School of Science, Health and Technology
Faculty Profiles and Bios
Dr. Terrence Blackman
Number Theory & Mathematics Education
Terrence Richard Blackman graduated Cum Laude with honors in mathematics from Brooklyn College in the City University of New York. He holds M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees, in mathematics, from The Graduate School of City University of New York. Dr. Blackman was born in Georgetown, Guyana. He is an old boy of the famed Guyanese high school, Queens College.
Dr. Blackman is Dean of The School of Science, Health Technology at Medgar Evers College in the City University of New York. He is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and a former Chair of The Department of Mathematics at Medgar Evers College. He is also a former Assistant Professor in The Department of Education Research Policy and Practice in the Morgridge College of Education at The University of Denver and a former Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Dr. Blackman works on aspects of the Jacquet Langlands correspondence in the Langlands Program. His investigations are number-theoretic and they involve ideas from harmonic and complex analysis. They are related to Mark Kac's famous question: Can you hear the shape of a drum?
Dr. Blackman is also actively engaged in research on many issues which surround “Equity & Excellence" in the teaching and learning of mathematics and science in general and in urban minority communities in particular. His most recent work explores the building of capacity in the mathematical sciences in ways that promote excellence, affirm and leverage the histories and cultural assets and resources of minority and underrepresented communities and proposes a new Cultural Resonance Framework (CRF) for the teaching, learning and knowledge production of mathematics, in African American communities.
He has presented his work at local, national and international conferences and published in journals in both mathematics and mathematics education and his work has been supported by the US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Dr. Blackman is a member of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). He is a member of the Society's prestigious Committee on Science Policy. The Committee on Science Policy serves as a forum for dialogue about matters of science policy involving representatives of the Society, government and other interested parties; interacts with Federal agencies and policymakers; provides advice to the Society on matters of broad science policy; and conducts periodic reviews of Society activities in areas of science policy. He is also a member of The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and The National Association of Mathematicians (NAM). He is a contributor to the Conference of African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences (CAARMS) and a member Mathematicians of the African Diaspora Editorial Board.
Dr. Blackman is a frequent public speaker on issues related to student success in mathematics.
Dr. Carolle Bolnet
Genetics and Plant Breeding
Dr. Jean Michelet Jean--Michel
Associate Professor (Chairperson)
Differential equations and dynamical systems
Professor Jean-Michel holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Rutgers University-Newark and Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Applied Mathematics from Brown University. Before coming to Medgar Evers College, he was an assistant professor at The College of New Jersey and a tenured associate professor at South Carolina State University. He uses techniques from differential equations and dynamical systems to investigate problems in laser physics and mathematical biology.
Dr. Chiyedza Small
Associate Professor/Director of Honors Program
Dr. Mohsin Patwary
Dr. Patwary was born and brought up in Bangladesh . From an early age he developed an interest in science and nature. Agriculture was the major activity in the region where he spent his formative years, influencing his decision to study plant science. He began his career teaching in a private college in Texas with over 95% students of African descent. Though he had a very positive experience teaching there, he was interested to move to a bigger city. Medgar Evers College gave him the opportunity to continue teaching students of color in a more conducive environment.
Dr. Anthony Udeogalanya
Genetics and Plant Breeding
Dr. Udeogalanya was born and raised in Ogidi, Anambra State of Nigeria. He became interested in studying science, specifically biological sciences, due to his close association with his high school zoology teacher. Udeogalanya came to work in Medgar Evers College during the Spring semester of 1991 after visiting some colleagues at Medgar Evers College in the Fall of 1990. At that time, he was a visiting scientist at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Before his visiting scientist position at the University of Wisconsin, Udeogalanya was a full time tenured faculty member at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in Enugu State of Nigeria.
