Mathematical Sciences

Shelby Center for Science and Technology at UAH in Huntsville, Alabama

UAH’s Department of Mathematical Sciences is dedicated to education, scholarship, and service in the mathematical sciences. We offer programs of study leading to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics and to the doctor of philosophy degree in applied mathematics.

“Mathematics…is indispensable as an intellectual technique. In many subjects, to think at all is to think like a mathematician.”

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Dr. Karen A. Ames Memorial Lecture Series on Applied Mathematics


Dr. Azmy S. Ackleh   

Devon Endowed Professor of Mathematics, Dean of the College of Sciences, The University of Louisiana at Lafayette 

Competitive exclusion for selection-mutation models with discrete or continuous trait spaces:  A unifying measure-valued modeling approach


                                                    DATE:               March 31, 2017  

                                                    TIME:                3:00 p.m.

                                                    LOCATION:     SST Room 218

 Competitive interactions between organisms play a significant role in structuring ecological communities. The questions of when do competing species coexist and when do they exclude each other have long intrigued both ecologists and mathematicians. In 1932, Gause formulated the well-known Competitive Exclusion Principle, which states that two species competing for the same resources cannot coexist if other ecological factors are constant.  Thereafter, experiments and mathematical models (beginning with the Lotka-Volterra model) have been used to support or violate this tenet.  Recently efforts have been devoted to understanding this phenomenon in selection-mutation models in which individuals are distributed over a phenotypical trait space and compete with one another.  In this talk, a few recent selection-mutation models formulated using discrete or continuous trait spaces will be reviewed.  Then, a measure-valued selection-mutation modeling approach will be presented. This approach has the advantage of combining models with discrete or continuous trait spaces under one formulation. The long-time behavior of solutions of this measure-valued model is discussed and competitive exclusion or coexistence between traits is demonstrated.  

Dr. Azmy S. Ackleh is the Dean of the College of Sciences and the Devon Endowed Professor of Mathematics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  Ackleh received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1993. He then joined the Center of Research in Scientific Computation at North Carolina State University as a postdoctoral fellow until 1995 where he became an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and rose through the ranks to become a Full Professor in 2003. In 2007 he received the University Distinguished Professor award and was selected to become the R.P. Authement Eminent Scholar and Endowed Chair in Computational Mathematics. From 2011-2013 he served as the Head of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has been serving as the Dean of the College of Science since 2013.

Dr. Ackleh’s research is in the areas of Mathematical Biology with particular emphasis on population ecology and epidemiology. He is interested in the development of continuous and discrete models to describe the dynamics of populations and in using mathematical tools to understand the short-term and long-term behavior of solutions to these models. Particular applications that he has worked on include selection-mutation models, amphibian dynamics, the competitive interaction between blue and yellow irises, and the impact of oil spills on marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico. He served as the PI or Co-PI on more than $8M in external research funding. He mentored 3 postdocs and served as the major advisor for15 Ph.D. students and is currently directing two more.



Professor and Chairman
Department of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Alabama in Huntsville


The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) seeks an energetic leader to serve as Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences.   The successful candidate must have the rank of Professor and must hold a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences.  He/she is expected to have a strong record of leadership, excellence in research and teaching, track record of external funding, and experience in curriculum development and assessment.  Applicants must also show a clear ability to move the department forward with innovative leadership, including a demonstrated ability to work across disciplines.  The new Chair will encourage collaboration and support a broad range of research, educational, and interdisciplinary efforts in the Department. The Department currently offers bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees in Mathematical Sciences and a Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics.


The UAH campus is located in Huntsville, Alabama which is nestled in the Tennessee Valley and is a vibrant southern metropolis that is home to a robust economy. Among the region’s largest employers are the U.S. Army Redstone Arsenal, the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, and the nation’s second largest research park, Cummings Research Park (CRP). More than 285 high-tech and research companies and 25,000 employees are located in CRP, with UAH as the park’s anchor tenant. Downtown, small businesses and startups thrive thanks to ample support offered by the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce and the UAH Small Business Development Center. As a result, Huntsville has been listed among the nation’s top ten strongest economies and was recently named as one of the best cities to start a career, while Alabama has been noted as one of the top states for doing business. The metropolitan area’s 350,000+ residents are also considered some of the country’s most educated with one of the highest per-capita incomes.


