Sandy Koonce

Professor, Math/Compt Science
Math & Computer Science


P: 909.748.8631

Degrees: PhD, Stanford University, Mathematics, 1986; AB, Dartmouth College, Mathematics, 1980

Office: Math and Computer Science, Appleton Hall #220

Areas of Expertise

  • Mathematical modeling in biological systems

  • Algebraic and geometric topology

  • Geometry

  • Problem solving

Professional Background Highlights

  • Ph.D. work in characteristic classes for stably almost-complex manifolds

  • Presentations at many conferences and seminars in topology

  • Design of a new course in mathematical modeling, presented in several locations and published

  • Work in mathematical modeling of the interaction between closely-related bird species, published and ongoing

  • Solutions to several problems in mathematics journals acknowledged

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Math for Liberal Arts

  • Calculus I, II, and III

  • Techniques in  Problem Solving

  • Conjecture and Proof in Discrete Mathematics

  • Introduction to Modeling

  • Linear Algebra

  • College Geometry

  • Real Analysis

  • Complex Analysis

  • Abstract Algebra

  • Point Set Topology

  • Senior Seminar

Degrees Held

  • AB, Dartmouth College, Mathematics, 1980

  • PhD, Stanford University, Mathematics, 1986

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Gibbs Instructor (post-doc) at Yale University 1986-1988

  • Assistant Professor, Vassar College, 1988-1993

  • Teaching Assistant, Stanford University, 1980-1986

Awards and Honors

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1979

  • Summa Cum Laude, 1980

  • Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) fellowship recipient, 1983

  • Innovative Teaching Award, University of Redlands, 1996

  • Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Redlands, 2004

Publications and Presentations

The Role of Dispersal in the Replacement of Golden-winged Warbler by Blue-winged Warbler, in Natural Resource Modeling, vol. 18, no. 4, 537-547

Plan to Integrate Calculus II and III Curricula at University of Redlands (with J. Beery, P. Cornell, A. Killpatrick), in Confronting the Core Curriculum: Considering Change in the Undergraduate Mathematics Major, Mathematics Association of America, 1998.

A Modeling Course for the Environmental Studies Program, in Biomodeling Workshop Projects 1993-1994, National Science Foundation, 1997

Relations among Generalized Characteristic Classes, Pac. J. Math. 45 (1990), 239-254

Sandy Koonce is the coach and advisor for the men's and women's Ultimate Frisbee teams.