Bogdan Vajiac

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

"Modern methods of data analysis include not only traditional statistical approaches, but also new techniques that are motivated by the complexity and size of the information around us. I am excited to explore different ways of visually representing data and to analyze the insight that such an approach can give. My topological background helped me better understand the ways in which ideas from a presumably unrelated field can be applied in this area with amazing results. I am enthusiastic about the multiple applications of data visualization and the perspectives and intuition that a graduate of our program will have when taking these ideas in solving concrete tasks."

Madeleva 48 | bvajiac@saintmarys.edu

With numerous awarded fellowships, Bogdan Vajiac is well-versed in the kind of research that graduate students need. In the Master of Science in Data Science program, Vajiac will focus on the visualization of data.

Education

PhD, University of Notre Dame
MS, University of Notre Dame
Diploma de Specializare in Mathematics, University of Bucharest, Romania
Diploma de Licenta, University of Bucharest, Romania

Area of Expertise

Geometry and Topology

Data Modeling

Research Interests

Topological Data Analysis

Data Visualization Techniques

Graduate Courses Taught

DSCI 511: Data exploration and visualization

Professional Experience

Saint Mary's College, Associate Professor, 2008–present

Indiana University Northwest, Assistant Professor, 2002–2008

University of Oklahoma, Postdoctoral Position, 2000–2002

Indiana University Bloomington, Max Zorn Postdoctoral Fellow, 1997–2000

Awards and Honors

Lilly Foundation New Faculty Grant, Saint Mary's College, 2008

Center for Regional Excellence Grant, Indiana University Northwest, 2007

Trustee's Teaching Award recipient, Indiana University Northwest, 2007

Center for Sustainable Regional Vitality Fellow, Indiana University Northwest, 2006–2007

Summer Faculty Fellowship, Indiana University Northwest, 2006

Publications

With Adrian Vajiac. "Areas and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus." International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 39(2008). 

"h-Cobordisms and Mapping Cylinder Obstructions." Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society, vol. 86(2), 2009.

"Can a 6th grader trig?" Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Oct. 2009.

"Realization Theorems for End Obstructions." Homology, Homotopy, Appl., 10(2)2008:1–12.