Dedman College 2015
Richard Haberman, Professor of Mathematics in Dedman College, earned his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After teaching at Rutgers University and Ohio State University, he joined the SMU faculty in 1978. His research has involved various areas of physical applied mathematics, including singular perturbation methods of nonlinear dynamical systems and waves, slowly varying bifurcations in differential equations and chaotic interaction of solitary waves in nonlinear optics. Professor Haberman has published three mathematics textbooks, including Applied Partial Differential Equations, currently used in 125 universities, and more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles. He served as editor-in-chief of the SIAM (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) book series on Mathematical Modeling and Computation and as associate editor for the UMAP Journal of applied mathematics. At SMU he served as director of the graduate program in mathematics for approximately 15 years and as the undergraduate program director for three years. A dedicated teacher and mentor, he taught 17 graduate courses and eight undergraduate courses, directed six Ph.D. theses and served on numerous M.S. and Ph.D. committees. He was honored with the Betty McKnight Speairs Endowed Teaching Excellence Award in Mathematics. He retires as Professor Emeritus of Mathematics.