I am a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Alabama and currently the graduate program director, with a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Bristol (1984), an M.Math from Cambridge (1985) and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Arizona (1989). I spent one year (19891990) as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and 3 years as a Research Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Northwestern University (19901993). I have also held numerous visiting positions at the University of Michigan and Tulane University (where I am an Adjunct Professor). My research interests are in applied mathematics, fluid dynamics and scientific computing. I am particularly interested in developing theoretical models to simulate and analyze nonlinear physical phenomena primarily with applications in the biomedical sciences. Examples include the closure and reopening of the lung's airways. See my research page for more details. For a complete (and current) list of papers see my Google Scholar listing,


TeachingI have taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in mathematics. Courses taught include Calculus (MA125/126/227), Linear Algebra (MA237), Differential Equations (MA238/MA343), Numerical Analysis (MA300/MA511/MA512), Mathematical Methods for Physicists (MA500), Numerical Linear Algebra (MA510), Topics in Applied Mathematics (MA537), Boundary Value Problems (MA541) and Singular Perturbation Methods (MA544). For more information about these courses see the undergraduate and graduate catalogs.

Contact detailsCurrent positions: Professor of Mathematics and graduate program director
Email: dhalpern@ua.edu Telephone: 2053481977 Location: Gordon Palmer Hall, GP141
Department of Mathematics University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL 35487 