept. finally gets its own common room and a sink is added in 2006.  The department decides to name the common room after Les Lange, longtime Math Dept. chair and Dean of the School of Science.  In 2003 Robert L. Caret steps down as the president of San Jose State to become the president at Towson State University.  Don Kassing becomes the interim president of San Jose State.       



In 1997 Eloise Hamann finishes her term as the Math/CS chair.  In 1996 Ken Bradshaw was honored with a lifetime membership in the Santa Clara Valley Mathematics Association for his dedication to mathematics education.  Also in 1996 Professor Joanne Becker becomes the vice president of the Northern Section of the California Council of Mathematics.  The Math Dept. scholarship winners in 1996 are Hoggatt prize, Sarah Kong, Bradshaw award Marlene Dwyer, Byrd award, Sanja Petrovic, Fuller scholarships, Janet Glosup, Parisa Safa, Dieckmann scholarships, Teresa Chiu, Randolph Schmidt, Math and CS Dept. scholarships, Mei Wern Cheng, Lily Dalton, Annapoorani Ganesan, Anna Strong, Colin Anderson, Farideh Dormishian, Debbie Gonzalez, Cathy Humphreys, Hongpin Lin, Xiaomin Qu, Sandeep Shenoy, Saraswati Tumuluri, Omobola Wusu, Jiaoyang Zhou and Fujitsu Scholarships, Samantha Mbozi-Harding, Bang Nguyen, Shubhra Sitholey, Hang Tran, Aida Youssef.  Cem Yalcin Yildirim, a Turkish number theorist, visits the Math Dept. in 1996.  He later teams with Dan Goldston to prove some important new results regarding the spacing of primes.  In 1996, 6 generous donors, Rick Warner, Wenquing Fang, Steve Leonard, Al Halteman, Arthur Hiatt, and Eloise Hamann, who each donated $1000 or more to the Math/CS Dept. Upgrade, are honored for their much-appreciated contributions.     

     From 1997- 2001 Michael Burke serves as the new chair of the Math and CS Dept.  The department develops a new emphasis MA Math – Emphasis in Secondary Mathematics Education designed for pre-service and practicing secondary mathematics teachers.  One new faculty member joins the Math Dept. in 1998, Cheryl Roddick, Mathematics Education Ph.D. Ohio State.  At about this time the Math and CS department starts to use C++ as the language of choice for the introductory programming courses.  The departmental computer labs are upgraded so that every computer in every student lab is a Pentium processor with 32 MB of RAM running Windows NT.  In Fall 1997 the number of students enrolled in CS courses rises by 30%, the number of students in math courses rises by about 10%.  This rapid growth continues for several years during the dotcom boom.  The 1997 Math Dept. scholarship winners include Hoggatt prize, Sanja Petrovic, Fuller scholarships, Bangtam Nguyen, Anna Strong, Byrd award, Sean Bohaty, Bradshaw award, Ken Nowak, Dieckmann scholarships, Yin Chen, Janet Glosup, Hang Tran, and Linda Yang, Math/CS Dept. scholarships William Browning, Farideh Dormishian, Annapoorani Ganesa, Samantha Mbozi-Harding, Christopher Taylor, Ashima Verma, Dongming Yao, Sandy Zhang, Jiao Yang Zhou.  The Math/CS Dept. begins an internship program supervised by Professor John Avila, which pairs up students with internships at local companies.  The department also develops a certificate in Unix Systems Administration.  Professors Tatiana Shubin and David Hayes are instrumental in helping to develop the Math Circles, Bay Area Mathematical Adventures (BAMA), and Bay Area Mathematical Olympiad (BAMO), which are designed to promote interest in mathematics among talented middle school and high school students.  The 1998 Math Dept. scholarship winners include Hoggatt prize, Angela Tran, Bradshaw award, Janet Glosup, Jose Trujillo, Byrd award, Guillermo Paniagua, Fuller scholarships, Annapoorani Ganesan, Xiuhui Sylvia Li, Tai Manh Nguyen, Linda Yang, Dieckmann scholarships, Amy Burns, Paul Sumares, Ashima Verma, Liming Xiang, Math & CS Dept. scholarships, Yin Chen, Fariden Dormishan, Hang Thanh Thu Ngo, Bangtam Thi Nguyen, and Nikunjkumar Patel.  At about this time JAVA becomes the official language in the introductory CS courses.  The 1999 scholarship winners are Hoggatt, Julie Varner, Bradshaw, Linda Roper, Loretta Silverman, Byrd, Mark Mitchell, Fuller scholarships, Joseph Tran, Tam Minh Tran, Sandy Zhang, Dieckmann scholarships, Denise Nguyen, Amidha Shyamsukha, Paul Sumares, Yanhong Zhao, Math & CS Dept scholarships, Dawn Chang, Danielle Hogan, Kwai-Hing Man, Hang Ngo, Bangtam Nguyen, Anna Strong, Angela Tran.  At about this time Brad Jackson organizes an annual Problem of the Week competition, which is held each fall to encourage interest in problem solving and to increase student participation in the Putnam Exam, a nationwide problem solving competition. 



From 1990-1993 Veril Phillips finishes his 2nd four-year term as the math department chair.  At about this time a new faculty seminar starts meeting, the computer science seminar.  At the Math Dept. picnic in the spring of 1990, the faculty lose to the students in the annual student-faculty softball game 16-13 for the first time ever.  The Mathematics and Computer Science Education Center is formed in 1989.  In 1990 John Mitchem and Jon Pearce receive Fulbright awards to teach in Africa.  The new faculty joining the Math & CS Dept. during this decade include professors T.Y. Lin (1990-) Database security/CS Ph.D. Yale, Mohammed Saleem (1990-) Numerical Analysis/Applied Math Ph.D. UC Davis, Linda Valdes (1990-) Graph Theory/Algorithms Ph.D. UC Santa Cruz, Vladimir Drobot (1990-) Number Theory Ph.D. Illinois, Agustin Araya (1991-) machine learning/CS Ph.D. Texas, Sami Khuri (1992-) Algorithms Ph.D. Syracuse, and Melody Moh (1993-) Networks Ph.D. UC Davis.  The Math Dept. scholarship winners in 1990 include Hoggatt prize Tanya Boboricken, Fuller scholarships, Tanya Boboricken, Susan L. Hansen, Yu-Lin Tai, Allen K.S. Yuen, Dieckmann scholarships, Isabelle C. Coja, Scott Corcoran, Vandana Mundy, Richard O'Neill, Tho Tran, Math/CS Dept. scholarships Grant Martin, Minh Nguyen, Cheuk Kin Wong, Zhang Yang, Putnam prizes Daniel Lawson 1st place Julie Mitchell 2nd place and Christopher Jang 3rd place.  The beginning computer science courses CS 46A, 46B, and 146A now all are taught using PASCAL.  In 1991 three Math and CS department students William S. Dunlap, Susan L. Hansen, and Christopher D. Jang win $5000 ARCS scholarships.  Three math majors Tanya Boboricken, Rebecca Wahl, and Bernadette Moise are awarded Pre-doctoral grants.  The Math Dept. scholarship winners in 1991 include Hoggatt prize Julie Mitchell, Fuller scholarships Sayah Beheshti, Tanya Boboricken, Suhair Halteh, Craig Hamilton, Alice Lee, Connie Schlechter, Zhenfang Zhang, Dieckmann scholarships, William Dunlap, Allan Gale, Julie Mitchell, Sylvia Valdes, Wei Zhang.  In 1992 plans are announced that a new Science building will be built to house the Math and Computer Science department.  After 15 years we’re still waiting.  Professor Paul Byrd dies in the spring of 1991.  He first came to SJSU in 1959 as a part-time instructor while he worked full time at NASA Ames. After retiring from NASA in 1974 he started working full-time at San Jose State.  During his tenure at San Jose State he supervised 17 master’s thesis students.  Overall he taught for 30 years in the Math Dept.  His most famous publication was the Handbook of Elliptic Integrals for Engineers and Scientists, which was published by Springer-Verlag.  Plans to fund a new scholarship in his honor are announced shortly after his death.  Kent Okasaki, a former student, and various colleagues from the department contribute money to fund this scholarship.  The Math Dept. scholarship winners in 1992 include Hoggatt prize Jeffrey Stride, Fuller scholarships Wenqing Fang, Daniel Lawson, Dieckmann scholarships Gene Yao, Math/CS Dept. scholarships Tanya Boboricken, Jeffrey Stride, Wei Zhang, Putnam prize Christopher Jang 1st place.   

