John F Oprea
 Title: Professor
Graduate Program Director
 Dept: Mathematics
 Office: RT 1529
 Phone: 216-687-4702
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1529, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
algebraic topology, differential geometry, symplectic geometry, Lusternik-Schnirelmann category, Arnold Conjecture, Ricci curvature, Mylar balloon, rational homotopy theory.
B.S., Mathematics, Case Western Reserve
M.S., Mathematics, Ohio State
Ph.D., Mathematics, Ohio State
Brief Bio:
John Oprea received his Ph.D. in 1982 from Ohio State University
and has been at Cleveland State University since 1985. His interests
lie in both algebraic topology and differential geometry and he has
written extensively in these areas. He is currently an associate editor
for the Journal of Geometry and Symmetry in Physics. See the web address
above for more information about Oprea's teaching and research.
Honors and Awards:
Oprea was awarded the Lester R. Ford award from the Mathematical
Association of America in 1996 for his American Mathematical Monthly
paper Geometry and the Foucault Pendulum. In 2008, he was named as
the Cleveland State College of Science Outstanding Researcher and
received the Cleveland State University Distinguished Faculty Award
for Research. In 2012, he was awarded a Simons Foundation Collaboration
Grant continuing until 2017.
Teaching Areas:
Differential Geometry, Calculus of Variations, Operations Research, Advanced Linear Algebra.
Professional Affiliations:
American Mathematical Society

Mathematical Association of America
Professional Service:
Reviewer for Mathematical Reviews

Member of the American Mathematical Society Committee to select the winner of the Levi Conant prize.
Research Grants:
Oprea has received five Research in Pairs grants from the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach in Germany. Along with his colleague Peter
Bubenik, he received an NSF-CBMS grant to hold a Workshop on Algebraic
Topology in Applied Mathematics that was held at Cleveland State in August 2009.
In 2012, Oprea was awarded a 5-year grant from the Simons Foundation for
Collaboration in Research. He has recently (2013) been awarded a Research in Pairs
grant at Oberwolfach for September 2013.