Mathematics Professor Andrew Woldar, PhD, Receives Commendation on Floor of the U.S. House of Representatives

Mathematics professor Andrew Woldar, PhD

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Andrew Woldar, PhD, a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was commended by Pennsylvania Congressman Pat Meehan on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., Jan. 31. 

Congressman Meehan publically lauded Dr. Woldar and Villanova University for their recent research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Woldar's project on algebraic graph theory was recognized by the NSF for its important contribution to the mathematical sciences.

“Professor Woldar and Villanova University's dedication to the field and leadership in teaching continue to prepare students with the technical background they will need for successful careers,” Congressman Meehan noted in his remarks to the House.

Regarding the experience of being recognized on the House floor, Woldar could only describe the event as humbling and surreal.

“It took me completely by surprise,” Woldar said. “Of course it is a great honor to me and to Villanova University, and I am very grateful to Congressman Meehan for his kind words.”

The NSF grant will support a conference at Villanova University in June 2014, which will bring together experts, researchers and students to discuss recent advancements in mathematics. 

“Dr. Woldar's success in winning this grant reflects the international stature of mathematical research at Villanova,” noted Jean Ann Linney, PhD, Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  “The conference supported by this grant will bring many of the world's most accomplished mathematicians to Villanova.”

 “Invitations are still going out to top researchers in the field, and at this point there are already some 20 nations represented at the conference,” noted Woldar.

The conference, entitled “Modern Trends in Algebraic Graph Theory” will take place on June 2-5, at Villanova University.

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