Faculty Profile

Barbara O'Donovan, MS

Instructor of Engineering and Mathematics & Statistics, Engineering Program Coordinator

B.S. in Mathematics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
M.S in Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Courses I Teach

Math for Social Justice, Calculus, Statics, Elements of Calculus, Introduction to Engineering

Areas of Expertise 

Mathematics and Engineering Education, Wind Energy Applications

I care deeply about my students’ learning and I want all students to feel capable and competent using mathematics in their everyday lives. In the classroom, I use a differentiated approach to instruction and strive to elicit higher order thinking skills to encourage students to use critical thinking to develop problem solving strategies. Being comfortable with mathematics in our ever-changing and high-tech world is essential!

Barbara O'Donovan, Lloyd Simons, and Zsu Kadas of the Saint Michael’s mathematics/statistics/engineering faculty accompanied five engineering seniors completing the Saint Michael’s College-University of Vermont 3+2 Program on Friday, April 26 as the students presented their Senior Capstone Projects at the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Engineering Design Night. These year-long projects involve teams of students working on applications proposed by local businesses, public services, or university research groups. At the lively poster session held in the Silver Maple Ballroom at the Dudley Davis Center on the University of Vermont’s campus, teams of students presented their work to an appreciative audience that crowded around the posters and displays, including Lloyd, Barbara and Zsu.
(posted June 2019)

Barbara O’Donovan, instructor of engineering and mathematics & statistics, presented “Measuring Income Inequality in a General Education or Calculus Mathematics Classroom” at the Mathematical Association of America’s MathFest 2018 held August 1-4 in Denver, CO.
(posted January 2019)

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