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Paul Becker received B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics from Michigan State University. After several years of teaching at Saginaw Valley State University (Saginaw MI), and some study in Germany, he completed a Ph.D. at Central Michigan University. He is currently an associate professor of mathematics at Beherend College, where he teaches abstract algebra, combinatorics, and related topics.
His hobbies include operating a small blueberry farm and kayaking the Great Lakes. His favorite quote is from his 4-year-old son Logan: “Daddy, you’re wrong, and Mommy can tell you why.”
- Algebra and Number Theory
Paul’s research applies ideas from a variety of fields (including combinatorics, ring theory, number theory, and linear algebra) to digital communication and error-correcting codes. Aspects of his research are accessible to undergraduates, and he has published several papers with student co-authors.
Error-correcting codes; Combinatorial designs; Sporadic groups; History of mathematics; Group representations.
Build a Sporadic Group in Your Basement, American Mathematical Monthly - April (2nd Quarter/Spring), 2017
A Methodology for Constructing the Basis of a Putative (72, 36, 16) Extremal Code for a Given Automorphism Group, Congressus Numerantium - October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2012
A Search for Solvable Weighing Matrices, Journal of Combinatorial Math and Combinatorial Computing - August, 2007
On Menon-Hadamard difference sets in groups of order 4p2, Congressus Numerantium 172 - December, 2005
Do Normal Subgroups Have Straight Tails?, American Mathematical Monthly - May, 2005
Investigation of Solvable (120, 35, 10) Different Sets, Journal of Combinatorial Designs - February, 2005
Investigation of Perfect Ternary Arrays PTA(60,25), Ontario Technical Report -- # CS - 03 - 10 Department of Computer Science - October (4th Quarter/Autumn), 2003
Investigation of Non-Abelian Difference Sets in Groups of Order 120 - May, 2000
Career Biographies of Recent Fields Medalists - 1996
Ph D, Mathematics, Central Michigan University
Other, Discrete Mathematics, Technische Universitat Braunschweig
Other, Algebraic Combinatorics
MS, Mathematics, Michigan State University
BS, Mathematics, Michigan State University