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James B. Collins

James B. Collins, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Office: Classroom Center 421 D
Email: jcollins@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-5260
Home Page: www.wtamu.edu/~jcollins/

Professional Profile

Dr. Collins joined the Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics department in 2014. He received his B.S. in Mathematics and Computer Science from James Madison University in 2005, an M.S. in Applied Mathematics in 2007, and a Ph.D in Mathematics in 2010, both from North Carolina State University.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Collins teaches Calculus I and II, as well as Numerical Analysis. In the past he has taught developmental courses such as PreCalculus and Discrete Math, as well as Introduction to Modeling and Linear Algebra.

Dr. Collins is a member of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, a national organization for applied math. He is also a Project NExT fellow, a program which fosters collaboration among new mathematics faculty and develops teaching skills for new professors.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Collins’ research interests are in the field of a posteriori error analysis. This is a technique that determines the error of a numerical approximation to a differential equation. Determining this error is useful in knowing the accuracy of a solution, as well as developing methods for improving the approximation.

In addition, Dr. Collins is interested in numerical algebraic geometry, a field that uses numerical methods to solve systems of multivariate polynomials. He is working with collaborators at Colorado State University and Notre Dame

Personal Sketch

Dr. Collins lives in Amarillo with his wife Deborah. He enjoys reading, hiking and crocheting, and is currently renewing his hobby of game programming. He and his wife enjoy traveling and going on adventures.