Department Chair, Mathematics
Education: B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Buckmire's research areas are computational aerodynamics, scientific computation, numerical analysis, mathematical modeling of physical phenomena, and applying mathematics to "real world" situations. He has published several article in various peer-reviewed journals, including Numerical Methods for Partial Differential Equations, IMA Journal of Management Mathematics, Works and Days and the Albany Law Review. From 2011 to 2013 he served as a Program Director in the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education in the Washington, DC area. After his return to Los Angeles, as Principal Investigator, he organized the submission of a successful NSF S-STEM proposal which will ultimately bring in over $600,000 primarily for scholarships for academicaly talented but financially needy students to pursue degrees in science and mathematics at Occidental College from 2015-2020.
Buckmire currently serves on multiple committees to promote diversity in mathematics at national organizations such as the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). He is frequently called upon to serve as a subject matter expert for numerous agencies and grant programs.
Buckmire's teaching interests lie primarily in teaching mathematics where context is important. He teaches courses in calculus, differential equations, complex analysis, mathematical modeling, applied mathematics and history of mathematics. He is interested in the implementation and study of innovative pedagogical techniques to improve student learning outcomes.