
Shawn David Ryan





Research Keywords: 
 Mathematical Biology, PDEs, Differential Equations, Materials Science, Selforganization, Collective Motion, Effective Properties 


Education: 

Ph.D., Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University, 2014
M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Akron, 2009
B.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Akron, 2009



Brief Bio: 
 I am an applied mathematician who is a tenuretrack Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Cleveland State University. I currently work on modeling, analysis, and simulations for problems involving collective motion in biology, material science, and physics. Lately, I have all been studying bacterial contamination in food processes with D. Munther (Math), Atmospheric Physics with T. Heus (Physics) and Synthetic Janus Particles with C. Wirth (Chem. and Bio. Engineering). Before arriving at CSU, I was a postdoc in the Department of Mathematical Sciences with some joint work in the Liquid Crystal Institute (LCI) at Kent State University under the direction of Assoc. Prof. Xiaoyu Zheng and Prof. Peter PalffyMuhoray.
I finished my Ph.D. in Mathematics under the advisement of Professor Leonid Berlyand at Penn State University in August 2014. Throughout my dissertation work, I studied the effective rheological properties and collective motion in bacterial suspensions. Before this, I graduated from the University of Akron with my Bachelors and Masters of Science degrees in four total years in 2009. 


Honors and Awards: 
 2018 CSU Alumni Assoc. Golden Apple Award
2016 Kent State Department of Athletics Faculty Honor, Kent State University, For being instrumental in studentathlete academic success.
20142015 Certificate for ``Dedicated Service and Outstanding Contributions toward Student Success", KSU Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Upward Bound.
2014 Pritchard Dissertation Award, Outstanding dissertation work in Mathematics.
2013 Manuscript chosen as a "Highlight of 2013" in New Journal of Physics
2012 Department of Mathematics Teaching Award, Pennsylvania State University. 20092014 University Graduate Research Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University.
2009 August and Ruth Homeyer Graduate Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University.
2009 University of Akron Outstanding Senior, Top 10 graduating seniors at U. Akron.
2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, Outstanding undergraduate research in the STEM fields. First person at the University of Akron ever to win.
2007 Alberta M. and William C. King Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Jr./Sr. in Mathematics, The University of Akron.
2006 Dr. Mary E. Maxwell Scholarship for Outstanding Freshman in Mathematics, The University of Akron.
2005 University of Akron Honors Scholar of Excellence, Awarded to top incoming undergraduates of the University of Akron Honors College. 


Research Interests: 
 Mathematical Analysis, Simulations, and Modeling with Applications in Biology and Materials Science
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Mathematical Biology
Collective Motion, Phase Transitions, and Pattern Formation in Active Biosystems/Biomaterials 


Teaching Areas: 
 Applied Mathematics
Differential Equations
Mathematical Biology
Partial Differential Equations 


Professional Affiliations: 
 Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)
American Mathematical Society (AMS)
Society of Mathematical Biology (SMB)
International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS)
Ohio Academy of Sciences (OAS) 


Professional Experience: 
 2016Present, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Cleveland State University
20142016, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Department of Mathematical Sciences and Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University
20102012 (Summers), Summer Research Aide of Igor Aranson, Materials Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory 


Community Service: 
 20152016, NE Ohio STEM Science Fair Project Mentor
20142016, Volunteer at Akron Science Expo 

