Rodica Curtu

PhD, University of Pittsburgh 2003

Professor of Mathematics
The University of Iowa

Contact information

225F MacLean Hall
Department of Mathematics
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1419

Phone: (319)-335-0744


Spring 2024

Office Hours: Mon 10:30 AM - 11:20 AM & 12:30 PM -1:20 PM and Wed 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM (Room 225F MLH), or by appointment

(Graduate Courses)   MATH:6610    Ordinary Differential Equations II   ---   MWF 11:30 PM -12:20 PM (113 MLH)
(Undergraduate Courses)   MATH:2550:0091    Engineering Math III: Matrix Algebra   ---   MW 9:30 AM -10:20 AM (213 MLH)

                                            Research             Publications             Teaching


2020 -           Professor, Mathematics
2012-2020   Associate Professor, Mathematics
2007-2012   Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Other Affiliations
2020 -         Member, The Iowa Neuroscience Institute
2020 -         Faculty, The Interdiciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience
2012 -         Collaborator, Human Brain Research Lab
2008 -         Member, The Delta Center (Development and Learning from Theory to Application)
2008 -         Faculty, The Program in Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences (AMCS)

Leadership Positions/ Contributions to CLAS & UIowa
2023-2026     Elected Member, Faculty Senate
2023-2026     Elected Member, Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee, CLAS
2023               Appointed Member, Committee for the Review of the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR)

2021-2023     Appointed Member, Ad-hoc Advising Committee for the Associate Dean for Research, CLAS
2021-             Departmental Representative at INMAS (Internship Network in the Mathematical Sciences)

2020-2022     Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, Mathematics, CLAS
2020-2022     Departmental Representative for the AAU PhD Education Initiative, The Graduate College

Spring 2020   Appointed Member, Committee for the 5-year Review of the Computer Science Department
Fall 2019       Interim Director of AMCS
2018-2019     Chair, Committee for the 5-year Review of the Mathematics Department
2015-2018     Elected Member, Faculty Assembly, CLAS

Mathematical Biology Group

We have an active group of faculty and students with research interests in
Mathematical Biology. We organize weekly seminars and lunch meetings. If you are a student or a visitor at the University of Iowa interested in the topic, or you would just like to join us, let us know!

Sonia Kovalevsky Day

This is an event organized by the University of Iowa that seeks to engage young women through a variety of hands-on problem solving and learning activities. High school female students, their educators, and parents or guardians are invited to a day-long program featuring workshops, talks, and panels of professionals, and opportunities for social interaction among those who share a passion for math. See the group picture from SKday-2023.

Current and Past Advisees

Xiayi Wang (2015-2017)
       Current position: Data Scientist, Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions, NJ

Graduate Students
Ying Liu (PhD target date: Spring 2025)
Ian Ramsey (First-Year Graduate Student)

Pake Melland
       PhD 2021; NSF-RTG Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematics, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX ,
       Computational Neuroscience program (2021-2023), see details at Pake's website
       Current position: Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Oregon Institute of Technology, OR (2023- )
Quynh-Anh Nguyen
       PhD 2019; Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Mathematical Sciences, IUPUI, IN (Leonid Rubchinsky's lab; 2019-2021)
       Current position: Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences, University of Indianapolis, IN (2021- )
Aarati Mahat
       PhD 2018; Lecturer, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Superior, WI (2019-2023)
       Current position: Lecturer, Mathematics, University of the Pacific, CA (2023- )
Joe Ambrose
       PhD 2016 (Co-advisor: John Spencer, Psychology); Works for the Government
Morgan Fonley
       PhD 2015; Associate Professor (Tenured), Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Alma College, MI (2015- )
Jeannine Abiva
       PhD 2013; Scientist/Applied Mathematician at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division (2015-2020);
       Lead Scientist/Director of Advanced Mathematics and Algorithm Develpment, Booz Allen Hamilton, CA (2020-2022)
       Current position: R&D Engineer, Industrial Light and Magic, CA (2022- )
Danilo Diedrichs
       PhD 2012; Professor (Tenured), Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Wheaton College, IL (2012- )

Undergraduate Students

Mostafa Telfah (Ongoing research project)

Guanyu Wang - URA (Outcome 2013: PhD graduate student, Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University)
Maxwell Turner - VIGRE URA (Outcome 2011: PhD graduate student, Neuroscience, The University of Washington, Seattle, WA)
Sharniece Holland (Alabama State University) - McNair/SROP URA at UIowa;
Travis DeWitt - VIGRE URA (Outcome 2010: PhD graduate student, Mathematics, University of Iowa, Iowa City)

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