Thomas Bell

  • Associate Professor of Mathematics
  • Mathematics Program Coordinator

Education

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Oregon, 2013
  • M.S. in Mathematics, Brigham Young University 2007
  • B.S. in Mathematics, Brigham Young University, 2005

I enjoy being a part of the math faculty at Southern Virginia University. You can recognize my office by the abundance of Rubik’s Cubes and the large hyperbolic plane hanging from the ceiling. I love to read, work on puzzles, and play chess. My chess.com username is SVUDrBell, so go add me as a friend and challenge me to a game!


Education


  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Oregon, 2013
  • M.S. in Mathematics, Brigham Young University 2007
  • B.S. in Mathematics, Brigham Young University, 2005

Courses


  • Core: Intermediate Algebra, Math for the Liberal Arts, College Algebra, Trigonometry, Statistics
  • Math Major: Calculus I and II, Discrete Mathematics, History of Math, Geometry, Abstract Algebra I and II

Teaching Positions & Professional Experience


  • Associate Professor, Southern Virginia University, 2019-present
  • Assistant Professor, Southern Virginia University, 2016-2019
  • Visiting Professor, Brigham Young University 2013-2016

Scholarship & Creative Work


  • Research interests include Geometric Optimization and in Geometric Flows
  • “Uniqueness of Conformal Ricci Flow using Energy Methods” (link)
  • “Backward Ricci Flow of Compact Locally Homogeneous Geometries on 4-Manifolds” (link)

Awards, Leadership & Service


  • Rockbridge Regional Library System Board Member: 2018–present
  • Volunteer at Math Circles, a BYU outreach program for K-12 students to explore and have fun learning mathematics, 2013–16
  • Volunteer at BYU summer math camps, 2014–16
  • Missionary, Denmark Copenhagen Mission, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2001–03