Tom LoFaro


Clifford M. Swanson Professor of Mathematics in Mathematics and Computer Science

Thomas LoFaro is the Clifford M. Swanson Professor of Mathematics.  Tom earned his B.A. and M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Missouri.  He earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics at Boston University in 1994 under the direction of Professor Nancy Kopell.  His research interests are in dynamical systems and their applications to mathematical biology.  He has published papers in a wide variety of biological disciplines including neuroscience, population dynamics, and genetics.  He is currently collaborating with 2011 Nobel Conference Presenter Professor Paul Glimcher of New York University on dynamic normalization models of choice behavior.

Tom also has a long history of involvement in differential equations education issues.  He was the Principal Investigator of the NSF supported IDEA project (, he has written for and reviewed several differential equations textbooks, and is currently involved in the NSF funded CODEE project ( for whom he has conducted two mini-courses at the MAA Annual meeting.

When not teaching or doing mathematics Tom might be found fly fishing for trout in Montana, New Zealand, Missouri, ....


Ph.D. Boston University, 1994

Courses Taught


MCS-221 (Linear Algebra), MCS-230 (App Math Phy/Engineerng), MCS-231 (Math Methods in Bio), and PHY-230 (Applied Mathematics for Physics and Engineering)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
MCS-121Calculus I172013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/SP, 2003/FA, 2001/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA
MCS-122Calculus II82013/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2007/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP
PHY-230Applied Mathematics for Physics and Engineering82010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP
MCS-253Differential Equations72010/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, and 2001/SP
MCS-358Math Model Building62014/JN, 2012/JN, 2010/JN, 2008/JN, 2006/JN, and 2004/JN
MCS-119Calculus with Precalculus Review 1B52012/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, and 2008/SP
MCS-357Dynamical Systems42011/FA, 2011/SP, 2008/FA, and 2006/FA
MCS-350Honors Thesis32012/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
FTS-100First Term Seminar32011/FA, 2005/FA, and 2002/FA
MCS-118Calculus with Precalculus Review 1A32008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA
MCS-353Applied Analysis32003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA
MCS-221Linear Algebra22013/FA and 2001/FA
MCS-321Elementary Theory of Complex Variables22011/SP and 2009/SP
MCS-268Career Exploration22008/JN and 2004/JN
MCS-300Mathematics Seminar22005/SP and 2002/SP
MCS-222Multivariable Calculus22002/FA and 2002/SP
MCS-115The Nature of Math12012/FA
MCS-177Introduction to Computer Science I Lab12012/SP
MCS-220Intro Analysis12009/FA
PHY-370Advanced Math Methods12007/SP

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.