Applicants are requested to submit by email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a description of research, teaching, administrative experience, a statement of goals and vision, and the names and contact information of at least three references to Dr. Boris Kunin at  Information about the department can be found at  or by contacting Dr. Kunin.  Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.  


The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer/ minorities/ females/ veterans/ disabled.


Please refer to log number: 17/18-524



Department of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Alabama in Huntsville


The University of Alabama in Huntsville, classified as a Very High Research Activity institution, offers academic and research programs in the Colleges of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Nursing, and Science.  Huntsville maintains one of the highest per capita incomes and standards of living in the Southeast.  It is a national center of aerospace and high technology research and is home to NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Huntsville and surrounding communities present many opportunities for healthcare research and professional practice.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences at The University of Alabama in Huntsville invites applicants for a non-tenure track faculty position with the rank of Lecturer beginning August 2017.  The position is renewable upon the successful result of an annual performance evaluation. Applicants must possess at least a master’s degree in mathematics or, preferably, a doctoral degree in mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics education or related field. Evidence of effective teaching experience, excellent communication skills and strong interest in computer-assisted mathematics curriculum is expected.  The successful candidate will teach four mathematics courses per semester during fall and spring.  Send letter of application, vita, official transcripts and contact information for three references by email to   Review of applicants will begin January 15, 2017 and continue until position is filled.  UAH is committed to equal opportunity and affirmative action.

The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer/ minorities/ females/ veterans/ disabled.

Please refer to log number:   17/18-518


Hiring Part-Time Lecturers for Mathematics

Application Deadline: Hired on a course-by-course basis

The University of Alabama in Huntsville invites applications for part-time, non-tenure-track instructors of introductory courses in Mathematical Sciences.   

Requirements: Applicants must possess a graduate degree in mathematics, business, engineering or a closely related field; completed a minimum of 18 graduate-level credit hours in mathematics, analytics, statistics, or other quantitative field; previous teaching experience desirable but not required. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate introductory courses in Mathematics.  Must be available to teach during the day (classes may be offered between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).  Reappointment is dependent on need and a satisfactory review.  Review of completed applications is ongoing. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 


Application Procedure: Applications for this position should include: (1) letter of interest, (2) current résumé, (3) official transcripts, and (4) three letters of reference, including contact name, address, phone number, and email address. Applications and inquiries should be directed to:


Attn:  Ms. Tami Lang
Department of Mathematical Sciences
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
301 Sparkman Drive, SST 258A
Huntsville, AL 35899


The University of Alabama in Huntsville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer/minorities/females/veterans/disabled.   


Math Fun  

What do you get when you cross a mosquito with a mountain climber?

Nothing. You can't cross a vector and a scalar.


UAH Math Club News

Did you know that you do not have to be a mathematics major or minor to join the Math Club?  Anyone can join!!  The Math Club seeks to spread knowledge of and interest in mathematics through projects and community outreach.  Their goal is to gain understanding of different mathematical applications through guest lectures and mathematical conferences.  With this knowledge, the Club wishes to spark interest in mathematics and STEM careers in local schools by visiting and describing different uses of math in STEM and by hosting a high school mathematics tournament.

The Math Club raised enough money last year to support a child this year for the Secret Meals For Hungry Children Program sponsored by the Alabama Credit Union. The Math Club is looking forward to an exciting 2016-2017 academic year and again will be diligent with their fund raising efforts for group this year.    The Secret Meals feeds well over 1,100 disadvantaged schoolchildren. 100% of each donation goes entirely to the purchase of Secret Meals food packs, so every dollar of support makes a difference.  A donation of $140 will feed one child weekly for an entire school year.

For more information, please contact the Math Department at (256) 824-6470.


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The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Shelby Center for Science and Technology, Room 258A
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899