Faculty and Staff

Paul VonDohlen

Professor • Department of Mathematical Sciences

I have been a faculty member at WPUNJ since 2006. My doctoral research was on dynamical systems and numerical simulations. More recently, I have transitioned that numerical simulation work into the field of Mathematics and Sports. As a big sports fan, it has been so exciting to incorporate that area of interest into my research. It has also lead me to the growing area of Data Science which has been an even more recent passion of mine.

One of the things I most enjoy about being a professor is teaching. Whether it is instructing in the classroom (in-person or virtual) or having conversations outside the classroom, I greatly enjoy working with students. And I cannot tell you how much I have learned from teaching!

I am active in the New Jersey section of the MAA (Mathematical Association of America), having recently served as the Chair of the section.

Professional Interests

Dynamical Systems, Numerical Analysis, Data Science, Mathematical Modeling and Simulations, Mathematics in Sports, Mathematics Education

Other Interests

Sports, Programming, Movies


PhD Mathematics, Stevens Institute of Technology Hoboken, NJ

MS Applied Mathematics, Columbia University New York, NY

BS Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University New York, NY


Applied Mathematics

Licenses and Certifications

IBM Data Science Professional Certificate, IBM/Coursera

IBM Machine Learning Professional Certificate, IBM/Coursera

Representative Publications

Coding and GUI Use in the Teaching of Undergraduate Numerical Analysis; , The Electronic Journal of Mathematics & Technology; Volume 14, 2020

Tweaking the NFL's Quarterback Passer Rating for Better Results; , Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports; 2011

An Error-Based Curve Tracking Algorithm for 2-Dimensional Flows; International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics; Volume 71, 2011

Awards and Honors

Stephanie Sloyan Award for Distinguished Service
Mathematics Association of America New Jersey Section

Notable Courses Taught

Numerical Analysis, Differential Equations, Geometry, Linear Algebra, Multivariate Calculus, Calculus I and II, Elementary Statistics, College Algebra
Mathematics of Machine Learning

By appointment