# Owen Byer

Department Chair

Professor

MA in Biomedicine

Professor of Mathematics

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.

- Journey into Discrete Mathematics, in progress (revision stage)
- Mutually Tangent Spheres in n-space, under review with _Math Magazine, (joint with Deirdre L. Smeltzer)
*A Guide to Mathematics Competency, 5th edition*, a 100-page used in EMU’s Foundations of Mathematics course, June 2014, (The first four editions were joint with Deirdre L. Smeltzer)- A 3-D Analog of Steiner’s Porism,
*Math Magazine*, Volume 87 (April 2014), pp. 95-99. (joint with Deirdre L. Smeltzer) *Methods for Euclidean Geometry*, a 480-page book, Mathematical Association of America, 2010 (joint with Deirdre L. Smeltzer and Felix Lazebnik).- Exploring Loci in Geometry,
*Proceedings of the Sixteenth Conference of the ACMS*(2007), pp 114-140. (joint with Deirdre L. Smeltzer) - Edge bounds in nonhamiltonian k-connected graphs,
*Discrete Mathematics*307 (2007), pp.1572-1579. (joint with Deirdre L. Smeltzer) - Observations on the Indeterminacy of the Sample Correlation Coefficient,
*College Mathematics Journal*, Volume 33 (September 2002), pp. 320-322. - Mental Arithmetic, Finding Squares,
*Mathematics Teacher*, Volume 6 (September 2002), page 406. - Maximum Number of 3-paths in a Graph,
*ARS Combinatoria*, Volume 61 (2001), pp. 73-79. - Two Path Extremal Graphs and an Application to a Ramsey-type Problem,
*Discrete Mathematics*, Volume 196 (1999), pp. 51-64. - Some New Bounds on the Maximum Number of Vertex Colorings of a (v,e)-Graph,
*Journal of Graph Theory*, Volume 28 (1998), pp. 115-128. - Maximum Number of 4-cliques in a 4-partite Graph,
*Bulletin of ICA*, Volume 21 (1997), pp. 27-32.

- 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.

- Mathematical Association of America
- Association of Christians in the Mathematical Sciences
- Virginia Council of Teachers of Mathematics

- 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.

- 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