Richard B. Sowers

 Richard Sowers

Contact Information

Department of Mathematics
377 Altgeld Hall, MC-382
1409 W. Green Street, Urbana, IL 61801

Professor & Associate Head of Undergraduate Programs
Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering
104C Transportation Building
Acting Director of Actuarial Science, Professor
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My interests are in various applied problems which have impact. My formal training is in electrical engineering and applied mathematics. I find that some of the more interesting problems I have worked on have come from looking at the real world with a strongly quantitative toolset. Along the way, I have spent time at a hedge fund and consulted for private industry and the U.S. Government.  Finally, at the moment I am the associate head for undergraduate studies in the department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering.

Research Interests

  • Applied Mathematics, financial engineering, big data, traffic, precision agriculture, Internet of Things