Dr. Yong-Zhuo Chen
Division Chair, Professor of Mathematics
Division of Physical and Computational Sciences
Ph. D. Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh 1988
M. A. Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh 1985
M.S. Shanghai Normal University, China 1982
Dr. Chen enjoys teaching undergraduate mathematics courses and always looks for opportunities to stimulate students' interest in math through faculty-student research projects.
To complement his strong commitment for teaching, he is continuing original research to keep up his enthusiasm for exploring mathematics. As Chair of the Division of Physical and Computational Sciences, he strives to promote and enhance the learning of science for students.
Dr. Chen was born in China. He obtained his Master of Science degree in mathematics from Shanghai Normal University and taught there as an instructor for a couple of years. He came to the United States at the end of 1983 to attend the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1988. After working as a visiting assistant professor at Bowling Green State University for one year, he began his career at Pitt-Bradford in 1989. He loves the personalized teaching environment here as well as the easy-going small-town life in Bradford where he lives with his wife and two children. They enjoy walking on trails for exercise and relaxing.
Dr. Chen's Ph.D. work was in the field of harmonic analysis and he, together with his advisor, initiated the study of several new classes of Hardy spaces which have been developed considerably by other mathematicians since then. After coming to Pitt-Bradford, his research interest has shifted to the field of nonlinear operators. He has published about 30 refereed papers, which include several co-authored articles with students, in college level mathematics journals.
What do you think the purpose or benefit of a higher education is?
Higher education should help students to develop effective skills to improve their lives and serve the society.
In your opinion, what are the benefits of working on a small campus?
It has a more personalized environment.
What are the benefits, in your opinion, for students studying in a small campus setting rather than on a large/urban campus setting?
Students are able to get more face-to-face interactions with professors.
How would you describe your approach to teaching?
As a mathematics teacher, I always have students in mind. I carefully prepare every class and spend a lot of time organizing the material because I believe any good lecture must be well planned. How much material can be covered in this class? How should I introduce the new topic? Where may students have some trouble? These are the questions I always ask myself. It is very important to put myself in the students’ position when considering these questions, since something looking simple to me might be confusing to some students.
What do you think students like best about your classes?
Presenting the courses in an organized manner and making good use of examples.
What is an interest or hobby of yours that really doesn’t have anything to do with the teachings of your academic field?
I like hiking and leisure reading.
How might you respond to a student who enjoys the subject matter of your classes but isn’t necessarily strong in that field of study?
I would do whatever I could to help that student.
What is the most rewarding aspect of teaching at Pitt-Bradford?
Are you currently working on any research, publication, or project? What does it consist of?
I am doing research in the field of nonlinear operators that models non-proportional growth in the real world.
What kind of music do you most enjoy? Why?
I enjoy music that can make me relax and cheer up. I also enjoy music which helps me to recall my childhood and youth days.
What did you want to be when you grew up?