John Bukowski

Professor of Mathematics Chair, Mathematics Department

Phone: (814)641- 3591
Office: Brumbaugh Academic Center C108 A
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Professor Bukowski came to Juniata in 1997 after earning his Ph.D. and Sc.M. in applied mathematics from Brown University and a B.S. with University Honors in both mathematics and physics from Carnegie Mellon University.

He was named Juniata Faculty Member of the Year at the May Day Breakfast in 2003, and previously he received Honorable Mention for the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching from Brown University.

Professor Bukowski is very active in the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). He currently serves as Governor of the Allegheny Mountain Section of the MAA (2005-08), representing the Section on the national Board of Governors. He is also Secretary/Treasurer of the Special Interest Group of the MAA on Quantitative Literacy (SIGMAA QL). In 1998-99, he was a Fellow of Project NExT, a national program of the MAA for new faculty interested in improving the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. As a result of this involvement, he is now Co-Coordinator of Section NExT, the regional version of the project in the Allegheny Mountain Section.

Professor Bukowski's current research interests are in the history of 17th and 18th century mathematics; in particular, he has studied the work of the Dutch mathematician Christiaan Huygens. He recently spent two weeks performing historical research on Huygens at the Universities of Utrecht and Leiden, Netherlands.

He is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the American Mathematical Society, and the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Professor Bukowski has a lifelong love of music. He is an organist and pianist at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Huntingdon. He has sung with the Choral Union since his arrival at Juniata, and he has performed with the Chamber Choir at Juniata in the past. He has played the cello in the college's String Ensemble, as well as with the Concert Choir, and he is an occasional member of Moore Street Pro Musica. He is the faculty advisor to the Musical Theatre Club, and he conducted the pit orchestra for their first two musicals, 'Snoopy!!!' and 'Once Upon a Mattress.' While at Brown, he directed the Catholic choir for four years.

He is married to fellow Juniata mathematics professor Cathy Stenson, whom he met in the Catholic choir at Brown. They have two young sons, David and Daniel.