     In 1993 Veril Phillips steps down as Math and CS department chair to become the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs.  From 1993-1997 Eloise Hamann takes his place as the Math and CS department chair.   The 1993 scholarship winners are Hoggatt prize, Fred Bourgoin, Fuller Scholarships, Zhang Wei, Fang Wenqing, Karl Yorston, Dieckmann scholarships, Yufeng Cheng, Marlene Dwyer, Howard Lin, Math and CS scholarships, Nui Ming Chu, Ahmad Yousef Darwiche, Chieko Honma, Mark Hessenflow, Silvia Lopez, Lisa Villanueva, Yi-Wen Wang, and Jeffrey O’Connell becomes the first recipient of the Bradshaw award honoring the best math department TA.  This award honors emeritus professor Ken Bradshaw, known as an excellent teacher throughout his career in the Math Dept.  He first joined the department in 1958 and served for many years as the associate chair.  In 1993 Karl Yorston also wins a $5000 ARCS scholarship.  In 1993 ex-dean (and ex-math dept. chair) Lester Lange receives the MAA Polya award for his article, “A Random Ladder Game: Permutations, Eigenvalues, and Convergence of Markov Chains”.  This award, established in 1976, is named after the renowned teacher and writer George Polya, and is given for articles of expository excellence published in the College Mathematics Journal.  Also in 1993 Dmitri Thoro is awarded a life-time membership in the Santa Clara Valley Mathematics Association for his many contributions to that organization, including his many years of helping to organize the Math Field Day for high school students which is held annually at San Jose State University.  At about this time the Math/CS Dept. starts to use the C programming language in its introductory programming courses.  In addition, the Math/CS Dept. starts to offer a Novell network management certificate.  In 1994 Dr. Jane Day receives the MAA Northern California Section award for distinguished college or university teaching.  Marc Knobel receives a $5000 ARCS scholarship in 1994.  The math dept. scholarship winners for 1994 are Hoggatt prize, Mark Hessenflow, Bradshaw  award, Elizabeth Milanovich, Byrd scholarship Gene Yau, Takeuchi scholarship, Wenqing Fang, Fuller scholarships, Gretchen Ann Ehlers, Marc Knobel, Juliekara Techasaratoole, and Winston Wheeler, Dieckmann scholarships, Thu Ton, Aida Youssef, Math & CS scholarships, Kin Ling Cheng, Teresa L. Chiu, Loren Vanderbeek, Aye Aye Mya Ma, Sanja Petrovic, and Putnam prize winners, William C. Bynum and Sanja Petrovic. In the mid-90’s the math dept. experiments with the introduction of graphing calculators and the use of the Harvard reform calculus books in its calculus sequence.  The computer science program was officially accredited in 1994.  Mathematics graduate student Gretchen Ehlers was awarded a prestigious Eleanor Roosevelt Teacher Fellowship for 1994-95.  In 1995 the last pieces of asphalt from what was once San Carlos street (which was permanently closed in 1994) are removed and replaced by grass and trees.  At the same time the interior of  MacQuarrie Hall is renovated including upgrades and improvements to the Math and CS department network.  The Math and CS department gets its first web site in 1995.  The scholarship winners in 1995 include Hoggatt prize, Aida Youssef, Byrd Award, Sanja Petrovic, Bradshaw award Colin T. Anderson, Fuller scholarships, Steven Shing-Kai Cheung, Tae Ho Kim, Jonny K. Lo, Colin Anderson, Dieckmann scholarships, Janet C. Glosup, Marc S. Knobel, Math and CS scholarships, Mei-Wern Chang, Elizabeth S. Milanovich, Jeffrey P. O’Connell, Savitha Sathyanarayana, Sandeep Venkatesh Shenoy, Shubhra Sitholey, and Sherilynn Skiba.  From 1991-1994 J. Handel Evans serves as the interim president of San Jose State.  Starting in 1994 Robert L. Caret becomes the president of San Jose State. 



From 1985-1989 Veril Phillips serves as the Math Dept. chair.  Mildred Martinelli, a graduate student in our department receives a $5000 ARCS scholarship.  Professor James Smart receives a Dean’s Award for Exemplary Academic Citizenship.  New faculty members joining the Math Dept. during this period are professors Eloise Hamann (1985-2006) Commutative Algebra/Ring Theory Ph.D. Minnesota, Kenneth Louden (1985-) Ring Theory/CS Ph.D. McGill, Evelyn Obaid (1985-) Algebra/CS Ph.D. Penn State, Samih Obaid (1985-) Complex Analysis/Applied Math Ph.D. Penn State, Leon Pesotchinsky (1985-1997) Statistics Ph.D. Leningrad State, Tatiana Shubin (1986-) Algebra/Number Theory Ph.D. UC Santa Barbara, Igor Malyshev (1986-2007) PDE/Applied Math Ph.D. Kiev State U., Hedley Morris (1986-2007) Applied Math Ph.D. U. London, Rudy Rucker (1986-2001) Logic/CS/Science Fiction Ph.D. Rutgers, Frank Flanigan (1986-1997) Algebra/Number Theory Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Roger Alperin (1987-) Algebra Ph.D. Rice University, Natasa Bozovic (1987-) Group Theory/CS Ph.D. U. of Belgrade, Randall Charles (1987-1997) Math Education Ph.D. Indiana, Cay Horstmann (1987-) Algebraic Geometry/CS Ph.D. Michigan, David Motte (1987-1997) Applied Math Ph.D. UC Riverside, Bem Cayco (1988-) Partial Differential Equations/Computational Math, Ph.D. Carnegie-Mellon, Walter Kirchherr (1988-) Complexity Theory/CS Ph.D. U. Illinois at Chicago, John Avila (1989-) Parallel Algorithms/CS Ph.D. Maryland, Amy Rocha (1989-2005) Probability/Stochastic Processes Ph.D. Stanford, and Roger Dodd (1989-) Applied Math Ph.D Hull University, England.  In 1985 the department develops a new computer science degree, the BS in computer science.  Each faculty office in MacQuarrie Hall is equipped with a terminal networked to two AT & T 3B2/300 computers.  Dr. James Dolby unexpectedly dies in Fall 1985.  Professor Dolby was unquestionably one of the outstanding scholars at SJSU.  He had published about 100 papers and books in his career and had received a 2.2 million grant for his Language of Data Research project, at that time the largest research grant ever received by a faculty member at San Jose State.  Scholarship winners in 1985 are Hoggatt Prize, Seana Hogan, Dieckmann scholarship, Seana Hogan, Jackson Shyu, Fuller Scholarships, Bud Chiu Kwan, Christopher S. O’Connor, Math & CS scholarships, Carole Doan and Noriko Hayashi.  In the summer of 1986 the International Juggler’s Association holds its annual summer meeting at San Jose State University.  Stewart Kramer wins a $5000 ARCS scholarship in 1986.  Scholarship winners in 1986 are Hoggatt prize, Mark McKinzie, Fuller Scholarship, Barry Marshall, Fuller scholarship, Chris O’Connor, Dieckmann scholarship, Radhika Sugavanam, Math & CS scholarships, Jackson Shyu and Jenny Cheung.  Mark McKinzie and Allen Chang win prizes for the 1st and 2nd highest scores on the Putnam Exam, respectively.  Marilyn Ruch wins the Dean’s Award as an exemplary staff member and Dr. Jane Day receives the Dean’s Award for Distinguished teaching.  Scholarship winners in 1987 are Hoggatt prize, Nam Hoang Nguyen, Fuller scholarships, Nam Hoang Nguyen, Jeff Johnson, Dieckmann scholarships, Francesca Wong, Letitia Jensen, Math & CS scholarships, Bobbi Barry, Rohitkumar Desai, Frances Huang, Toan Huynh, Nhi Lam, and Radhika Sugavanam, and Putnam prizes, 1st place Stewart Kramer, 2nd place Tom Hicks, Mark McKinzie, and Karl Volk.  The Woodward Fund was established with a bequest of $600,000 to the Department of Mathematics in 1986 from Mrs. Marie Woodward, in memory of her son Henry Teynham Woodward.  Henry Woodward received an MS Math from SJSU in 1957.  He worked for many years as a research scientist at NASA Ames where he studied the atmosphere of Venus until his death in 1984.  The First Woodward conference on Problems Involving Wave Phenomena is held at SJSU in June 1988.  The Applied Math Clinic becomes an organized research unit and changes its name to the Center for Applied Math and Computer Science (CAMCOS).  The Woodward fund is now used to support CAMCOS and Applied Math programs in our department.  Dean Lester Lange retires after 18 years as the dean of the School of Science.  The new dean is Alan Ling.  He immediately slashes the equipment budget for the Math/CS department and quickly becomes very unpopular in our department.  The scholarship winners in 1988 are Hoggatt prize, Jenny Koo, Fuller scholarships, Nam Hoang Nguyen, Nguyen Dinh Le, and Grant Martin, Dieckmann scholarships, Karen Leann Godard, Jenny Koo, Francesca Wong Budiman, Math & CS scholarships, Gary Wilson, Hedieh Yaghmai, Rebecca Wahl, Todd Hansen, and Putnam prize winners are Kevin Whyte and Nam Hoang Nguyen.  Casey Sheehan from our department wins the first Fitting award.  This prize is named in honor of Frederick N. Fitting, a successful entrepreneur, friend of the School of Science, and late husband of Professor Marjorie Fitting.  The second Woodward Conference on Nonlinear Structures in Physical Systems is held in 1989.  By the end of 1989, more then 30 CAMCOS projects have been completed.  From 1989-91, Dan Goldston becomes the newsletter editor and the Buster Archimedes – Dan Goldston – Ken Bradshaw feud goes public.  The scholarship winners in 1989 are Hoggatt prize, Brian Tvedt, Fuller scholarships, Connie Tak-Yin Cheung, Sai Ming Fung, Prema Jayashankar, Nhi A. Lam, Dieckmann scholarships Phuong Nguyen, Hedieh Yagmai, Math and CS scholarships Laurence Dang, Julie Mitchell, and Putnam prize winners, Brian Tvedt 1st place, Daniel Jorgenson 2nd place, Daniel Lawson 3rd place.  At the end of this decade the number of students attending SJSU first reaches 30,000.    



