Professional

Dr. Kenneth H. Luther

Associate Professor

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Valparaiso University

metalprofessor@gmail.com

Education

  • Ph.D. Environmental Science, 1998. School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. 
  • M.S. in Mathematics, 1990.  University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
  • B.S. in Mathematics (Minor: Physics & Astronomy), 1988.  Mount Union College, Alliance, OH.

Academic and Professional Experience

Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America, March 2008.  Nominated for Caterpillar Teaching Award at Valparaiso University, 2010 and 2012. Nominated for VU Alumni Association Distinguished Teaching Award, 2015.

  • Fall 1998 – present @ Valparaiso University.
  • Fall 2011 – Summer 2019: Chair, Department of Mathematics and Statistics (was Department of Mathematics and Computer Science until Fall 2014)
  • Fall 2005 – Present: Associate Professor: Department of Mathematics and Statistics (ex-Mathematics and Computer Science)
  • Fall 1998 – Summer 2005: Assistant Professor: Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Courses taught: Quantitative Problem Solving, Precalculus, Business Calculus, Finite Mathematics, Calculus I / II / III, Differential Equations and Linear Algebra, Linear Algebra, Mathematical Models in the Life and Environmental Sciences, Dynamical Systems, Partial Differential Equations, Introduction to Complex Variables, Real Analysis I & II, Water Resources Science and Management

  • Summer 1997 – Spring 1998: Instructor, Ivy Tech State College. Courses taught: Intermediate Algebra, Algebra and Trigonometry I \& II.
  • Fall 1996, Fall 1997: Instructor, Indiana University. E400: Introduction to Groundwater Hydrology.
  • Summer 1989, Summer 1990:  Instructor, University of Delaware: Calculus for Business and Economics, Calculus II with Applications


Publications – Books

Casual Calculus, Volumes 1, 2, 3 – submitted to World Scientific Press, now in editorial process.

Linear Algebra Junior – in preparation.

Publications – Journals and Technical Reports

  • Michael Karls, Kenneth H. Luther, Jeremy Christman (2020), “9-002-S-GroundWaterFlow,” https://www.simiode.org/resources/8071 .
  • Luther, K.H., 2012.  Mathematics Underground.  Primus 22 (7).
  • Luther, K.H., 2011.  Is This Integral Zero?  The College Mathematics Journal, Nov 2011.
  • Bakker, M., Kelson, V., Luther, K., 2005. Multilayer Analytic Element Modeling of Radial Collector Wells. Ground Water 43(6).
  • Luther, K.H., 2002. 3D Flow to Radial Collector Wells in Confined and Unconfined Aquifers.  Eos. Trans. AGU 83(19), Spring Meet. Suppl., Abstract H15C-09.
  • Luther, K.H, Haitjema, H.M. 2000. Approximate Analytic Solutions to 3D Unconfined Groundwater Flow Within Regional 2D Models. Journal of Hydrology, 229:101-117.
  • Haitjema, H.M., V.A. Kelson, and K.H. Luther, 2000. Analytic Element Modeling of Ground-Water Flow and High Performance Computing.  EPA Environmental Research Brief EPA/600/S-00/001/
  • Luther, K.H,  Haitjema, H.M. 1999. An Analytic Element Solution to Unconfined Flow Near Partially Penetrating Wells. Journal of Hydrology, 226:197-203.
  • Luther, K.H, 1998.  Analytic Solutions to Three-Dimensional Unconfined Groundwater Flow Near Wells.  PhD Thesis, Indiana University.
  • Luther, K.H., Haitjema, H.M. 1998.  Numerical Experiments on Residence Time Distributions in Heterogeneous Groundwatersheds. Journal of Hydrology, 207: 1-17.
  • Haitjema, H.M., Luther, K.H., and Wittman, J, 1997.  IU-SPEA 1995-1996 Groundwater Technical Support Activities for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
  • Haitjema, H.M., Mitchell-Bruker, S. and Luther, K.H., 1995.  Analytic Element Modeling of the Walnut Creek Watershed.  Report submitted to the USDA-ARS National Soil Tilth Laboratory in fulfillment of USEPA/USDA Interagency Agreement DW12936252-01-0.
  • Fromm, D.M., Luther, K.H.. BiKR — A Range-dependent, Normal-Mode Performance Prediction Model For Bistatic Geometries, Naval Research Laboratory Report NRL/FR/7140–95-9786.

