Owen Byer

Owen Byer

Office Phone: (540) 432-4642


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: SC 002

Department Chair

Mathematical Sciences Dept

Professor of Mathematics

Mathematical Sciences Dept


MA in Biomedicine

Owen joined the Eastern Mennonite faculty in 1999 after teaching at Northwestern College (Iowa) for three years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with secondary certification at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in pure mathematics at the University of Delaware in Newark. His graduate training is in combinatorics (graph theory, specifically), and he is currently coauthoring a Discrete Math textbook. His hobbies include playing basketball, bridge, and watching NFL football. Owen and his wife Barbara were married in January 1990, with son Cameron born in 1998 and daughter Lily in 2001. The family attends Weavers Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va.

Owen is currently chair of EMU’s Mathematical Sciences department and will be serving as President of EMU’s faculty senate in 2014-15.

  • B.A. in Mathematics, with secondary education certification, from Messiah College, 1989.
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from University of Delaware, 1996, under the direction of Felix Lazebnik. Thesis: Several Results on Extremal (v,e)-graphs.
Church, Community and Professional Service
(2013-2014 Academic Year only)
  • Guest lecturer, Eastern Mennonite High School, in Advanced Placement Calculus class, May 2014.
  • Director of Harrisonburg Duplicate Bridge Club.
  • Treasurer and Chair of Finance Committee, Weavers Mennonite Church.
Professional Memberships
  • Mathematical Association of America
  • Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences
  • Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Professional Conferences Attended
(2013-2014 Academic Years only)
  • Joint Meeting of the AMS and MAA, Baltimore, January 15-18, 2014
  • Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics, March 14-15, 2014 (Presentation given: Just how do they calculate NFL passer ratings, anyway?)
  • Mennonite Higher Education Faculty Conference, Conrad Grebel College, May28-30, 2014.
EMU Service
(2013-2014 Academic Year only)
  • Chair of Mathematical Sciences Department
  • Chair of Colleague Review Committee
  • Member of Faculty Status Committee
  • Member of Undergraduate Council
  • Member of Honors Committee
  • Member of Faculty-Staff Fall Workshop Planning Committee
  • Guest speaker in EMU Investment class