From 1980-85 Dr. John Mitchem continues as the Math Dept. chair.  A Math Club is started in 1980, the first officers are Stephanie Patterson, President, Tim Smith, Vice President, Sylvia Ernes, Secretary, and Dan Chenet, Treasurer.  In the 1980’s the Math Department starts a period of explosive growth matching the growth of the computer industry in Silicon Valley.  In 1981 the name of the department is changed to the Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science.  The Math Club follows and soon morphs into the Math/CS Club.  Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s the Dept. of Math and Computer Science was the largest department on the SJSU campus.  New faculty joining the Math Dept. during this period include Leslie Foster (1981-) Numerical Analysis/Scientific Computation Ph.D. Brown, Michael Beeson (1981-) Logic/CS Ph.D. Stanford, David Hayes (1981-2006) Graph Theory/CS Ph.D. UC Davis, Ken Kellum (1981-) Real Analysis/Topology Ph.D. Alabama, Jeff Smith (1981-) Algebra/CS Ph.D. Chicago, Jane Day (1982-) Linear Algebra Ph.D. Florida, Vladimir Naroditsky (1982-1993) Functional Analysis/Applied Math Ph.D. Denver, John Pearce (1982-) Logic/CS Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Dan Goldston (1983-) Number Theory Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Brad Jackson (1983-) Graph Theory/Combinatorics Ph.D. Maryland, Richard Kubelka (1983-) Algebraic Topology Ph.D. Stanford, Richard Pfiefer (1983-) Geometry/Convexity Ph.D. UC Davis, Joanne Becker (1984-) Math Edcation Ph.D. Maryland, Sin-Min Lee (1984-) Graph Theory/CS Ph.D. Stevens Inst. of Technology, Hidefume Katsuura (1984-) Topology Ph.D. Delaware, Mack Stanley (1984-) Logic/Set Theory Ph.D. UC Berkeley, and Ho Kuen Ng (1984-) Algebra/Actuarial Science Ph.D. UC Berkeley.  The Fuller scholarship winners in 1980 are Ronald Bretschneider and Richard Daniels.  In 1980 Dr. Verner E. Hoggatt dies during the summer.  He was the co-founder of the Fibonacci Association and the editor of the associated journal the Fibonacci Quarterly.  He authored or co-authored over 150 research papers in number theory (mostly related to Fibonacci numbers) and supervised 37 students with their master’s thesis research.  The Fibonacci Association announces the funding of an annual Verner E. Hoggatt prize, which is to be awarded each year to the student in the Math department with the best research potential.  In 1981 the first Hoggatt prize is awarded to Michael Lai who finished in the top 25% nationally in the Putnam Exam during his first two years at San Jose State.  In 1981 Alan Emerson a Mathematics graduate student is awarded a $2000 ARCS scholarship.  Math graduate student Sharon Cabaniss received a $2500 ARCS scholarship in 1982 and later got a PhD in graph theory at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  By 1982 there are two well-established faculty seminars in the Math Dept., the algebra and number theory seminar as well as the graph theory and combinatorics seminar.  Other seminars (logic, topology, functional analysis, etc.) meet occasionally.  The number of full-time equivalent students taught by the department in 1982-83 is roughly 1450, about twice the number as in 1976-77.  The number of full-time equivalent faculty has increased from about 40 to 66 in the same time span.  In 1982 the Math Dept. opens up a microcomputer lab in MH 234, which contains 12 Northstar Advantage systems, 5 Apple II systems, 2 Compucolor systems and 1 Atari system.  Chair John Mitchem receives the MAA’s Polya award for noteworthy expository writing for his article “The History and Solution of the Four-Color Map Problem”.  In 1982 Richard Dieckmann dies.  He leaves two life insurance policies totaling $10,000 to the department to fund the Richard H.C. Dieckmann Scholarship.  Professor Dieckmann taught in the Math Dept. for 26 years ending with his retirement in 1972.  Professor James Dolby is awarded a 2.2 million dollar grant on the “Language of Data” from the System Development Foundation.  In 1983 he wins the Dean’s Award for Exemplary Research.  In 1982 Professor Marjorie Fitting receives one of the two Dean’s Awards for Exemplary teaching.  In 1982 Karel Zikan receives the Hoggatt Prize and along with Marilyn Ciraulo is awarded a Fuller scholarship.  Karel also receives recognition as the outstanding student researcher in the College of Science.  In 1990 he receives a PhD in Operations Research at Stanford and becomes a Fulbright fellow/Fulbright professor at SUNY, Stony Brook where he publishes nearly 40 scientific papers and is awarded about a dozen different patents in the applied math department.  In 1983 Katherine Sarin is awarded the first Dieckmann scholarship.  Math and CS department scholarships are also awarded for the first time during 1983 to Alan Lam, Paul Farias, Sam Tam, Han Kee Tan, and Michael Timpano-Perrotta.  In Spring 1983 the Applied Math and Computer Science Clinic is started by Jane Day.  She acts as the director for the next 6 years.  It is modeled after the Math Clinic at the Claremont Graduate School.  The first Clinic project is supervised by Les Foster, who helps a team of students develop computer models of the 2-dimensional heat flow in semiconductor structures.  In spring 1984 Professor Jackson with the help of a graduate student Keith Martinez from the Physics Dept. starts the Spartan Juggling club.  The Spartan Juggling Club is still supervised by Professors Jackson and Pfiefer to this day.  In 1984 Marilyn Ciraulo wins a $3000 ARCS scholarship.  Professor Jim Smart receives SJSU’s outstanding professor award for 1983-84.  By the end of 1984 six, semester-long projects, have been completed by the Applied Math and Computer Science Clinic.  In 1984 Deanna Diaz joins the office staff in the Math Dept. office.  Scholarship winners in 1984 are Hoggatt Prize Dung Le Hoang, Fuller Scholarships Dung Le Hoang, Erin Barker, Dieckmann scholarships Patricia Dowden, Nam Duc Nguyen, and Math/CS scholarship Katherine Sarin.   



