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Owen Byer

POSITION: Professor; Program Director - Mathematics and Computer Science

DEPARTMENT: Mathematics and Computer Science

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SSC 019G

PHONE: (540) 432-4642


Owen earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with secondary certification at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., a master’s degree and Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Delaware, and a master's degree in Applied Statistics at Penn State University.  Owen taught for three years at Northwestern College (Iowa) before coming to EMU, where he has taught for 23 years.

Owen’s graduate training is in combinatorics (graph theory, specifically), and he co-authored a Discrete Math textbook, published by MAA/AMS in 2018. In addition, he wrote a geometry textbook, Methods for Euclidan Geometry,  published by MAA in 2010, with a  second edition published by Dover Publications in 2021.  His hobbies include playing disc golf, basketball, bridge, and a variety of board games. Owen and his wife, Barbara, have two adult children, Cameron and Lily.

Owen is the chair of EMU’s Mathematical Sciences Department, which includes the mathematics and computer science.


PHD, University of Delaware (Mathematics)
MS, University of Delaware (Mathematics)
BA, Messiah University (Mathematics)
MAS, Penn State University (Applied Statistics)

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