The Mathematical Association of America recently recognized Rochester Institute of Technology’s Darren Narayan as one of the nation’s top mathematics professors.
Narayan, a resident of Oswego, received the Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching. He is an associate professor of mathematics and the director of undergraduate research in RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences.
The mathematical association established the Alder Award in 2003 to honor professors who influence students beyond the classroom. Award recipients must have taught full time in the United States or Canada for two to seven years after receiving their doctoral degree. The annual award is given to as many as three college or university professors.
Narayan uses innovative teaching tools and real-world examples from Microsoft Research, Mack Trucks and JetBlue Airways to help students learn and appreciate mathematics. He and his colleagues are collecting examples for the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Real World Applications Modules Project, funded by a $119,930 grant from the National Science Foundation.
In addition, Narayan has built a nationally recognized program for undergraduate research. With the help of JetBlue Airways and RIT alumni, he has secured more than $12,000 for RIT students to present their research at national conferences. He has also co-authored research papers with nine RIT students.