In 1970 Dr. Lange steps down as the Math department chair and starts his 18-year tenure as dean of the College of Science.  Marilyn Ruch joins the Math Dept. office staff in 1970 and serves for more than 20 years.  From 1970-1974 Dr. Gerald C. Preston serves as the chair of the Math Dept.  During this time San Jose State’s name changes from San Jose State College to Cal State University, San Jose, to its modern name of San Jose State University.   Faculty members joining the Math Dept. during this decade include professors, John Mitchem (1970-2004) Graph Theory and Combinatorics Ph.D. Western Michigan, Howard Swann (1970-2003) Partial Differential Equations/Applied Math Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Michael Burke (1972-2004) Numerical Analysis/CS Ph.D. Oregon, Max Agoston (1976-2001) Topology/Computer Graphics Ph.D. Yale, William Giles (1973-2001) Lie Algebras/CS Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Henson Graves (1976-1991) Computer Science Ph.D. McMaster, Marilyn Blockus (1979-) Algebraic Topology Ph.D. John Hopkins, Brian Peterson (1979-) Algebra/Number Theory Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Veril Phillips (1979-) Algebra/CS Ph.D. Michigan State, David Posner (1978-1989) Logic/CS Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Barbara Pence (1974-) Math Education Ph.D. Stanford, and Edward Schmeichel Graph Theory/Algorithms Ph.D. Northwestern (1979-).  Dr. Bird was the recipient of a distinguished teaching award from SJS in 1970.  The 1972-74 catalog still shows a 1-unit course Math 3 Slide Rule on how to use a slide rule to perform various mathematical calculations.  As a sign of the times, the title of the Math 3 course is changed to Pocket Calculator in the 1974-76 catalog.  In the 1970’s Dr. Swann writes a highly popular cartoon-based calculus book entitled Professor E. McSquared’s Original, Fantastic and Highly Edifying Calculus Primer.  From 1974-1977 Dr. Franklyn B. Fuller serves as the chair of the Math Dept.  At this time a BA Math concentration in Statistics and BA Math concentration in Computer Mathematics are developed.  Franklyn Fuller dies in 1977.  The Franklin B. Fuller Scholarship fund was established in 1977 to honor his memory.  Professor Fuller had graduated from the Math Dept. in 1946.  He then got a Ph.D. degree at Stanford and worked at NASA Ames Research Center from the late 50's until 1970.  He maintained ties with the department throughout his career by teaching here part-time while working for NASA.  After retiring from NASA in 1970, Professor Fuller came to teach full-time at San Jose State.  After his death in 1977, many generous contributions were made to this scholarship fund by his former coworkers at NASA as well as his friends in the Math department.  The first Fuller scholarship winners were 1978, Katherine McClain, and 1979, Daniel F. Chenet.  From 1977-79 Dr. John Mitchem serves the first part of his tenure as Math Dept. chair.  Professor Mitchem becomes well known for his battles against the GLOPP (Great Lovers of Pushing Paper).  Unfortunately the forces of GLOPP seem to be getting stronger and the battle still rages on today.  In 1978 the first Expanding Your Horizons conference is held at San Jose State.  Its purpose is to encourage interest in math and science from middle school and high school girls.  In the 1974-76 catalog, a new programming in Fortran IV course appears, in the 1976-78 catalog a new programming in BASIC course appears, and in the 1978-80 catalog a new programming in Pascal course appears. The number of students attending San Jose State remains fairly stable and increases just slightly to 26,000 by the end of this decade.  From 1970-1978 John H. Bunzel serves as the president of San Jose State.  Gail J. Fullerton becomes San Jose State's first female president serving from 1978-1991.    



From 1960-1967 the Mathematics Department gets moved to the Division of Sciences and Occupations, which from 1963-1967 becomes the Division of Sciences and Applied Arts.  In 1967 the Mathematics Department joins the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, which becomes the School of Science in 1972, and the College of Science in 1986.  After Dr. Greer steps down in 1961, Dr. Lester H. Lange takes over as the Math Dept. Head.  The department and the university are both moving from an autocracy toward a system of shared governance.  Dr. Lange starts as the head of the math department appointed by president Wahlquist (without consulting the faculty of course) but eventually becomes a dept. chair elected by the math dept. faculty to a 4-year term.  This system of governance is still being used in the present-day math department.  Les Lange is the head/chair of the Math Dept. from 1961-1970.  At about this time the Math Dept. undergoes the transition from a department strictly focused on teacher training to one that offers a more varied curriculum matching the research interests of its faculty as well as the needs of its students.  Gradually the department starts offering more classes in computer science, statistics, and applied math.  From 1960-1980, the size of the Math Dept. faculty remains fairly stable at about 30-40 professors.  In the early 60’s Dr. Lange consults on the design of MacQuarrie Hall and makes sure that it has class rooms that can seat no more than 35 (no large lectures) and high quality slate blackboards (nothing is too good for the Math Dept.)  In 1966 the Math Dept. moves from Bldg O into a brand new MacQuarrie Hall.  The Math Dept. shares MacQuarrie Hall with ROTC and during the Vietnam War era there are frequent demonstrations outside the building, some resulting in the spattering of animal blood on the glass doors of MacQuarrie Hall.  Faculty members joining the Math Dept. during this decade include professors Lester Lange Ph.D. Notre Dame (1960-1988), Johanna Brunings (1961-1974) Ph.D. Leiden, Netherlands, Paul Byrd (1959-1989) Special Functions/Applied Math MS Chicago, Franklyn Fuller (1964-1977) Ph.D. Stanford, Alfred Halteman (1964-1983) Math Education/CS MA Oregon, Edgar Simons (1961-1994) Linear Programming MA Michigan, Martin Billik (1961-2007) Numerical Analysis/Applied Math Ph.D. MIT, James Dolby (1966-1985) Statistics/CS Ph.D. Stanford, Hugh Edgar (1963-2001) Number Theory Ph.D. Colorado, Amiel Feinstein (1966-1986) Ph.D. MIT, Robert Pruitt (1963-1987) Ph.D. Ohio State, William Sills (1966-1996) Functional Analysis Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Marjorie Fitting (1968-1993) Math/CS Education Ph.D. Michigan State, Frederick Stern (1968-2001) Probability/Statistics Ph.D. New York University, and Donald Weddington (1969-2008) Topology Ph.D. University of Miami.  The first Math Field Day for high school students is held in 1963.  Professor Thoro organizes the Discovery Quest problem-solving competition during the Math Field Day and continues to do so almost every year for the next 40+ years.  By the end of this decade the number of students attending San Jose State increases to about 24,000.  Robert D. Clark serves as the president of San Jose State from 1964-1969.  Hobert W. Burns serves as an interim president at San Jose State from 1969-1970.    



Starting in 1951 the departments at San Jose State are formed into divisions, with the mathematics department being placed in the division of engineering and mathematics from 1951-1959.  In 1957, the Math Department starts offering an MS degree in Applied Math.  In that same year the A.B. Math degree becomes the B.A. Math degree.  Dr. Myers continues as the Head of the Math Dept. until 1957.  In 1958 the dean acts as the Math Dept. head for one year until an outside search for a new head is completed.  From 1959-1961 Professor Edison Greer is the Head of the Math Dept.  During this decade the Math Dept. faculty grows rapidly in size from about 10 to roughly 30 professors.  During the first part of this decade the Math Dept. resides in the School of Sciences and Occupations.  Faculty members joining the Math Dept during this decade include professors Rodney Anderson (1958-80) Ed.D. Indiana, Leonard Bristow (1957-1969) Ph.D. Illinois, Kenneth Fowler (1957-80) Ph.D. Michigan, Verner Hoggatt (1953-1980) Number Theory Ph.D. Oregon State, Max Kramer (1957-1977) Ph.D. Columbia, Charles "Mac" Larsen (1954-1989) Ph.D. Stanford, John Marks (1952-1979) Mathematics Education Ed.D. Stanford, Richard Post (1957-1984) Statistics Ph.D. Columbia, Gerald Preston (1955-88) Ph.D. Minnesota, James Smart (1957-1993) Geometry/Math Education Ph.D. George Peabody College (Vanderbilt), Dmitri Thoro (1958-1994) Number Theory Ph.D. University of Florida, Robert Wrede (1955-1994) Applied Math Ph.D. Indiana, C. Kenneth Bradshaw (1958-1995) Math Education Ed.D. UC Berkeley, Britt Schweitzer (1959-1987) MS Northwestern, Edison Greer (1959-1977) Ph.D. Kansas, and Leonard Feldman (1958-1993) Math Education Ed.D. UC Berkeley. In 1955-56 the Math Dept. offers possibly the first computer programming course in the CSU system when it offers a machine language course taught by an engineer from IBM.  During this decade the number of students attending San Jose State has more than doubled to about 14,000 students.  John T. Wahlquist serves as the president of SJSU from 1952-1964.     



