Algebraic combinatorics concerns nonnegative integers which occur in algebraic settings. Professor Skandera’s research focuses on the evaluation of Hecke algebra and symmetric group characters, studied from four points of view: explicit character evaluations, symmetric generating functions, coordinate ring generating functions, and applications to total nonnegativity.

# Mark Skandera

### Associate Professor

Brown University, Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics, 1991

UC-Berkeley, M.S. in Operations Research, 1992

MIT, Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, 2000

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### Research Areas

### Additional Interests

- Algebraic Combinatorics

### Research Statement

### Biography

Before beginning his academic career, Professor Skandera studied applied mathematics at Brown University, the University of California at Berkeley and at MIT, and worked as a software developer for Boston Treasury Systems. He held postdoctoral positions at the University of Michigan, Dartmouth College, and Haverford College, and visiting positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He has been a professor at Lehigh University since 2006.

Links to Professor Skandera’s papers and presentations can be found on the website.

### Teaching

Professor Skandera teaches calculus, linear algebra, probability, abstract algebra, and combinatorics at Lehigh.