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Dr. Carl Lutzer Named Interim Director of RIT's Honors Program

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dr. Carl Lutzer has been appointed as the interim direcor of the Honors Program. Dr. Lutzer joined the faculty at RIT in 2000 and currently serves as the coordinator of undergraduate programs within the School of Mathematical Sciences. He has helped design honors courses in the COS and has taught them including “The Mathematics of Politics and Power.” He is known most especially for his student-centeredness and commitment to student success. We are very fortunate to have Dr. Lutzer moving into this interim role. 

Dr. Lutzer earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky where he investigated mathematical features of the Dirichlet-to-Neumann operator, which is fundamental to the detection of tumors via electrical impedance tomography. Dr. Lutzer has written several pedagogically-themed articles, has published work in pure mathematics and statistics, and has applied his mathematical training to collaborative efforts including an investigation of the relationship between light scattering and the health of the human eye, an exploration of microelectromechanical dynamics, and the analysis of a continuum model of crowd flow through constrained spaces. Dr. Lutzer has long been passionate about teaching and designing academic experiences that promote student success, and last year he and three colleagues (Drs. Hoffman and Wenger from the RIT School of Mathematical Sciences, and Dr. Juersivich of Nazareth College) won an NSF grant to study the impact that including authentic data in the mathematics classroom has on students’ disposition toward their mathematical education.

Dr. Lutzer is the recipient of the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award for Expository Excellence from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the RIT Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the Clarence F. Stephens Distinguished Teaching Award from the Seaway Section of the MAA. He has served on curricular bodies for many years, including the Undergraduate Curriculum Committees of the School of Mathematical Sciences and the College of Science, the General Education Committee (chair), and the Institute Writing Committee.This spring, Dr. Lutzer will conclude his first term in the Academic Senate. According to Dr Lutzer, he has come away from these experiences with “an appreciation of the myriad talents of RIT faculty and staff, and a firm resolve that problem-solving efforts benefit from a diverse group of people with rich variation in backgrounds and ways of thinking.” 

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Lutzer on his new role and wishing current Honors Director, Dr. Danielle Smith, all the best as she moves to Syracuse University where she will take up the directorship of their Honors Program.