From 1943-57 Dr. Howard “Doc” Myers (1940-1975) Ph.D. Stanford serves as the Head of the Math Dept., after Professor Minssen steps down in 1943.   During this time the Math Dept. has about 5-10 faculty members.  Faculty members joining the Math Dept. during this decade include professors (with their approximate tenures at San Jose State) Richard H. C. Dieckmann (1946-1972) Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Marion Taylor Bird (1947-1971) Analysis/Statistics Ph.D. Illinois, Herman Jamison (1946-1974) Ph.D. Pittsburgh, Anthony Lovaglia (1945-1949,1951-1986) Ph.D. UC Berkeley, Carl Olds (1945-1976) Ph.D. Stanford, Lincoln Daniels (1946-1957), and Patricia O’Donnell (1948-78) MA Stanford.  In about 1947 the department starts offering graduate work leading to a secondary teaching credential and an MS in mathematics.  Franklyn B. Fuller was awarded a Masters degree in Math from SJSU in 1947, so he is certainly one of the first to earn a master’s degree in mathematics from SJSU.  He eventually returned to become a professor and the department chair in the SJSU Mathematics Department after many years working at NASA Ames. Most of the masters’ theses in Mathematics are stored in the Math Department “Les Lange” common room.  Unfortunately Professor Fuller’s thesis is not one of the theses that we have, however we do have one Masters’ thesis from 1950 which was written by Lois Bohnett Zobrist.  At least two more masters theses were written in 1951 by Claire Eugene Christensen and William T. Evans.  These three theses are numbered 12, 14, and 15 but we don’t know for sure if they really are the 12th, 14th, and 15th masters’ theses written in the Math Dept.  By the end of the decade there are about 6,000 students attending San Jose State. 


The early years    

Minn’s Evening Normal School opened in San Francisco in 1857.  In 1871 it moved to San Jose and became the San Jose State Normal School.  In 1921 the school was renamed the San Jose State Teacher’s College.  Herman F. Minssen (1916-1944) AM Stanford was hired as a mathematics professor at San Jose State in 1916.  When a Mathematics Department was formed Minssen became the acting head in 1924 and remained as the head of the Math Department until 1943.  Minssen was also the acting president of San Jose State for two years from 1925-1927 and he also served as Vice President for several years after that.  Thomas W. MacQuarrie serves as the president of SJSU from 1927-1952.    In the 1920’s many bachelor’s degrees were implemented at San Jose State including an A.B. Mathematics.  Other notable mathematics professors around this time were Eleanor V. Gratz (1915-1944) MA Stanford who in addition to teaching mathematics also served as an assistant to the dean of women for many years, and Heath French Harrison (1926-1948), MA University of Washington.  From 1937-1946, the Mathematics Department included Aeronautics and Engineering, until a separate Engineering Department was formed in 1947.  Other Professors serving in the Mathematics Department at this time include Professor Elmo Arnold Robinson (1928-1935), Professor Maxwell Alfred Heaslet (1935-1945) PhD Stanford and Professor Frank Petersen (1934-1944) MA University of Southern California.


Appendix:  Written by C. Kenneth Bradshaw, Professor Emeritus, Mathematics Department, San Jose State University (1958-2001) the only faculty member in the math department to serve for parts of six decades.




by C. Kenneth Bradshaw, Professor Emeritus, Mathematics Department, San Jose State University (1958-2001 the only faculty member in the math department to serve for parts of six decades)


Much of the information given here was taken from the various Bulletins and Catalogs of the University.


1.         Minns Evening Normal School, a department of the San Francisco School system, opened in San Francisco in 1857 in conjunction with the State Department of Education.

2.         1862    The California State Normal School was established by the State legislature and took over from Minns.

3.         1871    The school was moved to San Jose and established in its present location.   A permanent building wasn’t finished until 1876 and then it burned down in 1880.  A second building was constructed and it was damaged in the 1906 earthquake and was torn down.  The tower is all that remains of the third construction,  with most of that structure torn down in the 1960’s.

4.         1877    The name was changed to San Jose State Normal School.

5.         1902    High School graduation became a requirement for admission.

6.         1921    The state legislature changed all Normal Schools to Teacher Colleges with control in the State Director of Education.  Name changed to San Jose Teachers College.

7.         1922    The Teachers College at San Jose was authorized to grant the Bachelor of Arts Degree.

8.         1928      The City of San Jose voted to organize a Junior College district with arrangements made with the College to direct and house the Junior College with  the State College administration and plant.     

9.         1935      The State Legislature changed the name of the College to San Jose State College.

10.       1946    The legislature authorized the College to give graduate work leading to the General Secondary Credential.  As an aside --  the population of the City of San Jose in 1946 was 92000.

11.       1949      The graduate program was extended to include the granting of

The Master of Arts Degree.

12.       1961    First year under the new governing board set up by the legislature,  The Trustees of the California State Colleges.

13.       1971      The Governor signed the law creating The California State University and Colleges.    The Board of Trustees appointed by the Governor and the Chancellor and Presidents appointed by the Trustees.

14.       1972   Name changed to California State University, San Jose.

15.       1974    Name changed to San Jose State University.


There are several well written histories of the University fleshing out the above information and continuing well beyond the year 1974.   The material that follows will concentrate on the relationship to mathematics courses offered and to the faculty involved.  This will start with the offerings in 1862 and end in about 1997.


The history of the Math Department Curriculum


1862                California State Normal School  Courses offered:    Progressive Intellectual Arithmetic, Progressive Practical Arithmetic both of these Texts by Horatio N. Robinson.

1870-71           Catalog of the California State Normal School (San Jose) Courses offered:               Higher Arithmetic (Robinson), Elementary Algebra (Robinson), Geometry, Trigonometry & Mensuration (Davies) Faculty:    There were now 6 members but no one designated as math.

1871-72           Catalogue and Circular of the Calif. State Normal School  Courses:             Arithmetic (Mental and Written), Algebra,   Geometry,   Trigonometry,  and Mensuration  Faculty:   Again no particular teacher designated as a math teacher.

1872-73           Catalogue of the California State Normal School.  Courses:            Arithmetic,  Algebra,  and Geometry.  Faculty:  Lucy M. Washburn  (1873-1888) and Mary J. Titus  (1873- 1888)       

1873- 1875    No changes.

1875-76           Catalogue and Circular of the Calif. State Normal School  Courses:            Arithmetic (Mental and Written), Elementary Algebra, Higher Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry.  Faculty:  As above.

1876 - 1881                 No apparent changes.


1881-82           Catalogue and Circular of the San Jose State Normal School  Courses:   Bookkeeping added to above list.  Faculty:   Mrs. Phoebe P. Hamilton  (1882 - 1886)

1882 - 1883                 No apparent changes.

1883-84           Catalogue and Circular of the San Jose State Normal School Courses:            Probably no changes.  Faculty:          A. H. Randall  (1884 - 1893)  Physics and Math.

1884 - 1887                 No indication of Trigonometry offering and Hamilton not

                                    Listed as faculty.

