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John Pelesko
Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences
Professor of Mathematical Sciences
University of Delaware
4 Kent Way
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: 302-831-2793
Fax: 302-831-6398


John A. Pelesko holds a Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Associate Dean for the Natural Sciences in the college. As Associate Dean, he oversees the departments of Mathematical Sciences; Biological Sciences; Physics and Astronomy; Psychological and Brain Sciences; and Linguistics and Cognitive Science. He is also responsible for overseeing the secondary education enterprise within the college and the Delaware Teacher’s Institute at New Castle County.

John joined the University of Delaware in 2002 after having been a member of the faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology and having held the position of Von Karman Instructor in the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the California Institute of Technology. His research focuses on mathematical modeling, especially of micro and nanoscale engineered systems, as well as the teaching and learning of mathematical modeling. He is the author of two books, Modeling MEMS and NEMS (CRC Press, 2002), and Self Assembly: The Science of Things That Put Themselves Together (Chapman & Hall, 2007). During his time at UD, John has served as President of the College Senate, Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and chaired the Provost’s Task Force on General Education. As Chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences he led the effort to create the Mathematical Sciences Learning Laboratory, a “one-stop-shop” approach to the teaching and learning of introductory mathematics. He is active in education within the State of Delaware, working with the Delaware Department of Education to implement a new high-school course, “Foundations of College Mathematics,” and co-chairing a statewide effort to reduce the need for remedial mathematics among Delaware’s high school graduates.

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