Emily Burkhead

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science (Math)

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Office: 274 Science/Mathematics Bldg.
Phone: (919) 760-8785


Areas of Expertise

  • Cellular Automata; studying models of phenomena which discretize both time and space; questions of interest are in the long-term behavior of such systems:  are they predictable or chaotic, for example?
  • Dynamical Systems (Topological, Symbolic, and Complex); a more theoretical focus on systems that change over time, which is discretized; the underlying space of interest could be the complex plane, a set of infinite sequences, or any “nice” topological space.

Professional biography

Dr. Emily Burkhead has worked at the Santa Fe Institute, as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and at the National Security Agency, through their summer college employment program and as a National Physical Sciences Consortium Graduate Fellow. She is a past participant of the Carleton College’s Summer Math Program and instructor at the George Washington University’s Summer Program for Women in Mathematics. Burkhead has also taught for Meredith’s Study Abroad U.K. program. She is active in mathematical research; recent publications include, “A Dynamical Study of a Cellular Automaton Model for HIV in the Lymph Nodes,” in the Bulletin of Mathematical Biology.


Academic Credentials

Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2006)
M.S. in Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2004)
B.A. with Mathematics major and Computer Science minor, College of Wooster (2001)

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