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Mathematical Sciences
Joseph Ecker
Department of Mathematical Sciences Faculty:

Kristin Bennett
Mohamed Boudjelkha
Margaret Cheney
Donald Drew
Joseph Ecker
Joseph E. Flaherty
Isom Herron
Mark Holmes
David Isaacson
Ashwani Kapila
Maya Kiehl
Gregor Kovacic
Peter Kramer
Gina Kucinski
Rongjie Lai
Fengyan Li
Chjan Lim
Yuri Lvov
Harry McLaughlin
Joyce McLaughlin
John Mitchell
Clifford Nolan
Bruce Piper
Victor Roytburd
David Schmidt
Donald Schwendeman
William Siegmann
Michael Zuker

Mathematical Sciences Faculty
Joseph Ecker

Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor; Professor of Mathematical Sciences; Professor of Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems


Ph.D., University of Michigan

Career Highlights:

Phi Beta Kappa, 1964
Nato Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science, 1975-76
Fulbright-Hayes Research Award, 1975-76
Rensselaer Trustees Outstanding Teacher Award, 1994
Boeing Outstanding Educator Award, 1995

Research Areas:

Ecker’s research interests are in several areas of optimization including geometric programming, multiple objective linear programming, algorithm development and evaluation in nonlinear programming, and applications of mathematical programming. Mathematical programming deals with the problem of optimizing a function of several variables subject to inequality and equality constraints on other functions of several variables. Recent areas of application include the development of an optimization model of locating protein binding sites on DNA strands and the development of a linear programming model for managing consumer credit delinquency.

He is also very interested in developing studio courses in which students are actively engaged in the learning process. Much of his current efforts have focused on developing materials for the Studio Calculus course at Rensselaer.

In addition, Ecker has focused on optimization problems involving several objective functions that are to be optimized. These multiple objective problems have important applications in management science decision making contexts.

Selected Publications:

Studio Calculus, Harper Collins College Publishers, New York, NY, 1996.

“Optimizing a linear function over an efficient set”, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications Vol. 83, No. 4, 1994 (with J.H. Song).

“Robot Trajectory Planning by Nonlinear Programming”, SIAM Journal on Scientific and Statistical Computing, Vol. 15, No. 6, pp 1401-1412 (with M. Kupferschmid and S.P. Marin), 1994.

Contact Information:

Joseph Ecker
(518) 276-6383

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