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Carolyn K. Cuff

Professor/FDO

Mathematics Faculty


ccuff@westminster.edu

(724) 946-7291

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Campus Location:
   Hoyt Science Resources Center
   155
Mailbox: 219

About Me


I received my graduate degrees in Operations Research (in the area of applied mathematics) from Case Western Reserve University.  In 1989, I started teaching at Westminster.  My teaching areas include Statistics, Data Science, Discrete Mathematics, and Operations Research.  I am active in the Mathematics Association of America currently serving on the Joint Committee on Mathematics and Statistics.  I also serve as an associate editor for CAUSE, the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education and work on the resources for that web page.  My recent work has been in the field of data science.  My students learn R, data visualization techniques, data wrangling, and web scraping.

Outside of a traditional classroom setting, I work with students on undergraduate projects in applied mathematics and statistics.  Recently, these projects have been in the area of data science using data sets of over 20,000 cases.  My students, with my mentoring and guidance, have worked in the area of chemometrics (the statistical analysis of analytical chemistry data) and created visualizations of Veteran data for the local United Way. Currently, I am working with one honors student who is trying to determine giving patterns of donors to a non-profit.  Another honors student is beginning his work in game theory applied to the financial sector. I have worked with students on various mathematical projects including particle flow through a constrained pipe, determining the critical variables that affect a basketball free throw, mathematical models for the evolution of the ABO blood types, and a statistical study of the heights of soldiers in the Civil War as a proxy to determine their nutritional status.  Most of these students' works have been presented at national conferences. The students have gone on to a wide variety of fields including graduate school in Biostatistics, Operations Management, and Physics. Some are high school mathematics teachers and others have gone on to work for consulting companies after graduation.

In my non-WC time, I play outside gardening and hiking.