I maintain a private (non-Macalester-affiliated) consulting business called Integral Math Solutions. Through this venture, I offer a full range of services related to mathematics research, education, and communication:
- Pedagogy and curriculum consulting for higher education faculty and/or departments, including e-learning, distance learning, and blended learning
- Mathematical modeling, analysis, and simulation for scientific and nonscientific applications
- Editing, writing, and other support for books, manuscripts, grant proposals, and presentations
- Tutoring/enrichment for junior high, high school, and college students (all levels of ability)
Here are some testimonials about my work.
About Chad M. Topaz, Principal, Integral Math Solutions: I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics (with tenure) at Macalester College, a top-25 ranked liberal arts college in St. Paul, MN. Educated at Harvard (B.A.) and Northwestern (Ph.D.), I taught at Duke and UCLA prior to Macalester. I am an award-winning teacher, grant-funded researcher, and experienced scientific communicator. More details are available on my curriculum vitae and on my press page.
Research: I am an applied mathematician with special strengths in mathematical modeling, mathematical biology, dynamical systems, and scientific computing. My work, funded since 2006 by single-investigator grants from the National Science Foundation, has been shared via approximately 20 articles in high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals and over 60 research presentations at colleges, universities, and professional conferences. In 2013, I won the Outstanding Paper Prize from the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) for some of my work. This prize is given for outstanding papers published in SIAM journals during the three years prior to the year of the award. I am also a Kavli Fontiers Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.
Teaching, pedagogy, and curriculum: Winner of the Sorgenfrey Award for the teaching of mathematics from UCLA and the college-wide Rossman Award for Excellence in Teaching, I pride myself on reaching students at all levels of ability, increasing their mathematical skills, and building their mathematical passion by showing them the relevance and importance of the subject. I follow best practices identified through pedagogical research, and am experienced with technology-enhanced and blended learning. For my teaching effectiveness and innovation, I have been invited to share my ideas at institutions such as the University of British Columbia, George Mason University, Swarthmore College, the University of Southern California, and more. I helps steer the national discourse on undergraduate mathematics education as an Associate Editor for SIAM Review, the flagship journal of the field of applied mathematics. I also am experienced with online courses.
Communication: In addition to 16 years of experience as a mathematical writer and speaker, I have served as a peer reviewer for approximately 20 scientific journals, two textbook publishers, and two government agencies. In short, I have both a practitioner’s and an evaluator's view of successful scientific communication.