Short Bio: Educated in three continents: Africa, Europe, and the United States. I am a naturalized US citizen. Married to a beautiful wife and a father of two amazing kids.
1015 Floyd Avenue
Richmond, VA, 23284
e-mail: mapagodu [at] vcu [dot] edu
Office: Harris Hall, 4148
Office Phone: 804-828-5984
EDUCATION
Ph. D. Rutgers University, New Brunxwick
M.Sc. Temple University, Philadelphia
Advanced Diploma, International Center for Theoretical Physics, Italy
M.Sc., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
B.Sc., Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
TEACHING
CURRENT TEACHING (fall 2016)
Math 300: Mathematical Reasoning
PAST TEACHING (at VCU)
Math 131: Excursion into Modern Mathematics
Math 211: Mathematical Structures
Math 300: Mathematical Reasoning (Seasoning!)
Math 301: Differential Equations
Math 407: Advanced Calculus
Math 428: Functions of Complex Variable
Math 507: Real Analysis I, Graduate Course
Math 508: Real Analysis II, Graduate Course
Math 525: Introduction to Combinatorics Graduate course
Math 591: Topics in Graph Theory, Graduate Course [Group Teahing]
RESEARCH
Research Interest
Enumerative and Algebraic Combinatorics, Cobinatorial Number Theory, and Computer Algebra/Algorithmic Proof Methods
Selected Publications
. Solution to The American Mathematical Monthly Problem, submitted(2016)
. (with T. Amdeberhan and D. Zeilberger) Wilf's ``Snake Oil" Method Proves an Identity in The Motzkin Triangle (2015)
. New Series Representations for Jacobi's Triple Product Identity and more via the q-Markov Method, Adv. in Appl. Math (2011)
. A short WZ-proof of Euler's Fundamental sum identity and more. J. of Number Theory, 131(2011)
. Series Evaluations of a Quartic Integrals. Ramanujan Journal,(2011)
. (with D. Zeilberger) Some nice sums are almost as nice if you turn them upside down. J. Combinatorics and Number Theory Volume 2 (2010).
. (with D. Zeilberger) Searching for Strange Identities with Sheer Brute Force, (2008), Appeared in INTEGERS, 8(2008), A36.
. (with D. Zeilberger) FIVE Applications of Wilf-Zeilberger Theory to Enumeration and Combinatorics, Computer Alebra 2006, Latest Advance in Symbolic Algorithms, edited by Ilias Kotsireas and Eugene Zima, (2007).
. (with D. Zeilberger) Multi-variable Zeilberger and Alkumvist-Zeilberger Algorithms and the Sharpening of Wilf-Zeilberger Theory, Adv. Appl. Math. 37(2006)(Special Regev issue), 139-152.
. Infinite Families of Accelerating Series for some Classical Constants Using Markoc-WZ-Method, J. Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, 7, No 1(2005), 11-24.
. The q-Markov-Method, Annals of Combinatorics, 9(2005), 205-221.
. (with D. Zeilberger) Sharp Upper Bounds for the Order of The Recurrence Outputted by the Zeilberger and q-Zeilberger Algorithms, J. of Symbolic Computation, 39(2005), 201-207.
. (with D. Zeilberger) The Markov-WZ-Method, Elect. J. of Combinatorics, V11(1), R53.8. A
. (with S.B.Ekhad) A WZ Proof of a "Curious" Identity, INTEGERS 3 (2003), A6.
Maple Programs Accompanying My Papers
Selected Unpublished Work
. (with P. Gaskill(undergraduate student) and D. Zeilberger) The Binomial Theorem for (N+n)^r (where Nf(n)=f(n+1)) preprint
. (with S.Chow) Counting Hexagonal Lattice Animals preprint
. An Unorthodox WZ proof of identities involving values of the Gamma function at rational points preprint
. One-parameter Generalizations of Ramanujan's Formula for pi (2009) preprint
. The Gift Exchange Problem, Part II. preprint
. Nineteen Strange 2F1 identities accompaning the article " Searching for Strange identities by Sheer Brute Force
My favorite math webpages
. Tewodros Andeberhan (Tulane) Teddy
. Mathias Beck (San Francisco State Univ) M. Beck
MAA Journals
. The American Mthematical Monthly Monthly
Electronic Journals
On Going Projects
Integer Partition Functions
Applications of WZ Theory
My favorite book of all time
My two favorite Complex Analysis Books