Jürgen Kritschgau

Post-doctoral Scholar

Portland State University

Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics + Statistics 

j.kritschgau "at" pdx "dot"  edu

About Me

I am currently a post-doctoral scholar at Portland State University in the RTG for Computation and Data Enabled Science

Before moving to Portland, I was a postdoctoral associate at Carnegie Mellon University between Fall 2021 and Fall 2023. I graduated from the Mathematics Ph.D. program at Iowa State University in 2021. My Ph.D. advisor was Michael Young. Here is a copy of my (academic) long CV. Here is a copy of my shorter CV

Currently, I am keeping an eye out for permanent academic or lab positions in the  Pacific Northwest. Please reach out to me at j.kritschgau "at" pdx "dot" edu if you are interested in my application materials.

Research 

I have three main research interests: extremal graph theory, anti-Ramsey theory, and zero forcing.  Click here to see my publications. I am always looking for new projects and collaborators!

Some projects I am working/thinking about  are:

Teaching

My teaching experience includes core offerings and service classes: Calculus I-III, Business Calculus, Introduction to Proofs (for a full lists, contact me for my CV). Most recently, I taught Multivariate Analysis (21256) which covers material from linear algebra and calc 3 for social science majors. Last Fall I also taught Algebraic Structures (21373), which is an abstract algebra class for undergraduates. 

A core tenant of my teaching practice is to iterate on my teaching materials and strategies for sustained improvement throughout my teaching career. To this end, I maintain a "private" github repository for teaching materials (email me if you would like access). One improvement I am focusing on this semester is to make videos of example problems for my Multivariate Analysis class. The production quality could use some work, but you can see an example here.

Outreach

I have been a mentor in the Summer Undergraduate Applied Math Institute at CMU during  the 2018 (under Michael Young), 2022, and 2023 summers. SUAMI was important in my career as I was a participant in 2015, and I am glad I can stay in touch with the program. Here is an article summarizing this summers experience. 

I started Redefining Math, a monthly program at the Ames Public Library. The goal of the program is to facilitate positive experiences doing math by examining puzzles and games. To read more about it, see this article on the Iowa State University website.