1887-88           Catalogue and Circular of the San Jose State Normal School  Courses:            Now three terms of high school work followed by a “post-graduate” year.    Junior year (arithmetic) , Middle year (bookkeeping, algebra), Senior year (geometry), Post-graduate year (algebra, geometry and trigonometry)  Faculty:        R.S. Holway (1887 - 1893), Laura Bethel (1887 - 1889)

1888 -1890                  Washburn and Titus teaching but not in Math.  Bethel not in Math in 1890.


1890-91           Catalogue and Circular of the San Jose State Normal School  Courses:      No particularly significant course changes.  Faculty:     Volney Rattan (1890 - 1892), Gloria F. Bennett (1890 - 1892), George R. Kleeberger (1890- 1893)

1891-92           Added Lora Scudamore (1891 - 1895) to the faculty.

1892-93           Catalogue and Circular to the San Jose State Normal School  This title remained until 1923 spelling changed to Catalog.  Courses:            Couldn’t find course changes here.  Faculty:           Bennet and Rattan no longer in Math. But added James E. Addicott (1892 - 1900) and A.H. Washburn (1892-94)

1893-94           Courses:  Added mechanical drawing (Addicott) Faculty:  Kleeberger, Randall, and Holway not in Math.

1894-95           Courses:  No apparent changes.  Faculty:   Washburn not in Math, but added Morris E. Dailey (1894 - 1896) who later became President 1900 - 1919.

1895-96           Courses:  Started a 4 year course of study to include Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry,  and Arithmetic and methods.  Normal School Diploma after 3 yrs until Jan. 1897 then 4 yrs.  Faculty:   Scudamore not in Math.  Added L.B. Wilson (1895-1896), H.H. Howe (1895 - 1899), Harriet Cory (1895-1900), Eliz. MacKinnon (1895-96)

1896-97           Courses:  No changes.  Faculty:  Dailey, Wilson, and MacKinnon not in Math.

1897-98           Courses:  No apparent changes.  Faculty:   Dr. Mary Arnold (1897 - 1898), Kate Cozzens (1897-1899)  A.H. Randall now named President instead of Principal. 

1898-1899       Catalog missing.

1899-1900       Courses:  No apparent changes.  Faculty:  Howe, Arnold and Cozzens not in Math.   Added Anne M. Nicholson (1899-1901), Carolyn H. Bradley (1899-1901)


In the school year of 1900 there were 31 faculty and staff and 1,039 pupils.

Morris Dailey, Vice-President, was to become President for the school year starting 1901 and remain President through 1916.

1900-01           Courses:  could only find Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry.  Faculty:  Added William H. Baker A.M.(1900-1922)

1901-02           Courses.  No changes.              Faculty:  Bradley and Nicholson not in Math.

1902-03           Missing.

1903-04           Courses:          Arithmetic and Methods, Advanced Algebra Solid Geometry, Trigonometry (I assume elementary algebra and Geometry  were also taught).  Faculty: Helen Sprague (1903-1904)

1904 - 1916  Courses:  No changes indicated.  Faculty:  The only math teacher listed is W. H. Baker.

1916-17           Courses:   Some requirements changed for graduation from the regular teachers course.  Faculty:   Eleanor Gratz (1916 - 1944), Herman F. Minssen (1916- 1943)

1917-1921       Catalog changed to San Jose Teachers College in 1921.


1921-22           Courses:  New listing shows  Junior H.S. Arithmetic, Advanced Arithmetic, Solid Geometry, College Algebra, Plane Trig., Plane Analytic Geometry, Differential and Integral Calculus.  Faculty:  Baker, Gratz and Minssen.

1922-23           Courses:  New course,  Math Analysis  (pre-calc and intro to Differential and Integral Calculus.

                        Faculty: Baker is no longer listed.

1923-24           Courses:  Kindergarten-Primary Arithmetic, Elementary and Junior High Arith., Math Analysis, Analytic Geom. and Calculus.  Faculty:  No changes.

1924-25           Courses:  Added Theory of Investment.  Faculty:  Harry D. Romig (1924 - 1927)

1925-26           Courses:  New ones  Differential Equations, Solid Anal. Geom. Methods in Arithmetic and J.H.S. Math. Faculty:  No changes.

1926-27           Courses:  Changes to Math 3A-B  Plane and Solid Anal. Geom. Math 4A-B Diff. and Int. Calculus and Infinite Series, History of Mathematics.  Faculty:  No changes.

1927-28           Courses:  No changes.              Faculty:  Harrison F. Heath (1927-1948)

T.W. MacQuarrie is now the President of the College.

1928-29           The new Junior College housed on the campus  has a Bulletin.  Courses:   New;  A Survey Course in Math., Projective Geom. Advanced Calculus, Descriptive Geometry. Faculty:  Elmo Arnold Robinson (1928-1934)

1929-30           Courses:  Slide Rule and Surveying added.  Arith. dropped.  Faculty:  No changes.


1930-31           Courses:  New; Analytic Mechanics Faculty:  Barry F Bering (1929 - 1934) , Brauer (1930- 1932)   The catalog now lists 23 Mathematics courses.

1931-32           Courses:  No changes.   Faculty:  Judson Aspinwall (1931- 1932)

1932-33           Courses:  Added  Math . Theory of Statistics, Adv. Calc II, Functions of a Complex Variable, Vector Analysis, Infinite Series.  Faculty:  Sylvia L. Parker (1932- 1934)

1933-34       Courses:  Added Topographic and Mine Surveying. Changed Statistics to 2 sem. course Faculty:  No changes.

1934-35           Courses:  Changed Proj. Geom. To 2 sem. course,. Added The Teaching of Mathematics.  Faculty:  Parker is now not listed.

1935-36           Courses:  Added Theory of Numbers, Aeronautics.              Faculty:  Harold Maile Bacon (1935-36), Maxwell Alfred Heaslett (1935-1945), Frank F. Peterson (1935-1944)

The College is now known as San Jose State College.

1936-37           Courses:  Added Non-Euclidean Geom. , Advanced Algebra  Faculty:  Bacon departed for Stanford.

1937-38           Courses:  Engineering is now combined with the Math Dept.  Eleven Engr. Courses and Aeronautics included.  Faculty:  Gerald Vaughn (1937-38), Paul Narbutovskih (1937-1941)

1938-1940       No essential changes.


1940-41           Courses:  No changes.  Faculty:  George McCullough (1939-41)- mostly Aero.

1941-42           Courses:  Elem. Geom. From an Advanced Viewpoint,  Logic Of Algebra.   Engr. and Aero still in the Dept. Math A Fundamentals of Arithmetic (non-credit)  Faculty:  William Howard Myers (1940-1975), Herbert B. Dennis (1941-1943), Arthur Joseph Monti (1941-42), Ralph J. Smith (1941- ?)  Note;  Dennis , Monti, & Peterson Taught Aero. Courses only and Smith taught Engr..

1942-43           Courses:  Added Spherical Trigonometry  Faculty:  Florence M. Flanagan (1942-1948), Harold Templin (1942-43)

1943-44           Courses:  Math for Women added.  Faculty:  Mary V. Sunseri (1942-43),  Minnsen not on list. 

                        Eleanor Gratz retired.

1944-45           Courses:  Math A not on list.  Faculty:  Heaslet has retired.

1945-46           Courses: Math A is back,  Advanced Calc. II is dropped. Added Complex Variables.  Vector Analysis.  Faculty:  Flo Flanagan is now Flo Lovaglia,  Carl Douglas Olds    (1945-1976).  Myers is now Dept. Head

1946-47           Courses:  Engr. Is now listed separately & includes Aero. New: (20A) Freshman Math (College Alg. & Trig.) , (31)Review Through Analyt. Geom., (32) Review of Calculus,(150) Theory of Probability.  Math 101 & 102 Sec. Geom and Sec. Alg. Were Renumbered to Math 201 and 202 in 1947-48.  Mathematics of Investment (later changed to Finance) Faculty:  Charles Richard Purdy (1946-1958), Herman Free Jamison (1946-1974), Marjorie Hopper (1946-47).