Presentations

  • “A Boundary Value Problem for a Doublet”, Joint Mathematics Meetings: Boston, MA, Jan 4-7, 2012.
  • “Is Your Integral Zero?”  Mathfest, Pittsburgh, PA, 08/05/10-08/06/10.
  • “On-Line Calculus Courses At Valparaiso University” at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings: New Orleans, LA, Jan 5-8, 2007.
  • “Double Layers, Solid Angles and Cubic Splines: Fun With a Well in a Stratified Aquifer (Preliminary report)” at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings: New Orleans, LA, Jan 5-8, 2007.
  • “Implementing Assessment Plans for Programs in Mathematics and Computer Science: What We Have Learned through Two Cycles” at the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings: New Orleans, LA, Jan 5-8, 2007.
  • “A First Water Resources Class at Valparaiso University” at the Spring Meeting of the Indiana Water Resources Association, Purdue University, June 22, 2006.
  • “Multilayer and 3D Modeling of Radial Collector Wells” at the 5th International Conference on the Analytic Element Method, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, May 17 2006.
  • “Using On-Line Courseware to Implement Step-Wise Learning for Math Students”, Fall Meeting of the Indiana Section of the MAA, Evansville University, Evansville, IN, Nov 5-6, 2004.
  • “A Top Ten List for Students and Faculty”, Spring Meeting of the Indiana Section of the MAA, Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, March 28-29, 2003.
  • “Meeting Future Demand While Maintaining High Water Quality in Valparaiso, IN.”  Spring Meeting of the Indiana Water Resources Association, Angola, IN, June 19-21, 2002.
  • “3D Flow To Radial Collector Wells in Confined and Unconfined Aquifers” Spring Meeting of the AGU, Washington D.C., May 28-31, 2002.
  • “Mathematical Modeling of Groundwater Flow: A Potentially Interesting Problem”, Spring Meeting of the Indiana Section of the MAA, Anderson, IN, March 22-23, 2002.
  • “Interaction Between Ranney Wells and Surface Water Features:  Approximate Analytic Solutions.” (poster) SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences, Boulder, CO, June, 2001.
  • “Know Your Model: A Capture Zone Analysis For Valparaiso, IN Using WhAEM.”  Spring Meeting of the Indiana Water Resources Association, Spring Mill, IN, June 14-16, 2000.
  • “An Inventory of 2D and 3D Analytic Elements.” (poster) SIAM Conference on Mathematical and Computational Issues in the Geosciences, San Antonio, TX, March 24-27, 1999.
  • “An Approximate Analytic Solution to a Free Boundary Problem in Three-Dimensional Groundwater Flow.”  Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Toronto, Canada, July 13-17, 1998.
  • “An Analytic Element Solution to Unconfined Flow Near Partially Penetrating Wells.” Analytic-Based Modeling of Groundwater Flow, April 7-10 1997, Nunspeet, The Netherlands.
  • “Numerical Experiments on Residence Time Distributions.” Spring Meeting of the Indiana Water Resources Association, Madison, IN, June 19-21, 1996.
  • “Modeling Residence Time Distributions in Groundwatersheds.”  Spring Meeting of the Indiana Water Resources Association, Spring Mill, IN, June 1-3, 1994.
  • “An Analytic Element Solution to Unconfined Flow Near a Partially Penetrating Well.” (poster) The Spring Meeting of the Americal Geophysical Union, Baltimore, MD, May 20-24, 1994.
  • “Computational Efficiency in a Bistatic Range-Dependent Normal-Mode Acoustic Reverberation Model.”  The Spring Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Salt Lake City, UT, May 11-15, 1992.  Abstract: J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 91, 2343(A), 1992.

Professional Activity

  • Fall 2018 to Present: Development of WebWork problems for Calculus, Finite Mathematics, Partial Differential Equations
  • Fall 2012 – Summer 2016:  Co-PI on Resequencing Calculus, Phase II, an NSF TUES Type 2 (Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM) grant.  Involved curriculum development for a calculus textbook now being published by Wiley, using content in classrooms, assessment of developed practices, and implementation of over 2,000 associated homework problems in the on-line platform WebWork. These problem sets were used at several institutions, most heavily by Baldwin Wallace College and the University of Central Missouri.

Reviewer:

  • Fall 2014 – present: Associate Editor of the Journal Groundwater
  • Other reviews for Journal of Hydrology, Water Resources Research, Journal of Environmental Informatics, Advances in Water Resources, Hydrological Science and Technology.

Service : Professional / Community

  • 2012-2014 Mathematics Across the Discipline Committee (Mathematical Association of America).
  • Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America: Chair, Spring 2009 – Spring 2010; Vice Chair, Spring 2008 – Spring 2009.
  • Indiana Section of the American Water Resources Association: 1999-2009. Was President in 2004.
  • Valparaiso Department of Water Works Wellhead Protection Steering Committee / Groundwater Guardian Team, 2000-2011.
  • Councilor, Division of Mathematics and Computer Science, Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Summer 2005 – Summer 2008.
  • Board of Directors, Valparaiso City Utilities, May 2001 – July 2008.

Service: University

  • Fall 2018 to present: University Marshal
  • Fall 2017: Member, Alfred W. Sieving Chaired Professorship Selection Committee, VU College of Engineering
  • Fall 2015 – Spring 2017: Member, Department Rewards Task Force
  • Member, Faculty Senate and University Council, 2013-2015.
  • Member, Faculty Concerns Committee, 2010-2012.
  • Member, Faculty Grievance Committee, 2009-2012.
  • Member, Academic Technology Advisory Group (ATAG), 2000-present.  Chair Fall 2014 – Fall 2016.
  • Chair, Environmental Science Administrative Committee, 2003 –2009. 
  • Member, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Committee: Spring 2007 – 2010.
  • Member, University Accreditation (NCA) Committee., Spring 2005- Spring 2008.
  • Fall 2001 – Spring 2005. College of Arts and Sciences Committee on Scholarship and Advising, (Chair, 2003-4.)
  • Search Committee for Residential Learning Coordinators, Department of Residential Life and Housing, Spring 2001.

Accomplishments as Department Chair

  • Managed (friendly) departmental separation of Mathematics and Computer Science into Mathematics and Statistics, Computing and Information Sciences as of Fall 2014.
  • 6 of 7 hired colleagues received tenure
  • Launch of Data Science and Statistics majors
  • Redesign of math placement process, with introduction of ALEKS
  • Renovation of GEM 125 Unix Computer Lab
  • Renovation of GEM 160 PC Computer Lab
  • Installation of active learning classrooms with mobile furniture
  • Installation of tech in GEM 233
  • Hosting of Tri-Section Meeting of IN MAA, Spring 2018
  • Curriculum reform of all types