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Owen Byer

DEPARTMENT: Mathematical Sciences Dept

POSITION: Department Chair and Professor of Mathematics

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | SSC 019G

PHONE: (540) 432-4642

EMAIL: byer@emu.edu

Owen 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 mathematics at the University of Delaware. He taught for three years at Northwestern College before coming to EMU, where he has taught for 21 years. Owen’s graduate training is in combinatorics (graph theory, specifically), and he recently finished writing a Discrete Math textbook, published by MAA/AMS. His hobbies include playing basketball, bridge, and a variety of board games. Owen and his wife, Barbara, have two children in college, Cameron and Lily.

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


BA, Messiah College
MS, University of Delaware
PHD, University of Delaware

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