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# 2015 Fall Linfield

Ph.D. mathematics, University of Colorado,
Why I teach
As a student, I came to Linfield focusing on pre-engineering
and taking lots of math and physics courses, which I really
enjoyed. All was going as planned until the first nightly tutoring
session I conducted for the math course, Differential Equations,
my junior year. From that defining moment, I have loved the
process of teaching, and I knew what would truly make me happy
was to become a math professor at a small liberal arts college.
The fact that it’s Linfield is a dream come true! I continue to be
excited, like my first tutoring session, to be able to be part of
my students’ learning process. I’m inspired by what our students
can accomplish. For example, being able to master advanced
mathematical concepts, developing their own mathematical
thought process, seeing connections between mathematics and
other disciplines, as well as working with me on collaborative
research projects modeling physical phenomena such as
combustion processes, or the population dynamics of a terrorist
organization. I’m honored to help my students to believe and see
that they are capable of doing amazing things intellectually and
socially. I feel truly blessed to be able to be part of our
students’ Linfield Experience. Yes, Linfield is indeed
a powerful place, where dreams do come true!
– Stephen Bricher ’86
Summer l i n f i e l d m a g a z i n e - 1 3
Stephen Bricher ’86
Professor of Mathematics
B.A. mathematics, Linfield College,
summa cum laude
Boulder
www.linfield.edu/math
Academic interests: Nonlinear-partial
differential equations, which can be
used to model a myriad of physical
phenomena; has published several papers
on mathematical problems related to
combustion, and has presented his work
at national and international mathematics
conferences; collaborative research
projects which have culminated in student
presentations at national mathematical
meetings; advises physics theses and
often helps science students with their
mathematical questions.
Fall 2015

2015 Fall Linfield

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