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Richard G. Ligo

  • Assistant Professor
    Mathematics Department

I grew up on a beautiful farm in Mercer, Pennsylvania.  My dream as a high school student was to become an architect, but I eventually realized that I was a much better mathematician than artist, and mathematics could actually be extremely interesting all on its own.  This led me to a mathematics major at Westminster College, where I also received a minor in secondary education.  Following my graduation from Westminster I attended the University of Iowa, where I obtained my Ph.D.

While I no longer live on the farm, I still enjoy working there alongside my father.  My hobbies haven't changed much since I was in elementary school—I love soccer, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and video games.  While I moved on from playing competitive soccer about ten years ago, I still often participate recreationally.  The Steelers, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and speedruns of Nintendo 64 or Gamecube games are among my favorite things to watch.

Courses Taught

  • Applied Mathematics for Business (MATH 115)
  • Calculus 1 (MATH 140)
  • Calculus 2 (MATH 141)
  • Geometry (MATH 226)
  • Calculus 3 (MATH 242)
  • Caclulus 4 (MATH 243)
  • Linear Algebra (MATH 252)
  • Mathematical Analysis 1 (MATH 301)
  • Differential Equations (MATH 304)

Educational History

  • Westminster College (PA), B.S. in Mathematics, 2012
  • University of Iowa, Ph.D. in Mathematics, Dissertation: Conformal Transformations, Curvature, and Energy, 2017

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Gannon University, 2017-present
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