1947-48           Courses:  Math 114 Engr. Calculations, (105) Phil. Of Science Educ. 265  Secondary School Math. Methods, Ed.393 The Teaching of Elementary School Mathematics.  Faculty:  Murray Clark (1947-48), Lincoln F. Daniels (1947-1957),  Richard Henry Chabot Dieckmann (1947-1972), Marion T. Bird (1947-1971), Kathryn M. Hall (1946-59), Evelyn Strickler (1946-49),Marilyn Fleming (1946-48), Marion Hall (1946-54), Alice Mitchell (1946-55), George P. Palmer (1946-48)

1948-49           Courses:  Math for Nurses, College Geometry,  Higher Algebra I  and II,  Adv. Calc III

Faculty:  James l. Botsford (1947- 1950), Vern James (1947-59)

1949-50           Courses:  Arithmetic for Teachers, Field work in Elem Math.  Solid Analytic Geom., Statistical Analysis Faculty:  Leroy A. Guest (1948-51), Heath is in Psych.Dept. Abram V. Martin (1949-52), Patricia  O’Donnell (1948-78) Earl F. Ryan (1949-53)


1950-51           Graduate courses are now listed for the first time.  Courses:  Math for Elem Teachers, Ed 371 A&B Curr. And Instr. In Elem School Math. Math 201A,B,C Teach .of Math.  211A,B,&C Higher Geometry, 221A,B,&C Higher Algebra 231A,B,&C Higher Analysis,  299 Thesis  Adv. Calc III is now changed to Adv Diff Equations.  Faculty: No changes.

1951-52           Courses: Fund. Of Arith., Math in Gen Ed.  Faculty:  Anthony R. Lovaglia (1951-1986)

1952-53           Courses:  Slide Rule is changed to Numerical Computation & Slide Rule. 

                        Faculty:  John L. Marks (1952-1979)

1953-54           Courses:  Math 298 Special Study    

                        Faculty :Verner E. Hoggatt (1953-1985),  John R. Byrne (1953-1958)

1954-55           Courses:  No changes  Faculty:  No changes.

1955-56           Courses:  129A&b Advanced Algebra now changed to 128 Theory of Equations 150 Theory of Prob.  Changed to 129 Statistics And Probability, 132 Into to Diff Equations,  133 Engr. Math.,  137 Changed to 141 Partial Diff. Eqns.,160 Adv Math of Finance dropped but changed to121 Math of Finance in 56-57.  Numerical Analysis,  Advanced Analysis,  241 Advanced Numerical Analysis, Machine Computation,   Math 50 Elementary Statistics  Faculty:  Donald Duncan (1954-1967, Charles M. Larsen (1954-89) , Leonard Holder (1955-1965), Gerald C. Preston (1955-1988), Robert Wrede (1955-1994)

1956-57           Courses:  225 Theory & Appl. Of Statistics., 235A&B Tensor Analysis, 252 Programming Faculty:  Irving Broido (1956-57), Donald Conway (1956-58) Vincent F. Costanza (1956-58, 68))

1957-58           Courses:  261 Theory of Vibrations  Faculty:   Leonard Bristow (1957-1969), Kenneth A. Fowler (1957-80), Max Kramer (1957-76),  Richard Post (1957-84), James R. Smart (1947-94) Dana R. Southborough (1957-1967), Eugene Zaustinsky (1957-58), Charles Hoppel (1957-59), Mary J. Bramel (1957-59), Joseph Seewerker (1957-59), Elaine R. Laflin (1957-65)

1958-59           Courses;  Math for Nurses dropped , now Applied Arithmetic,  Faculty:  Leonard Feldman (1957-92), Terrance Kelly (1958-59), Rodney E. Anderson (1958-80), C. Kenneth Bradshaw (1958-2001), Dmitri Thoro (1958-1994), Ralph N. Townsend (1958-61), Ivan Dale Ruggles (1958- 69), Ruth A. Rich (1958-61)

1959-60           Courses:  Math 4 is back to Math for Nurses, 133 Engr. Math is now Diff.             Equations, 141 Partial Diff EQ is now Boundary Value Problems Faculty:  Paul Byrd (1959-89), Donald Campbell (1959-64), Verena Dyson          (1959-62), Edison Greer (1959-77), Charles King (1959-64), Britt J. Schweitzer (1959-88), Marcus Skarstedt (1959-62)


1960-61           Courses:  Math for Nurses dropped again,  Math 5 Algebra was Math 16, Basic Mathematics from Math 6 to 12, Math 29 Intro to College Math replaces    Math 18 Alg. And Trig., 113 Differential Geom., 129 Intro to Modern Alg. Stat. and Prob . Changed from 129 to 163.  135 Adv Calc II,  144 Programming 150 Theory of Numbers, 171 Foundations of Math., 213 Adv. Diff. Geom. Math 231 & 232 now called Real Variable I & II, Course dropped are Prog., Machine Comp., Theory of Vibrations; added were Applied Math I & II, Advanced Complex Var., Math Symbolic Logic, Point-Set Topology  Faculty:  Edison Greer is listed as Dept. Head.  Lester H. Lange (1960--1988)

1961-62           Courses:  Math 31,32  now Calculus I & II, Math 151, 152 is now Theory of Numbers I & II Faculty:  Richard Barlow (1961-64), Martin Billik (1961- ?), Johanna Brunings (1961-74), Margaret Finn (1961-65), Albert Forman (1961-63), Eldon Hanson (1961-68), John Laurman (1961-63), Bernard Rudin (1961-63), Edgar Simons (1961-94),

1962-63           Lester Lange is now the Department Head Courses:  Math 70 & 71  Finite Math I & II Faculty: Richard Brian (1962-74), Charles Chicks (1962-64), Richard Clay (1962-64), Benjamin Sims (1962-68), Raymond Storer (1962-64)

1963-64           Courses:  Math I is now Rem. M., Math 128 & 129 are now called Algebraic Structures and Linear Algebra, Math 163 &164 are now Intro to Math Stat. I,II Math 265 is now Theory and Applications of Probability  Faculty:  Barbara Antolovich (1963-69), Kenneth Davis (1963-65), Hugh M. Edgar (1963-   ), Robert Pruitt (1963-87), Barbara Searle (1963-69), Bruce Trumbo (1963-67)

1964-65           Courses:  108 Problem Solving in Math., 152 Theory of Numbers II is dropped.  Math 251 Theory of Numbers II is added., Rem. M. is dropped Faculty:  Robert DeVore (1964-68), Franklyn Fuller (1964-78?), Alfred E.   Halteman (1964-83), Gordon McLeod (1964-68), George Roussas (1964-69), John Troutman (1964-69), Hoyt Warner (1964-67), Albert Wasel (1964-68), Melbourne Wheeler (1964-70),   ?  Drew (1964-72)

1965-66           Courses:  12 Basic Math. Is now Number Systems, Faculty: Monica Aumaan Caradonna (1965-72), Gene Gale (1965-74), William Sills (1965-    ), Richard Mansfield (1965-67) Phillip Childress (1965-72)

1966-67           Courses:  Math 29 is now Analytic Geometry, Faculty:  James L. Dolby (1966-86), Amiel Feinstein (1966-86) Bruce Helter (1966-68), Constantine Kariotis (1966-73), Lawrence Perko (1966-72), Robert Vogt (1966-72).

1967-68           Courses:  No changes.  Faculty:  McEnteggart (1966-68), Hoelter (1967-68), Gary Haggard (1967-72) Albert Pollatchek (1967-72), Thomas Fall (1967-70), William Orr (1967-70), Elaine Zaslawsky (1967-70)

1968-69           Courses:  No changes.  Faculty:  Chris Avery (1968-72), Shu-Shi Butt (1968-72), Carol Evatt (1968-72) Robert Frohman (1968-70), Deborah Gale (1968-72),William Michael (1968-80) Ralph Parsons (1968-72), Marjorie Pickering Fitting (1968-93), Frederick Prydz (1968-70), Seymour Singer (1968-72), Frederick Stern (1968-97 ), H.E.Rauch (1968-70)

1969-70           Courses:  107A Number Systems II, 107B The Structure of Elem. Math Faculty:  Donald D. Weddington (1969-    )


1970-72           Courses:  New ; 163 Intro to Probability and Stat., 164 Math Stat., 165 Prob. Theory. 166 Applied Statistics., drop Ed 393 & 395.  Faculty:  John Mitchem (1970-     ), Howard Swann (1970-   ), 

1972-74           Courses::  35 Intro. To Modern Algebra, 131A Intro to Analysis, 131B Intro To Real Variables, 135 Calculus of Several Variables, 175 Intro to Topology 179 Intro to Graph Theory. Faculty:  Michael Burke (1972-    ), William Giles (1973-98 )       Gerald Preston is now listed as Department Chairman

Since Graduate courses are now listed in separate Bulletins, which I don’t have, I can no longer list changes in such.

