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Michael Pelsmajer

Michael Pelsmajer, Ph.D

Michael Pelsmajer
Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics
Associate Chair
Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Applied Mathematics




Rettaliata Engineering Center, Room 208A

Office Hours: 

Mondays and Fridays 12:45-1:45, and by appointment


Ph.D. - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S. - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A. - Williams College


  • Discrete Applied Mathematics: Graph Theory, Combinatorics, Applications, Algorithms & Complexity.


Selected Publications

  • Odd Crossing Number and Crossing Number Are Not the Same, with M.Schaefer and D.Stefankovic, Discrete and Computational Geometry 39, 2008, 442-454.
    Republished in Twentieth Anniversary Volume: Discrete and Computational Geometry, J.E. Goodman, J. Pach, R. Pollack (Eds.), 2009.
  • Fast Edge Colorings with Fixed Number of Colors to minimize Imbalance, with G.Calinescu, Foundations of Software Technology and Theoretical Computer Science 2006, Lecture Notes in Comput. Sci. 4337, Springer, Berlin, 2006, 117-128.
  • Graph Minors and Reliable Single Message Transmission, with F. Fich, A. Kundgen, and R. Ramamurthi, Siam J. Discrete Math 19(4), 2005, 815-847.
  • A List Analogue of Equitable Coloring, with A. V. Kostochka and D. B. West, Journal of Graph Theory, Volume 44, Issue 3, 2003, 166-177.
  • Removing Even Crossings, with M.Schaefer and D.Stefankovic, Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series B, 97(4), 2007, 489-500.

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