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Juniata Math Professors Receive Teaching, Service Awards

(Posted April 18, 2011)

John Bukowski, professor of mathematics

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- John Bukowski, professor of mathematics at Juniata College, and Jerry Kruse, associate professor of mathematics and information technology at Juniata, recently received awards at the annual meeting of the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America in April at Clarion University. Kruse won the 2011 MAA Allegheny Mountain Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, and Bukowski won the 2011 MAA Allegheny Mountain Section Service Award.

Bukowski joined the Juniata faculty in 1997 after earning his master's degree and doctoral degree in applied mathematics from Brown University in Providence, R.I. He earned a bachelor's degree in both mathematics and physics from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

In 1998-99, he was a fellow of Project NExT, a national program sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America for new faculty interested in improving the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. He was promoted to associate professor in 2003 and serves as chair of the mathematics department. He was promoted to full professor in 2009.

Kruse joined the Juniata faculty as an assistant professor in 1999. He earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Illinois and went on to earn a master's degree and doctorate in applied mathematics from Brown University. He is a member of numerous honor societies including Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Golden Key, and Phi Eta Sigma. He was promoted to associate professor in 2005.

Before starting his career in higher education, Kruse served as software engineer for Compaq Computer Corporation in the Mathematics Library Group, where he developed high-performance numerical routines. He also worked for the DuPont Company in such positions as database administrator, information center analyst, and data center supervisor.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.