Charles Brian Crane

Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Charles Brian Crane is a pure mathematician who has been teaching undergraduate mathematics since 2001. Originally from South Carolina, Brian attended Furman University as an undergraduate before earning his doctorate in mathematics from Emory University in 2005. He held teaching positions at Goshen College, Grand Valley State University, and Lawrence Technological University before coming to Marygrove in 2009. He is also a faculty advisor for Marygrove’s chapter of Sigma Zeta, a national science and mathematics honor society.

Brian’s primary research interest is graph theory, a branch of discrete mathematics involving the study of relationships and connections. He is particularly interested in problems involving paths, cycles, hamiltonicity, and forbidden subgraphs. Marygrove is one of the few colleges in the state to offer an undergraduate course in graph theory, which has many modern applications involving internet modeling, computer networks, social networks (Facebook), utility design, scheduling, and even topics as diverse as psychology, trust, linguistics, and the function of language.

Brian’s other mathematical interests include combinatorics (the science of counting) and calculus. He is always interested in working with undergraduates who want to explore research topics in mathematics. In his free time he loves writing, reading, music, and running.


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