Brandon Bate

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

  • 585-567-9283 ext #2830
  • Paine 209B
  • Mathematics
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  • 585-567-9283 ext #2830
  • Paine 209B
  • Mathematics
Send Me An Email

Education

  • Ph.D., Rutgers University (2013)
  • M.A., Boston College (2007)
  • B.S., Houghton College (2004)

 

Courses Taught 

  • Calculus I
  • Calculus II
  • Complex Analysis
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Introduction to Proofs
  • Linear Algebra
  • Number Theory

 

Why I Teach at Houghton    

I first came to Houghton College as a student in the fall of 2000. At that time I really didn't envision myself majoring in mathematics. Although I didn't dislike mathematics, I didn't find it all that interesting. It wasn't until I took calculus and other more advanced mathematics courses that I began to see how interesting mathematics could be and started to develop a love for solving mathematical problems and puzzles. After graduating with majors in mathematics and computer science, I completed a master’s degree at Boston College, followed by a Ph.D at Rutgers University. Prior to returning to Houghton as a faculty member, I was a post-doctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University.

I feel very blessed to be able to teach here at Houghton College in the Christian liberal arts tradition. Houghton College helped to foster my love for learning and a sincere faith. As a faculty member, I strive to do the same for my students.

Research Interests 

  •          My primary research interest is in number theory, specifically automorphic forms and L-functions, although I do have a growing interest in arithmetic dynamics.

 

Publications/Presentations

  •          Automorphic Distributions and Metaplectic Eisenstein Distributions (submitted for publication)
  •          “Frequencies of Successive Tuples of Frobenius Classes.” With Avner Ash and Robert Gross. Experimental Mathematics. 18:1, 2009, pp. 55–63.
  •          “Automorphic Distributions and Metaplectic Eisenstein Distributions.” American Mathematical Society Section Meeting, University at Buffalo, September 17, 2017.
  •          “Math for Liberal Arts Poster Projects.” Association of Christian in the Mathematical Sciences Conference, Charleston Southern University, June 1, 2017.
  •          “Using Applets when Teaching about the Enigma Machine.” Association of Christian in the Mathematical Sciences Conference. Redeemer University College, May 27, 2015.
  •          “Fourier Coefficients of Automorphic Forms for F4.” Algebra Seminar, University at Buffalo, February 23, 2015.

 

Other Interests/Hobbies/Enjoyments

  • My wife Juliet, also a Houghton graduate, and I have two sons. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to music and playing guitar.
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