Stephen Lovett, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics
On Faculty since 2008

Phone: (630)752-5694
Email:

Education

Ph.D. - Northeastern University, 2003

M.S. - Northeastern University, 2000

B.S. - Brown University, 1995

About Stephen Lovett

Dr. Stephen Lovett joined the faculty of Wheaton College in 2008 after teaching at Eastern Nazarene College for 5 years where he served as the department chair for 2 years. He enjoys research and teaching in many areas of pure mathematics. During his undergraduate studies at Brown University he spent two summers working on electronic books for Calculus and Differential Geometry and one summer working at the Department of Defense. Along with his graduate studies and some courses he taught while a graduate student, Dr. Lovett now has specific interests in commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, differential geometry, cryptography and discrete dynamical systems.

His non-mathematical fun consists of two primary areas: music and travel (for tourism, study or volunteer work). He sang in a Choral Union for 4 years and played one of the barbershop quartet members in a 2004 undergraduate production of The Music Man. In the past few years, he and his wife and their daughter have traveled to southern Mexico, Dominican Republic, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and Austria (to name a few countries).

Courses Taught

  • Calculus I & II 
  • Linear Algebra
  • Vector Calculus 
  • Differential Equations
  • Modern Algebra I & II
  • Colloquium: Cryptography
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Basic Algebraic Geometry
  • Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Mathematical Association of America
  • American Mathematical Society
  • Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences

Research

Algebraic geometry, representation theory, differential geometry

Publications

Books or Book Chapters

"Epistemology" in Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith, eds. James Bradley and Russell Howell, Harper One, (May 2011).

Differential Geometry of Manifolds, by Stephen Lovett, A.K. Peters Ltd., (June 2010).

Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces, by Thomas Banchoff and Stephen Lovett, A.K. Peters Ltd., (March 2010).

Articles

Strong Divisibility, Cyclotomic Polynomials, and Iterated Polynomials, The American Mathematical Monthly, June 2013, p. 519-536.  (In collaboration with Nathan Bliss, Ben Fulan, Jeffrey Sommars.)

Painting by Parametric Curves and Van Gogh's Starry Night, Math Horizons, November 2010. (In collaboration with 4 students.)

Resolutions of Orthogonal and Symplectic Analogues of Determinantal Ideals, Journal of Algebra, vol. 311 p. 282-298 (2007).

Orthogonal and Symplectic Analogues of Determinantal Ideals, Journal of Algebra, vol. 291 p. 416-456 (2005).

Talks Given

Bringing Undergraduate Mathematics Research into the Classroom, Westmont College, ACMS Conference, June 2011.

How Do We Know What We Know? Christian Epistemology of Mathematics, Trinity Christian College, Nov. 2010.

Cryptography - An Introduction, ACCA (Association of Colleges in the Chicago Area) Seminar Series in Networking, Oct. 2009.

A Different Branch? Mathematics at a Liberal Arts College, Northeastern University Graduate Almni Conference, Feb. 2009.

When Does the Curvature Function Define a Closed Curve, ACCA Fall mini-symposium for Mathematics, 2008.

The Monster Group and Moduli Spaces:Trends in Modern Algebra, Science Seminar at Wheaton College, 2008.

Algebraic Geometry of Orthogonal and Symplectic Analogues of Determinantal Varieties, American Mathematical Society, Special Session Eastern Region Conference, 2008.

Resolutions of Orthogonal and Symplectic Analogues of Determinantal Ideals, American Mathematical Society, Special Session in Southeastern Region Conference, 2006.

Alice, Bob and Eve: Cryptography for Everyone, Eastern Nazarene College - Public Lecture Series, 2005.

Introduction to Cryptography, Eastern Nazarene College, 2004.

Symplectic and Orthogonal Analogues of Determinantal Ideals, American Mathematical Society, Special Session in Eastern Region Conference, 2002.

Orbits of Symmetric Quiver Representations, Northeastern University, 2001.

Algebra of Discrete Dynamical Systems, Eastern Nazarene College, 2001.