1974-76           Courses:  Math 20 &21 Analytic Geom and Calculus I & II  these not to replace 30 & 31,  Math 112 Vector Analysis and Euclidean Geom. Math 115 is now Modern Geom. And Transformations, 116 is Special Topics in Mod. Geom., 129 A&B  Linear Algebra I & II,  Vector Analysis is dropped, Math 144 is now Math 144A-J Programming Techniques and Analysis Faculty:  No changes shown.  Frank Fuller is now listed as Department Chairman. 

1976-78           Courses:  Math 3 is changed from Slide Rule to Pocket Calculator, Math 44 Introductory Programming in Basic, 107B The Structure of Elem .Geom is now   Dropped,  Math 173 Intro to Combinatorics, Math 177 Linear Programming, Math Ed 166 Pre-Professional Experience.  Faculty:  Max Agoston (1976-   ), W. Henson Graves (1976-92)

1978-80           Courses:  Math 39 Modern Math Techniques, Math 40 Calculus for the Biological Sciences,  Math 107A is dropped., Math 135 Calculus of Several Variables is dropped., 177 is now Linear and Non-Linear Programming.  Math 127 Applied Algebra.  Faculty:  David Posner (1978-90), Brian Peterson (1979-   ), Veril L. Phillips (1979-   ),  Marilyn J. Roth Blockus (1979-    ), Edward Schmeichael (1979-    ) John Mitchem is now listed as Department  Chairman.


1980-82           Courses:  Math 4 Math for the Non-Scientist, Math 35 Intro to Mod Alg dropped Math 144A Fortran Programming,  Math 144B-G,I  replaces 144A-I,  Math 145 Non-Numeric Programming Techniques, 146 Intro to Data Structures etc., Faculty:  Michael J. Beeson (1981-   ), Leslile Foster (1981-   ), David Hayes (1981-   ), Kenneth Kellum (1981-   ), Huseyn Kocak (1980-86), Samyendra Sengupta (1981-86), Jeffrey Smith (1981-   )

1982-84           Courses:  Math 3 Pocket Calc. is dropped,  Math 10 Math for General Educ. Math 45 Intro to Computers and Prog., Math 116 is changed to Geom. For Computer Graphics,  Math 142 Intro to Combinatorics, Math 143 is now 143 C & M  Numerical Analysis, Math 144A,F,L,M,P. Programming Languages, Courses cont.  Math 145 Advanced Programming, Math 147 Machine Structures Math 149 Intro to Systems Prog., Math 153 Concepts of Computer Design, Dropped Math 165 Prob. Theory and added 162 Prob. & Computation, dropped 173 Intro to Combinatorics.  Faculty:  Mary Anderson (1982-88), Jane M. Day (1982-    ), Denis Floyd (1982-86), Jon Pearce (1982-   ), Vladmir Naroditsky (1982-   ), Daniel A.        Goldston (1983-   ), Richard Kubelka (1983-   ), Richard Pfeiffer (1983-   ), Craig Smorynski (1983-88), Bradley Jackson (1982-   ), Wulf Rehder (1983-90)

1984-86           Courses: Math 8 is now College Alg & Trig., Math 71 is now Calculus for Business and Aeronautics.,  Math 108 Prob Solving is dropped., Math 112 A Is now Vector Calculus & 112B is Advanced Calculus dropping Math 134,           New courses 140 Assembly Language and Computer Organization, Math 144P PASCAL, 149 Intro to Operating Systems, 155 Intro to the Design and Analysis Of Algorithms, 156 Intro to Artificial Intelligence, 157 Intro to Data Base Management Systems, 171 is now Foundations of Math & Comp Science  Faculty:  Sin-Min Lee (1984-   ),  Joanne Rossi Becker (1984-   ),  Eloise A. Hamann (1985-   ),  Hidefumi Katsuura (1984-   ), Kenneth Louden (1985-   ), Ho Kuen Ng (1984-   ), Evelyn E. O’Baid and Samah O’Baid (1985-   ),Leon L. Pesotchinsky (1985- 98),  Maurice C. Stanley (1984-   ),  Barbara J. Pence Part time since 1974? and full time from 1984 (I think).

1986-88           Courses:  Math 3A & B  Intensive Learning Math I and II,  Math 5 Entry Level Math.,   Math 43  FORTRAN Programming, Theory of Numbers changed from 151 to 126,  Math 133A Ordinary Diff EQ, 133B is Partial Diff EQ, and 133C Diff EQ.,  Math 140 Assembly Language and Comp Org.,  Math 144C Prog. In C Math 144L Prog. In LISP, Math 145 changed to 145A&B Structure and Interpretation of Computer Prog., with 146A the old 146 and 146B the old 145.  Math 152 Prog. Languages, Design etc.,          Faculty:  Vladimir Akis (1986-90), Roger Alperin (1987-   ), Natasa Bozovic (1987-   ), Randall Charles (1987-   ), Tatiana Deretsky Shubin (1986-    ), Francis Flanigan (1986-   ), Cay Horstmann (1987-    ),  Yue-Kuen Kwok (1987-95),  Igor Malyshev (1986-   ),  Hedley Morris (1986-    ) David Motte (1987- 98), Rudolf Rucker (1986-   ) Veril Phillips is now listed as Chair

1988-90           Courses: Math 4 is dropped, Math 107A &B back as Structure of Elem Algebra And Geometry, Math 108 Prob. Solving in Math., Math 116B Computer Graphic Algorithms  Faculty:  John Avila (1989-   ), Sharon Cabaniss (1988-92),  Marie (Bem) Cayco (1988-   ), Roger Dodd (1989-   ), Walter Kirchherr (1988-   ), Amy L. Rocha (1989-   )


1990-92           Courses:  Math 2A,2B, 3A, 3B, 5 & 7 are Non-BA courses.  Math 42 Discrete Math.,  46A & B Computer Science I & II replaces 46.  Math 128 changed to 128A &B Abstract Algebra I & II,   Math 144 L Prog. In LISP is dropped.,  Faculty: Mario Albarran (1990-   ), Agustin Araya (1991-   ),  Mohammad Saleem (1990-   ), Vladimir Drobot (1990-   ),  Tsau Y. Lin (1990-   ), Linda Valdes(1990-   )

1992-94           Courses:  Change Math 45 to Intro to Prog. in Logo, add Math 101 Prob. Solving For Teachers., Change Math 116A & B to CS 116 A&B,  drop 133C Diff EQ, Change Math 140 to CS 140,  All Math courses from 144 through 157 now in Computer Science. Too many changes in CS to list here..  Faculty:  Sami Khuri (1992-   ),  Wen-Hsien “Melody” Moh (1993-   ), Billie Risacher (1992- 97), Richard Kitchen (1992-   )

1995-97           Courses (Math only)  Drop Math 39 Modern Math Techniques and Math 40 Calculus for the Biol. Sciences.  Math 44 and 45 now also CS 44 and 45, Math and CS Graduate Course are now listed in this Catalog.  Faculty:  No new faculty listed but this does not cover faculty hired in 1994 and/or 1995.   Eloise Hamann is now listed as the Department Chair. 


I realize that this is old news, and so am I at age 82.     But I had these notes and a little time on my hands so typed them up for whoever might have some interest.  I have copies of the Catalogs (pertinent parts) covering the period 1946 through 1997.  (Not the Graduate Catalogs).  The years 1857 through 1945 were covered in many trips to the Archives of the San Jose State Library (not the new one).  

I will make two copies of this stuff, one for me, and one for the Dept. provided someone there will accept it.  Typing may not be up to par and Catalogs always lag showing new courses and faculty.  Sometime in the few years since I stopped teaching in 2001 the Department has split with Math and CS going their separate ways Al Halteman and Jim Dolby can probably be credited with early seeding of this.