BS, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Joshua Faber has been a member of the School of Mathematical Sciences since joining RIT in December 2007, and was appointed to be the Head of the School in the summer of 2022.
He has been a member of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation and a Program Faculty member for the Astrophysical Sciences and Technology Ph.D. programs from their earliest days when he joined the faculty and now serves as a Program Faculty member of the Mathematical Modeling Ph.D. program as well.
Faber has served as the Director and PI of RIT's NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program in Multimessenger Astrophysics, whose mission includes providing research opportunities to community college students as well as deaf and hard-of-hearing students. He was recognized as a PI Millionaire by the Office of the Vice President for Research in 2021. From 2020-2022, he served as an Operations Officer and an Executive Committee Member of RIT's Faculty Senate.
Working with Prof. David Goldfarb from the University of Rochester, Faber has been a co-organizer since its founding of the Rochester Science Cafe, one of the city's premier venues for free science talks intended for a general public audience.
He earned his A.A. degree at what was then Simon's Rock College of Bard (now Bard College at Simon's Rock) in Great Barrington, MA, and his B.S. degrees in Physics and Astronomy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In 2001, he earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, advised by Prof. Frederic Rasio. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the latter including three years sponsored by the NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Post-doctoral Fellow (AAPF) program.
In the News
May 16, 2023
Joshua Faber on surviving a school shooting
WXXI’s “Connections” program features Joshua Faber, head of the School of Mathematical Sciences.
October 17, 2022
RIT researcher developing new mathematical techniques to speed up biomechanical imaging
Assistant Professor Olalekan Babaniyi is developing new mathematical techniques that could lead to improvements in applications ranging from medical imaging to predicting how fast ice flows into the ocean.
April 22, 2020
NSF funds RIT researchers to develop code for astrophysics and gravitational wave calculations
The National Science Foundation recently awarded researchers at RIT, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Louisiana State University, Georgia Tech and West Virginia University grants totaling more than $2.3 million to support further development of the Einstein Toolkit, a community-developed code for simulating the collisions of black holes and neutron stars, as well as supernovas and cosmology.