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Lynn Bennethum, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair

Office Location: AB1-4309
Phone: (303) 315-1729
Areas of Expertise:
Mathematical Modeling at the Continuous Scale

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Purdue University, 1994
M.S., Mathematics, Purdue University, 1990
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, 1988
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of New Mexico, 1986


Lynn Bennethum has a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS and PhD in Applied Mathematics under the advisement of Jim Douglas Jr and John H. Cushman. She did her post doc in the field of Agronomy (soil physics). Her primary focus is on modeling porous materials (soils, biotissue, drug-delivery systems) using thermodynamics. Current projects include modeling a drug-delivery polymer (such as what is used in Aleve), the cilia of lungs passages that help propagate mucus, and partially saturated soils.

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Courses Taught

MATH 3200: Elementary Differential Equations
MATH 4733/5733: Partial Differential Equations
MATH 4791/5790: Continuous Modeling
MATH 6735: Continuum Mechanics