Dr. Jin Shin
Environmental Organic Chemistry, Urban Public Health, Atmospheric Chemistry
Dr. Shin’s specialty and research areas are developing analytical method for the trace levels of toxic chemicals including persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and trace metals in the water/air/sediment/biota samples. In addition, he is interest in fate and transport of these anthropogenic chemicals in the urban atmosphere to find out significant impact on regional air quality, coastal ecosystem and public health. Shin has authored and co-authored 20 peer-reviewed journal and conference proceeding paper since 2000. He received his Ph. D. degree in Environmental Science at Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick, in 2000. After obtaining his Ph.D., Shin worked at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) in New Jersey and Department of Environmental Engineering in the University of Connecticut as a postdoctoral researcher. Before he joined CUNY, he also served as Chief Chemist in the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute (MERI) at the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission (NJMC) for 12 years. Shin was appointed as associate professor in Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science at Medgar Evers College on September 1, 2015.
Dr. Lawrence Pratt
Department: Chemistry and Environmental Science
Chemistry, Environmental Science
Dr. Lawrence M. Pratt is an associate professor of chemistry at Medgar Evers College who is known for for his work on alternative fuel technology. Professor Pratt, who received his Ph.D. in Polymer Science from Cornell University, has a long list of other research interests: organolithium chemistry, molecular modeling, physical organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and green chemistry.
Professor Pratt has captured the media spotlight for his research into converting brown grease into a new energy source. The same or similar technology also appears to apply to other sources of low grade waste oils, such as those derived from sludges and municipal garbage. Students work closely with him on his projects.
Fluent in Vietnamese, Professor Pratt was director of International Research Experience for Students (IRES) at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Science from 2009-2011, before coming to MEC. He has ongoing research and educational collaborations with universities in Vietnam, Japan and Malaysia.
Dr. Joshua Sussan
Dr. Joshua Sussan, an associate professor of Mathematics at Medgar Evers College, received his Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Yale University. He has been a post-doctoral Scholar at the University of California in Berkeley and a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn.
Professor Sussan grew up in the Bronx and is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. His research interests lie in the field of quantum topology. The basic idea, he explains, is to use techniques from the field of representation theory to answer questions about shapes in three or four dimensions. The application of representation theory to three-dimensional shapes was established in the early 1990s. In the late 1990s the subject of categorification was created to address questions about four-dimensional shapes.
Dr. Sussan’s work focuses on some specific questions in the categorification program, and he has collaborators at Columbia University and around the world. He also enjoys working with students. Dr. Sussan runs the MEC Mathematics Colloquium, which brings speakers from around the world to MEC to talk about their research with faculty. He is also the advisor for the MEC Mathematical Society.
Professor Sussan won the Jon A. Bucsela Prize in Mathematics for being the top graduating Senior at MIT in Mathematics. He has won several awards from the City University of New York for his work, as well as the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation CUNY Junior Faculty Award. He has published numerous papers on his work and presented it at dozens of conference talks and seminars here and abroad, including the University of Zurich, Brandeis University, and the University of Virginia.
Dr. Oluwaseun Salako
Department: Chemistry and Environmental Science
Adsorption, Gas Hydrates
Dr. Salako was born and raised in an ancient city called Abeokuta in Nigeria. He came to the United States of America for his undergraduate studies in Chemical Engineering at the City College of New York. Salako was then readmitted for his graduate studies. His interest in Chemical Engineering stems from his strong mathematics and chemistry background in high school and the curiosity of wanting to know how things work.
Prof. Herbert Odunukwe
Materials Science and Engineering
Mr. Odunukwe a Full Time Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics who teaches Developmental and College Algebra courses. Over the years, he has been actively involved in day to day administrative duties coordinating basic skills program; developing policies, implementing CUNY guidelines, pioneered redesign of new developmental Math curricula and developing new ones. Odunukwe pioneered the development of non-STEM math initiative at MEC which has, to date, received over $100,000 in grants and completed 14 sessions of pilot sessions. He pioneered integration of technology to teaching and learning of developmental Math courses – using MyMathlab, MathXL and ALEKS technology software.