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Dr. Sam Northshield


After a chaotic adolescence, I entered college at age 21 and — loving it so much — never left! I graduated from Marlboro College in 1982 and went on to graduate school at the University of Rochester where, in 1989, I got my Ph.D. That year, I started work here at SUNY Plattsburgh. Aside from several visiting positions in Minnesota and Vermont, I have been here since. I became (full) professor in 2001.

In my spare time I enjoy travel, playing guitar, photography, painting (watercolor and oil) and most of all, doing math. I love seeing a pattern in math and figuring out why it is true.

Over the years, I have worked with several students on independent research culminating in research presentations, a publication in the in-house science journal and a joint publication in the Pi Mu Epsilon Journal.

I have over 50 mathematical publications and have given over 100 professional presentations in a wide variety of areas including number theory, probability theory and stochastic processes, combinatorics, difference and functional equations, integer sequences, geometry, abstract harmonic analysis, potential theory, special functions, numerical analysis and matrix theory.

Most of my publications have been reviewed by Mathematical Reviews (MathSciNet) and zbMATH (zbMath.org). Many are available for download at researchgate.net and a few are available at arxiv.org.

  • Education
    • Ph.D., 1989, University of Rochester
    • M.A. ,1985,  University of Rochester
    • B.S. w/ high honors, 1982, Marlboro College
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